Lima

22

"VERY GOOD"

11 reviews

31 Rathbone Place , London, W1T 1JH

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020 3002 2640

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Lima restaurant dining eating out London 2016
Lima restaurant dining eating out London 2016
Lima restaurant dining eating out London 2016
Lima restaurant dining eating out London 2016
Lima restaurant dining eating out London 2016

SquareMeal Review of Lima

22

"VERY GOOD"

Squaremeal London Hot 100 2016Forget the hot barometer of Peruvian food, Lima is one of the few restaurants in London making the unfamiliar utterly delicious. Start with an easy-drinking Pisco Sour plus some puffy pumpkin seed bread, but defer further choice to staff who know the baffling menu inside out. From crisp octopus tentacles on polenta-like maize and olive purée (a riot of purple) to blood-red potatoes set against sour, yellow dressing and artichokes, every dish is a picture in vibrant Technicolor. Elsewhere, sweet potato melded into corn purée is a veggie spin on ceviche, while the real thing is spiky, silky perfection involving dense-fleshed chunks of sea bass. Pressed suckling pig is a standout main (especially with a side of creamy sun-dried potato), while avocado cream and chocolate mousse is a knockout dessert. With its neat, grey-on-grey room recently revamped and extended, Lima is now a true destination – a “fun place with a fun atmosphere”.

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Lima Location

31 Rathbone Place , London W1T 1JH

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020 3002 2640

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Opening times

Mon-Sat 12N-2.30pm 5.30-10.30pm

Lima's Reviews

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Food & Drink: 8.1

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Service: 7.9

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Atmosphere: 7.7

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Value: 6.6

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Food + drink: 3

Service: 3

Atmosphere: 3

Value: 3

Silver Reviewer
02 May 2017

We ate before going to the theatre so arrived at an almost empty place at 5.40pm on a Saturday. A good-sized and reasonably priced glass of prosecco later, we started with a special - a scallop topped with abalone in a hot sauce; only one though so we ordered two. My main was slow-cooked crispy suckling pig belly and it looked and tasted delicious, on its celeriac base. My wife ordered roast duck breast on green rice - which was stringy and inedible. I got the manager Patrizio over who quietly removed the dish ( as he did for the neighbouring table too), and he removed the charge too; he also removed the service charge. We had no replacement, by choice, and no pudding either, but it still came out relatively expensive; mains are £24-30 each; but we did have a glass of the chef's carrot soup as a taster. So that's all right then. Wines can be obtained by carafe, which is always a good idea.

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Food + drink: 3

Service: 3

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 2

03 November 2015

Lovely atmosphere especially for brunch due to the skylight in the back room. Food was very impressive looking in terms of presentation, however slightly overpriced as have had more authentic Peruvian food else where. Fun place, fun atmosphere - will come back again.

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Food + drink: 3

Service: 4

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 2

18 December 2014

The food was very tasty, innovative and interesting and there was a lively buzzy atmosphere, only one table was free for lunch. However, we went for the fixed menu and the portion sizes were miniscule, shame about that as it rather tainted an otherwise very enjoyable experience.

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