Review: Lima

21 Nov

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

Cuisine: Peruvian

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.

Area: Fitzrovia

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

Reservations: Yes


Address: 31 Rathbone Place, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 1JH

Telephone: +44 (0)203 002 2640

We ordered: 
Sea bass causa with yellow potato puree, crushed avocados, red shiso
Scallop tiradito, yellow aji amarillo emulsion, umami salt, cassava powder
Duck magret crudo, algarrobo tree honey, queso fresco, red shiso
Hake and kholrabi, capers, maca root and piquillo compote
Braised lamb shoulder, creamed lime and yellow potato, ghoa cress
Dulce de leche ice cream, beetroot crust, chancaca honey

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