In January I spent a long weekend in Miami with an awesome group of bloggers, exploring different parts of the city and tasting the different type of cuisines Miami had to offer. With its strong Latin American influence Miami offers a wide variety of flavours, our personal favourite was Peruvian. After our return to cold and grey London we couldn’t help but miss the Miami sunshine and tasty Peruvian food, so we decided to hit Lima Floral! Lima Floral is one of the best Peruvian restaurants in London, just what we needed to get over the post holiday blues!
About Lima Floral
Lima Floral is a contemporary Peruvian restaurant, created by the world-renowned Peruvian chef Virgilio Martinez and his partners, Gabriel and Josè-Luis Gonzalez. Lima Floral was born as an extension of its Michelin starred partner restaurant in Fitzrovia. Located in the heart of Covent Garden, Lima Floral is a bright and lively venue where you can try all the best that Peruvian cuisine has to offer.
Drinks at Lima Floral
As is always the case with big dinners amongst friends, some people are always going to be late. This however isn’t always a negative for the early comers, since it meant we could make a head start in trying the renowned Peruvian cocktails of Lima Floral. On top of Peruvian classics such as the Pisco Sour Lima Floral serves a number of other speciality cocktails that combine Peruvian liqueurs and flavours to more classical Western drinks.
Starters at Lima Floral
We ordered a number of different starters to kick off our dinner. Peruvian classics such as Yuca Chips and Plantain Crisps just had to feature in our dinner choices. They both come served with a ricotta cheese sauce that made for the perfect start to our dinner. We ordered other Peruvian classics such as ceviches, we chose the Ocean and Salmon Nikkei ones. These are fresh fish dishes marinated in respectively traditional tiger’s milk and a Japanese-style rocoto marinade, the former served with sweet potato purée and crispy corn, and the latter with organic radish and sea asparagus. Ceviches are light and fresh dishes, perfect to get you in the Peruvian mood but without filling you up too much before mains. We also tried the Causas, a typical Peruvian starter made by a quick-fried potato blend that can be topped with pretty much anything. We tried the Chicken and the Beef Tartare causas. If you love potato croquetas, you have to try this Peruvian variation.
Mains at Lima Floral
For the mains we ordered a mix of meat and fish based dishes, going for the Lamb Rump Amazonia, the Suckling Pig, the Tuna Sakura Maru and the Hake Nisei. The suckling pig was my personal favourite. The pig was slow-cooked and extremely tender, served with celeriac purée, a sweet ajì garlic sauce and crackling. The contrast between the soft textures of the purée and the crunchy crackling added to the explosion of flavours of the slow-cooked pork. Up next came the hake nisei; with its Japanese-style stir-fried seaweed, soya and ginger it presented interesting flavours that I was not expecting from Peruvian cuisine. The lamb rump also had an unusual flavour; it was coated in herbs and coffee dust and served with Peruvian potatoes, fresh herbs cheese and red kiwicha. The meat was tender and rich in flavour, with the potatoes and cheese creating a perfect side contrast. Last but not least, the tuna sakura maru was served seared with roasted vegetables and a citrus brown butter sauce.
Desserts at Lima Floral
At this stage we were getting pretty full, but we couldn’t help but have a dessert to end our dinner. I’m a huge fan of dulce de leche and when I saw the Alfajores on the menu, I knew I just had to try them! These are typical Peruvian short bread style biscuits filled with dulce de leche and served with dulce de leche ice cream. This dessert is the proof that there is no such thing as too much dulce de leche. We also got a Cacao de Piura; a Peruvian chocolate mousse, because you know, can’t say no to chocolate, and a Guava Sorbet and a Sweet Corn Ice Cream to close the meal. The sweet corn ice cream was very tasty but had a very strong corn flavour that we found hard to associate with dessert. The guava sorbet instead was refreshing and the perfect flavour to end our dinner on.
Have you been to Lima Floral before? How did you find it? Let me know in the comments below! If this post got you super excited about heading to Lima Floral you can start planning your meal there by checking out the full menu here. If you’re looking for other cool food experiences in London check out my London street food market guide or this afternoon tea bus tour review.