Since it opened its doors in 2012, Lima Fitzrovia has been at the forefront of London’s initiation into Peruvian cuisine, becoming the first restaurant of its kind to earn a Michelin star the year following its opening.
For those of you who haven’t frequented Fitzrovia before, Lima is in an area of town that is alive from dusk till dawn. The pedestrianized vibe means that even though restaurants are small, patrons can spill out onto the street, and enjoy their evenings under the stars (this is obviously weather dependant – there are never any promises in London).
Big bay windows gave way to a small outdoor terrace at the front, with the rest of the restaurant boasting rustic wood flooring, geometrically patterned leather banquettes, quirky artwork, and tilted mirrors. Sat at a small table at the back of the eatery, we began our induction to LIMA, starting with a couple of small plates, the first, the Squid Soba served with a crisp rice wafer, followed by a Japanese-influenced Scallop Potato Nigiri, both dishes reflecting the relationship between Japanese and Peruvian cuisine.
The rest of the menu, created by Robert Ortiz, Chef and Head of Culinary Development, looked delicious. They served an excellent ceviche first, filled with bite-sized slabs of yellowfin tuna with a spicy concoction of rocoto peppers, samphire and organic radishes. Other appetisers included the Lomo Steak Huanciana, a delicious combination of beef loin, aji sauce and coriander, a stunning dish appreciated by both the eyes and stomach; the Wild Seabass Tiradito with coconut, aji mirasol and ponzu and the King Crab Causa, possibly the prettiest dish of the night, with aji Amarillo, soft cheese and green quinoa.
The signature Wild Seabass Tiradito
Our main dishes were both warming and full of favour. The King Prawn Chupe was a tad too spicy for us but the soft cheese addition created a creamy texture. We finished with a Peruvian cheesecake, rich and flavourful.
Casual and cool, Lima is the perfect spot for those looking for a slice of Peru in both London and Dubai.
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