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Square Meal Review of Lima ?

“The best pisco sour I’ve ever had” is an endorsement likely to send hipsters into overdrive, but Lima ain’t no humble Latin street-food shifter – main man Virgilio Martinez is Peru’s superstar chef, although you won’t find him at the stoves here. Expect a dining space simply done out with Aztec flourishes, a friendly bunch of waiters and a menu packed with compelling combos that look mighty fine on the plate. Ceviche threatens to steal the show (try the tantalising sea bream version), although melting braised octopus with white quinoa and Botija olives isn’t far behind. Splashes of colour and punchy flavours also define the likes of lamb shoulder with eco dried potato or sea bass chalaca with olluco root, avocado oil and fiery yellow ají emulsion. Prices are on the steep side, so we’d suggest trying the set lunch or early-evening menu as a sampler.


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  1. We went to Lima on a Monday lunchtime, the restaurant was fairly quiet but we did start early at around midday, it had started to fill as we were leaving, mainly couples, not the office crowds I was expecting. The waiter must be mentioned, he is incredibly helpful and explained everything on the menu, which was a great help because quite frankly, none of it made any sense, it would have been a game of roulette otherwise...
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  1. Published : Saturday, 8 September 2012

    love2feed :: eat: lima

    One of the latest additions to Fitzrovia’s food haven. I’ve read so much buzz online about Lima by the online foodie community and positive affirmations from friends who had tried, tested and loved. This greatly helped my head spinning decision of where to take Him for his birthday, especially when there’s so many choices out there (I literally had 2 other restaurants booked which were cancelled at the last minute!). Plus, you must be in good hands when chef Virgilio Martinez has a list of culinary accolades next to his name – chef patron of Central, the #1 restaurant in Lima and Executive Chef at one of the San Pellegrino...
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  1. Published : Sunday, 3 March 2013

    Saying it straight :: Lima.

    Very fashionable, Peruvian food. Almost a trend. Not only this, but Ceviche, and Tierra Peru, in Islington. And whilst at Ceviche, last week, Twitter, in that know-it-all way that it has, told me that I was in the wrong place. Go to Lima, it said, it’s much better. And having now done just that, I can tell you, helpfully that Twitter is right, but it is also wrong. They are both good and whilst there is indeed ceviche and tiger’s milk in the centre of the Ceviche/Lima Venn diagram, they are not, in my view, comparable. One is delicate fine-ish dining and the other is street food/relaxed...
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  1. Published : Monday, 28 October 2013

    Livelifelovecake :: Lima, London

    In my eyes, food should be enjoyed at a leisurely pace, in adequate amounts and enough to leave you feeling satisfied yet not overly full. It must look good and taste good with style and substance playing equal roles. I was instantly drawn to Peruvian restaurant Lima when it opened its doors in June last year, after seeing beautifully looking photos circulating online. The reviews that followed were just as stunning as the photographs and when they were awarded with their very first Michelin star I knew I just had to visit. There was just one issue, finding someone like me who prefers the small pretty portions offered...
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  1. Lima is the creation of world-renowned Peruvian chef Virgilio Martinez. He’s the chef patron of Central in Lima, Peru which is ranked No. 15 in the San Pellegrino list of the best restaurants in the world. Lima in London is the first Peruvian restaurant to be awarded a Michelin star. It’s a light, contemporary space with friendly, welcoming staff.

    The menu is, well, totally different to anything I’ve encountered. Peruvian food has got to be the ultimate and most complex form of fusion food…as well as being influenced by the Incas, this multi-cultural country’s cuisine also has strong influences from Spain,...
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  1. LIMA is a newly open Peruvian restaurant oversee by the Executive Chef Virgilio Martinez along with the head chef, Robert Ortiz, both a bonafide Peruvian food extraordinaire, with years of experience under their belt. This cuisine is foreign to me and I have no idea what to expect other than the usual ubiquitos ceviche. Even after months of following them on the twitter since they launched the account; through their sessions after sessions of staff menu tasting photo teases, I'm still as clueless as to what will be on the menu. However, I was fascinated by this region's offerings since the opening of Ceviche, Soho,...
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  1. Published : Thursday, 24 July 2014

    Drifting Epicure :: Lima

    Peruvian food was as foreign to me as space food before Peruvian restaurants started popping up in London. Ceviche and pisco were my only references to this exotic cuisine from far away land. My first exposure to Peruvian food at Andina in Shoreditch gave me mixed feelings. My second exposure at Ceviche left me a deeper impression of the cuisine. I was hoping that Lima would show me a different angle of Peruvian produce.

    I see some parallels with Peruvian and Nordic food. Both don’t have a deep culinary culture on its own but influenced by people bringing in foreign cuisine. New Nordic started as a way to...
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  1. Published : Friday, 4 October 2013

    Samphire and Salsify :: Lima

    I’d heard good things about Lima, a Peruvian restaurant in Fitzrovia, so was excited for our dinner there with a group of friends. I wasn’t familiar with the cuisine of Peru but was expecting very pretty plates of food with big bold flavours and that’s exactly what we got...
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  1. Published : Saturday, 15 September 2012

    FoodiesOnTheProwl FoodiesOnTheProwl :: Lima, Sept 2012

    There’s been a lot of hype around Peruvian restaurants opening in London recently. At the epicentre of it all is Lima restaurant. We decided to give it a try and quite frankly, we were blown away!

