The Meat: London has been experiencing a surge of Peruvian restaurants of late. After a somewhat depressing meal at Ceviche, Lima was a welcome find. Opened by Peruvian chef Virgilio Martinez (Central in Lima) in June this year, this is the best Peruvian food I have had. That isn’t necessarily saying very much though as I’m quite inexperienced when it comes to Peruvian cuisine. We went for lunch and the restaurant felt light and airy due to the skylight. The food was particularly colourful but very tasty, the lamb having been cooked perfectly so that it falls apart in your mouth. I did however think that some of the ingredients on the menu are made to sound a bit more exotic than they really are. Having said that, I have already been back twice since my first visit and plan on doing so again in the near future.
Perfect for: Weekend lunch
Who to take: Anyone who enjoys South American cuisine
Price: The set menu for lunch/pre-theatre menu is exceptionally good value at 3 courses for £20. With drinks and service, you are probably looking at £30-40 per person on the set menu. The à la carte menu seemed considerably more expensive.
The verdict: 4*
Other’s verdict: Toptable – 3.9; Time Out – 4*; The Telegraph – 3.5*
Personal favourite: Braised lamb shoulder, creamed lime and yellow potato, ghoa cress
Where to sit: Corner sofa table
Address: 31 Rathbone Place, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 1JH