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With Lima already strutting its Michelin-starred stuff in Fitzrovia, superstar chef Virgilio Martinez and his partners
have brought their upscale Peruvian show to Covent Garden with the launch of a new site on the corner of Floral Street. Occupying a beautiful monastic building that has seen several restaurants
come and go, the new venture features many of Lima’s favourite dishes, a generous helping of British produce and some rare Peruvian ingredients. Top calls include scallop ceviche pointed up with
chia (a member of the mint family), Amazonian fish with warm causa (seasoned yellow potatoes), and a veggie tiradito involving kohlrabi and quinoa. Lima Floral also features a basement ‘piqueos
bar’ serving riffs on pisco sour, cocktails and Peruvian-style small plates.
So many restaurants, so little time / money / metabolism / willing dining partners [delete as appropriate] to tackle them all. Despite my interests placing me in them many times in a week, there are a number of key players I am yet to visit: The Clove Club, Morito, River Cafe, Antidote, Pizzaro, Tayyabs - the list is longer than the one to get into Chiltern Firehouse (don’t bother) and I’ve still barely made a dent. So if, from the endless London dining offerings all vying for my attention, I choose to eat at a new opening twice within a few days of each other, the place is doing something right.Granted, both of these visits were within Lima Floral’s soft launch period; a common undertaking for new openings where 50% or so of the food bill is removed in exchange for the grace of customers to allow them to work through teething problems often only discovered in the throes of a busy service. It also already had it’s older, smaller, Michelin-starred sister - Lima in Fitzorovia - setting the bar high when it comes to Peruvian food; my first meal there in 2012 was my maiden encounter with the cuisine, and I fell for it and the the restaurant hard...
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We recently found ourselves wanting a light dinner following an epic lunch at Gymkhana earlier on in the day. Trying to think of a few seafood places we were wondering around Covent Garden and popped across Lima Floral on Floral Street which opened last month and is the younger sibling of the Michelin starred Lima in Fitzrovia on Rathbone Place. The cuisine is Peruvian and not having tried ceviche before it seemed the perfect candidate for a light meal.We chanced our luck at a table in the main dining area but as expected at 8pm on a Friday night it was fully booked and heaving. Although luck would have it that they had a downstairs bar area serving piqueos, tapas sized dishes which were even better for our appetite as well as scoring a comfy booth...
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If you've seen me on Twitter recently, you'll know that most of my tweets have been about either the weather, cold rose wine - or Lima Floral. I remember when the original Lima opened up in Fitzrovia and being so excited to eat from a menu which i had barely any idea of what i was eating - and how everything that i put into my mouth was a dream come true. So you could imagine my excitement when the new Lima Flora was announced. As soon as the doors were open, i was in - twice.Virgilio Martinez, the brains behind Michelin starred Lima London is overseeing the menu here, while head chef, Robert Ortiz is the one working the magic into the kitchen here at Lima Floral. It was a baking hot 30 degrees outside, so what a godsend it was when we walked through the door. Cool, calm, exposed brick and a turquoise colour scheme running through. It was exactly how i pictured it, but much more casual then its counterpart, Lima. Some bread arrived, simple - but delicious. And the accompanying syrup for dipping was unlike anything I've eaten before. I think it was the same Algarrobina syrup and hot annatto oil they serve at Lima...
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