    Quite honestly we didn’t know what to expect from Lima. We knew that the head chef, Virgilio Martinez, hailed from good stock. Previously he worked at a top 50 San Pellegrino restaurant in Peru, called Astrid y Gaston, but we’d never been. However, based on the dishes we sampled at Lima, I can’t conclude other than: extremely good chef!...
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  1. Published : Monday, 4 November 2013

    Munch My Way :: Lima, Fitzrovia

    Lima, located just right behind the buzzling Tottenham Court Road, offers Peruvian cuisine to the already diverse eating scene of London.

    Lima food is created by Chef Virgilio Martinez who also is the owner of Central in Lima, Peru which made the list of San Pellegrino’s 50 best restaurant in the world and voted #4 of the Latin America best restaurant. Lima has just been awarded 1 Michelin Star and was not surprised why.. The food approach is about authenticity, seasonality and freshness...
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  1. Peruvian food is one of my culinary passions and having had the pleasure to try world class, traditional ceviche at Sonia in Lima, the latest openings of Ceviche and Lima restaurants got me really excited. So my craving for Peruvian food found some good satisfaction with dinner at “Lima” in London.

    Lima: Pisco Sour
    Lima: Pisco Sour
    Virgilio Martinez and his team are dedicated to bring unique and organic produce from Peru, primarily the Andes and the Amazon to the plate. Sustainability is also one of their goals, so a lot of the ingredients are actually sourced in the UK...
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  1. Published : Thursday, 29 August 2013

    vialaporte :: Lima // Fitzrovia // London

    Lima is a restaurant that has given London something completely new. With its Peruvian flavours and ingredients, it’s playful bright plating, its enthused and charming service – it all comes together to create an exceptional dining experience that you won’t have been expecting.

    While you kick-off with a passion fruit pisco sour, you’ll need some time to digest the inventive flavour combinations on the menu...
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  1. Published : Friday, 1 November 2013

    The Swindian :: Restaurant review: Lima

    It’s not often I go to a Michelin-starred restaurant. In fact, there have only been two occasions, one of which was before my blog started, at Arbutus, and the other was a very good value deal at Yauatcha. I was really looking forward to going to Lima, as I had no idea what Peruvian cuisine consisted of, and I had been reading a lot about it, as it has just been awarded its first Michelin star...
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  1. Published : Wednesday, 15 January 2014

    the chic brulee :: Lima Restaurant, London

    This weekend my husband and I checked out Lima, a Michelin-starred Peruvian restaurant in Fitzrovia. I had high expectations for Latin American chef Virgilio Martinez’s London restaurant after reading some above average critic reviews and having a bit of trouble getting a primetime reservation (persistence on TopTable is key). We had an 8:30 p.m. friday night table and while I initially envisioned a dark, buzzy and lively scene, it was quiet and bright, and everything from the ambience to the service fell a little flat. All that aside, we were there to dine, so I was willing to forgive all of that if the food was...
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  1. Published : Monday, 30 September 2013

    Tiki Chris :: Lunch at Lima: Wow.

    Peruvian chef Virgilio Martinez’s much lauded London outpost, Lima, has just received its first Michelin star – and the first one ever granted to a Latin restaurant in Europe. Guess who was lucky enough to enjoy a leisurely lunch there the day after the big announcement? Yep. And I loved every last bite of it too.

    So how’s this for delicious timing? My booking for lunch at Lima perfectly coincided with the fine dining restaurant’s first full day after being announced as a recipient of a Michelin star. I hadn’t even realised Michelin was going to announce its list for 2014 when I arranged to go. I had planned...
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  1. Published : Thursday, 29 August 2013

    vialaporte :: Lima // Fitzrovia // London

    Lima is a restaurant that has given London something completely new. With its Peruvian flavours and ingredients, it’s playful bright plating, its enthused and charming service – it all comes together to create an exceptional dining experience that you won’t have been expecting.

    While you kick-off with a passion fruit pisco sour, you’ll need some time to digest the inventive flavour combinations on the menu. Each plate is a flamboyant piece of art, with staples of corn, quinoa and peppers taking leading roles. Though this might not sound appetising, these ingredients will come in forms and be used in ways...
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  1. One of the perks of having a weekday off is that you can take advantage of plethora of midweek lunch deals. Since me and my sister had the day off, we decided to treat ourselves to lunch at Lima, a michelin starred peruvian restaurant in Fitzrovia. Making the most of being on leave on a Friday, we promptly ordered some cocktails. We decided on a couple of Chimos, a delicious strawberry, bubbly concoction. The express menu was great value and with a choice of 2 starters, 2 mains and 2 desserts, we selected one of each and shared. Complimentary bread was served with a yoghurt dip and we had salmon ceviche and butterfish...
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  1. LIMA, brings Peru straight into a small restaurant in Fitzrovia, complete with unique organic and wild produce from small growers based in Peru through to the beautiful striking presentations.

    The interior is not obviously glamorous but it is instead designed to be fun and comforting. In true South American style there are splashes of bright colour across the interior with contemporary seating and artwork on the walls.

    LIMA is a representation of the gastronomic expansion that has taken place in Peru during the last few years and has transported itself to the capital. As a result dining at LIMA is...
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Private Dining at Lima

Lima’s semi-private dining room, the Sotano, is located in the restaurant’s cellar and features blue-leather banquettes, an art wall showcasing paintings by great South American artists, plus its own fully stocked bar. Ideal for business dining, private parties or small acoustic concerts, this room can accommodate up to 26 seated guests, or 36 standing.


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