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|Address:||31 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1JH|
|Tel:||020 7768 0267|
|Price: £52.00||Wine: £19.00||Champagne: £52.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 12N-2.30pm 5.30-10.30pm|
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We arrived slightly late for our early sitting (18:30) at our pre-booked table of 4 at Lima on Thursday evening.
The staff were welcoming and we were promptly offered a cocktail to start us off. The first waiter for the evening offered us a Pisco Sour which is a traditional Peruvian grape distilled brandy cocktail. This was delicious and a great start to the evening.
Our Chielan waiter ‘Juan’ suggested a bottle of Chielean Sauvignon Blanc as an accompanyment to all the fish we had ordered as well as very clearly and patiently explaining all the dishes on the menu. The bottle of wine is not one which I normally would have ordered, and upon tasting I remembered why. This was quite an average Sauvignon Blanc with no particularly interesting characteristic to speak of.
We decided to start with five ‘crudo’ small plates, which we would all share to make sure we tried as much on offer as possible. We chose both ‘tiraditos’ the peruvian cousin to ceviche. The bay scallops with yellow aji pepper, sweet potato, annatto and lime was a great dish which combined sweet and sour flavours and soft and crunchy textures. The salmon was a very nice compliment with it's slightly spicy and sweet rocoto pepper sauce. I then delved into the Sea Bass ceviche with corn and tiger's milk. This was my highlight of the meal. A great combination of textures and flavours. Our final starter was the duck with foie gras and honey sauce which came a close second to the ceviche. The final crudo was the octopus al olivo which was also delicious and well put together.
After our ‘crudo’ we picked three mains, one from the ‘mar’, sea, and two from the ‘tierra’, earth. The lamb shoulder and suckling pig were both tasty although neither was as special as any of the starters. The fish main was the Hailbut which was very well cooked and my favourite of the three, a very big statement from a meat lover.
We tried four of the desserts: the chocolate pieces with mango, dulce de leche with a maca root crumble and beetroot ice cream, the Andean kiwicha (a cereal grain) with sheep’s milk, cinnamon and purple corn jelly & chanchamayo coffee, coca leaf, chancaca (a sweet peruvian honey sauce) & olive oil. Although all of the desserts were tasty enough I didn't personally feel that any of these dishes compared to the quality of the starters. Out of the four I would suggest the Peruvian ‘chancamayo’ coffee ice cream.
This was all finished off with a nice bottle of Pedro Ximenez. We were then politely asked to vacate our table and were directed towards the bar. I didn't mind this as we had been sitting at the table for over two hours, however after three attempted printings of our bill, we only received our correct bill over 30 minutes later. This was a frustrating finish to what was otherwise and very enjoyable evening at Lima. I would definitely consider going back again soon.