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14 Garrick Street
020 7240 5778
Peruvian chef Virgilio Martínez first wowed Londoners with Michelin-starred Lima in Fitzrovia, following on from his world-renowned restaurant Central, located in Lima itself. This more accessible outpost is found within the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden, and features a blue and white hued dining room, boasting an extensive menu which focuses on the unusual indigenous ingredients that define Martínez's style. We’d recommend a cross-menu assault to make sure you get the most of your experience, and friendly, talkative staff are on hand to guide you through a menu of unusual yet well-executed dishes; take the deep-fried king prawn and squid marinated in spicy ají amarillo and served with gritty corn, or the seabream ceviche, pepped up with tuna and octopus cubes bathed in a vibrant and citrusy tiger’s milk, and topped with sweet potato purée and crispy corn. Other highlights include the trio, a rainbow-coloured plateful of strips of salmon, tuna and cobia fish marinated in a heady mix of tiger’s milk, cucumber and sesame. Meat lovers will also rate the seared beef loin, which is served cold and marinated with mild dried chillies and a drizzle of algarrobo syrup. Come dessert, the alfajores is a must-order; traditional Peruvian shortbread-style biscuits filled with thick and smooth dulce de leche and served with dulce de leche ice cream, mini macarons and a sticky caramel sauce. Don’t want the night to end? We’d suggest heading down to the basement bar for some post-dinner pisco sours.
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SquareMeal 2 Stars
14 Garrick Street
020 7240 5778
Covent Garden Tube Station 145m
Leicester Square Tube Station 239m
The Photographer's Gallery 111m
Africa Centre Theatre 129m
Mon-Sat 12N-3pm 5-11pm Sun 12N-3.30pm
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Food + drink: 4
We loved Lima Floral from the moment we walked in. The room was airy and artfully put together, without feeling overly engineered. Bursts of teal popped against gleaming white brickwork, while an enormous mural and distinctive, sculptured wall added just the right touch of bonkers, vibrant styling.
Each plate looked dreamy too, and every mouthful was laced with unfamiliar ingredients. Portions weren’t enormous, but deeply satisfying nonetheless. Salmon with blue potatoes and ‘crazy pea’ - whatever the latter may be - was 'the best starter ever’, apparently. My avocado mousse combined luscious new flavours and textures but lacked a source of crunch. (The accompanying purple cornbread was tasty, but on the soft side).
I lucked out with the mains, as suckling pig was good, but not as stonkingly fine as my chicken with white corn and black quinoa. All this was washed down with a beautiful bottle of Pinot Noir, although white wine or a pisco sour might have been a better food match.
Pudding - a bowl of 'suspiro ardiente' - was controversial. I enjoyed the coconut and caramel flavours of dulce de leche and lucuma, but my other half was appalled by the peculiar texture; think Iles Flotante, dusted with spiced beetroot. (Admittedly it was pretty weird, but that didn't stop me polishing off the lot).
An appealing hubbub and spritely service ensured we left with our cockles warmed. There are cheaper places to try exotic cuisine, but Lima Floral feels special and shows off Peru's finest very well indeed. Every dish packs a punch with beguiling flavours and considered composition, while the surroundings are just plain lush.
Mains loiter around the £25 mark, but you can take the sting out with BOGOF cocktails (currently midweek, 5.30pm 'til 7.30pm) in the Pisco Bar downstairs. Well worth it for an aperitif before a magnificent meal.
Food + drink: 5
Lima Floral birngs the Peruvian revolution to Covent Garden and is a welcome additon to the Theatre Land dining options. Perched on the corner of Floral Street and Garrick Street the star-studded team behind the original Lima in Charlotte Street make the most of the very pretty space. The food is excellent with great attention to detail and the service is both knowledgeable and attentive. Full marks!
I recently went for dinner here and the food and cocktails were amazing! The service was great and the overall atmosphere was lovely! I would definitely recommend this to my friends and will come visit again!
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