I am a huge Peruvian fan, and was excited to have seen and heard so much about Lima.  The mastermind behind Lima is a world-renowned Peruvian chef, Virgilio Martinez.  His first restaurant and flagship restaurant is in Lima, Peru.  Lima has just been awarded 1 Michelin Star and I am not surprised at all.

Date

Sept  2015

Meal

Dinner

Ordered

Starters

Lima Signatures

  • OCTOPUS OLIVO – 14 gbp
    Braised Octopus. Organic White Quinoa. Botija Olive.
  • LOMO STEAK HUANCAINA – 12 gbp
    Beef Loin. Yellow Aji Sauce. Coriander Cress

Ceviches

  • SEA BREAM – 10 gbp
    Tiger’s Milk. Sweet Potato. Red Onion. Cancha Corn

Mains

Mar

  • HAKE PLANCHA – 20 gbp
    Corn. Rocoto Pepper. Queso Fresco. Amazonian Cashew
  • FISH SPECIAL MAIN25 gbp

Tierra

  • TIERRA BEEF PACHAMANCA – 29 gbp
    Wild Black Quinoa. Cusco Corn. Cow’s Milk. Aji Panca Juice.
  • SUCKLING PIG  – 24 gbp
    Giant Corn. Piquillo Pepper. Green Rocoto

Desserts

  • Cacao Porcelana Piura 75%. Cinnamon Cream.Blue Potato – 8.50 gbp
  • Alfajores. Dulce de Leche Ice Cream. Chancaca Honey – 8.50 gbp

Food

Starters

Complimentary starter

Complimentary starter

Corn Bread

Two types of Corn Bread

They charged me 1 gbp per a glass of hot water

They charged me 1 gbp per a glass of hot water

Lima Signatures

OCTOPUS OLIVO – 6/10
Braised Octopus. Organic White Quinoa. Botija Olive

Octopus Olivo

Octopus Olivo

Octopus Olivo

Octopus Olivo

Octopus Olivo

Octopus Olivo

Octopus Olivo

Octopus Olivo

The Octopus was one of the dish I least liked.  I had high expectations for this, but it turned out nothing special.  It was beautifully presented, but it just didn’t make it into my heart.

LOMO STEAK HUANCAINA – 10/10
Beef Loin. Yellow Aji Sauce. Coriander Cress

Lomo Steak Huancaina

Lomo Steak Huancaina

Lomo Steak Huancaina

Lomo Steak Huancaina

Lomo Steak Huancaina

Lomo Steak Huancaina

We must have fighted over this one, I only managed to have two slices, when I returned for a third piece, the plate was empty.  When I mean empty, I mean even the sauce was gone.  Despite looking like a colourful map, the Lomo steak was perfectly cooked, it was tender and extremely juicy.  Wish we had ordered more of this, I would choose this over the Octopus anytime.

Ceviches

SEA BREAM – 9/10
Tiger’s Milk. Sweet Potato. Red Onion. Cancha Corn

Sea Bream Ceviche

Sea Bream Ceviche

Sea Bream Ceviche

Sea Bream Ceviche

I am not a ‘seafood’person, but I do love ceviches. Ever since I have tried ceviches in Hong Kong, I have fallen madly in love with it. The sea bream here was fresh and sweet, with the sweet potato mash, it was divine!

Mains

Mar

HAKE PLANCHA – didn’t really try
Corn. Rocoto Pepper. Queso Fresco. Amazonian Cashew

Hake Plancha

Hake Plancha

Hake Plancha

Hake Plancha

Fish Special main – didn’t really try

Seafood special

Fish Special Main

Seafood special

Fish Special Main

I tried both the Hake Plancha and Fish Special Main.  They were both well cooked and lots of seasoning.

Tierra

TIERRA BEEF PACHAMANCA – 10/10
Wild Black Quinoa. Cusco Corn. Cow’s Milk. Aji Panca Juice

Tierra beef Pachamanca

Tierra beef Pachamanca

Tierra beef Pachamanca

Tierra beef Pachamanca

Tierra beef Pachamanca

Perfectly cooked

Another of my favourite.  In Peru, Pachamanca means earth (“pacha”) pot (“manca”).   The traditional way in cooking the meat is to have an underground oven.  I wonder how did they cook it underground here.  The meat was still red, which i love, it was juicy and so tender.  I loved the Cusco Corn on the side. It looked like a cake to me, but the texture was similar to mash. It was so tasty!

