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With Lima already strutting its Michelin-starred stuff in Fitzrovia, superstar chef Virgilio Martinez has brought upmarket Peruvian cuisine to the corner of Covent Garden’s Floral Street. The site has seen several restaurants come and go, but this newcomer has made a great impression, featuring many of Lima’s favourite dishes, a generous helping of British produce and rare Peruvian ingredients such as paiche (freshwater fish) and blue potato. Helpful staff are well-versed in explaining the unfamiliar names on the one-page menu, where top calls include savoury sea scallop tostadas and tiradito: long strips of silky sea bream in a fresh ‘green tiger’s milk’ marinade topped with crunchy crushed corn. Bright native-Peruvian designs create a distinctive look, though low ceilings, hard parquet floors and wide tables mean things can get noisy. In the basement, the cosy, no-bookings Pisco Bar delivers knock-out Pisco Sours, Chilcanos and ‘piqueos’ (Peruvian small plates).

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  1. 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,...
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  1. Published : Monday, 4 August 2014

    Nomface :: Lima Floral, London

    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...
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  1. 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...
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  1. Published : Tuesday, 19 August 2014

    Sam Stewart Etc :: Lima Floral

    I started reading about Lima Floral several months ago when they posted about the concept, opening timing etc. We have been to Lima several times and love it so we were beyond excited to try Lima Floral. When we arrived, Damiano who worked at Lima for two years welcomed us and immediately asked us to please pass on honest comments at the end of the meal. When I mentioned how much we loved the older Lima, he said they really tried to have a completely different menu so guests didn’t feel like it was just a new place, but with the same food.

    I think Lima Floral is even better than Lima. First of all, the entrance...
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  1. Published : Wednesday, 20 August 2014

    Whistle and Bango :: Lima Floral – my Peruvian dinner

    Lima Floral is the baby sister of Michelin-stared Lima Fitzrovia; created as a more affordable option. We’re talking £18 a main rather than £25, but still, we appreciate the gesture from creator Virgilio Martinez. We patiently await your basic range before we become regulars – like Tesco finest versus Tesco value. Restaurants should do that.

    Again, Lima Floral is Peruvian themed but with less fuss, slightly friendlier pricing and a wonderful basement bar. I among many am very pleased about this opening, particularly because I’ve not been lucky enough to visit the flagship...
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  1. Not happy with his domination of South America, Virgilio set his sights on conquering London and opened LIMA Fitzrovia with Robert Ortiz, his longtime friend running the kitchen. After becoming the first Peruvian restaurant to be awarded a Michelin star we all knew that it wouldn’t be long till another LIMA would be launched.

    And that other LIMA was LIMA Floral, we headed there to test drive their Long lunch (£30). We were very tempted to try the Andean Breakfast (£18), but it’s only available till 12.30 and we love our Sunday morning lay ins too much (especially as the clocks went forward this particular...
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  1. To celebrate my belated birthday, one of my friends invited me to Lima Floral. Since the restaurant opened in July 2014 I heard a lot of different opinion about it and always wanted to go there. The restaurant is located near Covent Garden on Garrick Street and serves traditional Peruvian dishes. It seems that my friend has an addiction for Peruvian cuisine at the moment as I have been to Chotto Matte in February with her too...
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  1. So tonight I’m back in Covent Garden trying out newly opened Lima Floral. I ate at Lima earlier this year and absolutely loved it, so felt it was compulsory to visit the new member in the family. Chef-patron Virgilio Martinez describes the latest addition as a “natural evolution” and talks about it being “natural, indigenous and unique”. Well, I have to say he’s certainly achieved that, the Lima eating experience is a truly exciting one.

    The white washed brick walls and brightly coloured cushions create a wonderfully modern and comfortable environment. The menu is, as at Lima, totally intriguing. Having checked...
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  • Cuisine: Peruvian
  • Area: Covent Garden
  • Price: £50.00
  • Wine: £19.50
  • Champagne: £75.00
  • Lunch: £17.50/19.50 (2/3 courses)

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