With an evening date with Sima (a fellow blogger) looming I suggested we dine at Lima Floral. I have dined at their sister Michelin restaurant Lima Fitzrovia many years ago and as Peruvian food is one of my favourite cuisines, but had never tried Lima Floral. Okay I have never been to Peru but one of the joys of London is you can journey to anywhere in the world via a restaurant.
Lima Floral is conveniently located in Covent Garden so it is the quickest journey you will ever need to make to sample the delights of Peruvian food. The restaurant itself is run under the watchful eye of Virgillo Martinez who us ranked in the World 50 List! As well as the restaurant Lima Floral also has a pisco bar, however as it was a school night Sima and I did not venture to the bar but made our way straight to the table.
Even though we didn’t try the Pisco Bar we did have a pisco sour, I mean who makes a journey all the way to Peru and not drink pisco sours.
The menu at Lima Floral is pretty extensive and offers everything from the sea and the land. While we were waiting for our food to arrive the waiter offered us bread to start our meal. Clearly this isn’t your standard bread, everything at Lima is served with a twist and the bread was a nice little start to our meal while our starters came. One of the things I remember about food from Lima Fitzrovia was the food was extremely punchy, full of bold flavours and textures. I have to admit I was worried that Lima Floral wasn’t going to hit the same bar as it’s Michelin starred sister, however once our starters arrived I realised I shouldn’t have had any concern.
My starter of Salmon Nikkei was a great start to our dinner. Firstly the presentation was everything you would expect and secondly and most importantly the dish tasted just as good as it looked. The salmon was fresh and light and even though the sauce was punchy it didn’t drown the salmon.
For her starters Sima ordered the Vegetables, which sounds so dull, but rest assured nothing in Lima Floral is dull. Have you ever seen such beautiful vegetables before. By Sima’ s own account she really enjoyed her vegetables.
Once we finished our starters the bar was set high and I was looking forward to our main courses. Now I have to warn you in advance Sima and I were sat in dark lighting throughout our meal and moaned that we weren’t able to capture the true beauty of the food. Looking back at my dish of my King Prawn, on cusco corn cake with a sweet garlic I can tell you that this dish looked a thousand times better than my picture does it justice……
What’s more it tasted just as good as that thousand times better shot! Okay I am in the mood for a bold statement, if I had to pick ten top dishes I have had in 2017 this would be one of them! The prawns were so juicy, the corn cake was sweet and their was that little kick that gave the dish the extra wow factor.
For her main dish Sima ordered the black and white quinoa with artichoke. Now I am not a vegetarian but the presentation of this dish made me want to convert to one. When most people think of vegetarian dishes they don’t think of such esquisite colours and flavours.
After all of our food we couldn’t possibly manage individual desserts however we did manage to share a Peruvian chocolate mouse with blue potato crisp. This dessert surprised me as who knew blue potato crisp can take a dessert from basic to great! I really had a great time catching up with Sima and was pleased to find that Lima Floral was a brilliant journey to Peru!
Have you journeyed to Peru via Lima Floral before? Zoe x