SUCKLING PIG  – 9/10
Giant Corn. Piquillo Pepper. Green Rocoto

Suckling Pig

Suckling Pig

Suckling Pig

Suckling Pig

Suckling Pig

Suckling Pig

I ordered the Suckling Pig.  It wasn’t as tasty as the beef, however it had its own character.  The meat was lot more chunkier than other Suckling pig I have had.  It was cut into a triangle shape, and you only get two small pieces.  The skin wasn’t crispy enough, however the whole dish was still enjoyable!

Desserts

Cacao Porcelana Piura 75%. Cinnamon Cream.Blue Potato – 4/10

Cacao Porcelana Piura 75%. Cinnamon Cream.Blue Potato.

Cacao Porcelana Piura 75%. Cinnamon Cream.Blue Potato.

Cacao Porcelana Piura 75%. Cinnamon Cream.Blue Potato.

Cacao Porcelana Piura 75%. Cinnamon Cream.Blue Potato.

Alfajores. Dulce de Leche Ice Cream. Chancaca Honey – 9/10

Alfajores. Dulce de Leche Ice Cream. Chancaca Honey

Alfajores. Dulce de Leche Ice Cream. Chancaca Honey

Alfajores. Dulce de Leche Ice Cream. Chancaca Honey

Alfajores. Dulce de Leche Ice Cream. Chancaca Honey

Alfajores are Peruvian’s patisserie. I would say it is more like shortbread. but it looks like a macaron.  This dessert was heavenly, and we all fought over it with our spoons, was just not enough to share between four people.  It was definitely a bonus to get a scoop of Dulce de Leche ice cream, they went so well together. Delicious!

Ambience & Interior

table settings

Table settings

02-002

Sofa seats

Dining area

Dining area

At a fine dining price, I expected Lima to be lot more posher.  However, this had it pros.  I actually walked past Lima twice before finding it, it does not stand out, nor having the bling bling shop front.  It was cozy inside, with a few big tables and some small ones.  using the turquoise, yellow, red colours in the interior just like on their logo.

Service

Service was fantastic! The staff there was friendly, welcoming and approachable. She gave us many suggestions, and even mentioned her favourite dessert!

Menu

menu

menu

Please click here for the full menu

Recommendation

  • LOMO STEAK HUANCAINA
  • SEA BREAM CEVICHE
  • TIERRA BEEF PACHAMANCA
  • SUCKLING PIG
  • ALFAJORES

Verdict

OCTOPUS OLIVO – 6/10
LOMO STEAK HUANCAINA – 10/10
SEA BREAM CEVICHE – 9/10
HAKE PLANCHA – N/A
FISH SPECIAL MAIN – N/A
TIERRA BEEF PACHAMANCA – 10/10
SUCKLING PIG – 9/10
CACAO PORCELANA PIURA  – 4/10
ALFAJORES  – 9/10

Would I go back again? Looking forward to visit again!
Rating from my brain (out of 5 hearts): ♥♥♥♥ 
Rating from my heart (out of 5 hearts): ♥♥♥♥♥
Overall rating (out of 10 hearts) : ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ 9/10

Lima has been on top of my list to visit since June.  I was so overwhelmed that my friends were happy to go with me.  Even at high expectations, Lima did not disappointment me.  The only thing that disappointed me was they charged us 1 gbp per a cup of hot water.  Hot tap water is usually free, but they charged us, it was a very small cup too. I am not too happy about that at all

Damage

The bill

The bill

approximately 45 gbp per person

Details

Lima
31 Rathbone Place
Fitzrovia
London
W1T 1JH

+44 203 002 2640
enquiry@limalondon.com

Mon – Sat
12pm – 2.30pm
5.30pm – 10.30pm
Sunday
12 midday – 3:15pm

Reservation
Essential!
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