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Squaremeal London Hot 100 2016Forget the hot barometer of Peruvian food, Michelin-starred 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

31 Rathbone Place ,London W1T 1JH

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High-class spot with one food glitch

by   bronze reviewer (14)

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...

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Timothy P.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 6

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Lima

31 Rathbone Place ,London W1T 1JH

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Love the Skylight!

by   bronze reviewer (6)

Nov 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.

Sehar M.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 5

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Lima

31 Rathbone Place ,London W1T 1JH

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Lima

by   (1)

Dec 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.

Paul L.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 4

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Lima

31 Rathbone Place ,London W1T 1JH

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Ceviche and pisco in a familiar atmosphere

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Dec 2013

Ceviche, braised octopus, scallops… .every dish is carefully presented and introduced by friendly staff. I have been several times and I am never siappointed.

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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Lima

31 Rathbone Place ,London W1T 1JH

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Mind blowing food with a few improvements needed

by   silver reviewer (15)

Aug 2013

Editor's pick For a revolutionary food experience Londoners should be flocking here. This place embodies all the ideas of an amazing restaurant, trendy South American food in a great location, stylish interior and an upmarket experience of Peruvian fare but my main critique from my personal experience is the service. For people who are not experienced in Peruvian food language the menu is a little hard to decipher which does add to the intrigue but when I asked our server he didn’t seem to know much about what...

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Cullinary Kate's rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 7

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Lima

31 Rathbone Place ,London W1T 1JH

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Very impressed- different and delicious

by   platinum reviewer (97)

May 2013

Our first visit on a busy Saturday lunchtime today, and we both ate from the a la carte menu to get a view of the restaurant's style and quality over a range of dishes. The restaurant itself is nothing special at all- casual, fairly cramped, fairly spartan, not very large. A quick look at the place without any sight of food would tell you that it could house anything from a Cafe Rouge on up. Customers and staff are very casual in appearance, but not , we found , in attitude , and enjoyed explaining...

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David H.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 7

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31 Rathbone Place ,London W1T 1JH

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by   gold reviewer (31)

Nov 2012

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In Latin American Spanish, rather oddly, a ‘peru’ is a turkey. This Peruvian restaurant is similarly confusing. Is it a neighbourhood joint (albiet Charlotte Street grade) or is it a fine dining establishment? From start to finish, it wasn't clear. Despite there being only 50 covers in the place, they’ve chosen to put a hostess station by the door… yet there’s no cloakroom, so you are greeted, escorted to a table, and then left to dump coats and bags on the seating and floor. We were served by three...

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Matt P.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 7

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Lima

31 Rathbone Place ,London W1T 1JH

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Sep 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...

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Terence N.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 7

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31 Rathbone Place ,London W1T 1JH

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Aug 2012

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Visited for lunch for the first time since it has opened. A nice airy dining room and kind greeting when we walked in the door. There were three of us so we decided to try both of the set lunch menus and chose some other bits from the a la carte. The ceviche was fresh and tasty – my favourite was the sea bream which they pair with a crunchy topping for contrast. For mains the meats (lamb and suckling pig) really stood out – very tasty. Desserts were also out of this world – dulce de leche ice cream...

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Gillian G.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 9

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