Is London South American crazy? Yes, and elegantly so. We dined at one of the West End’s most favourable Peruvian restaurants, Lima Floral. This restaurant is the considerable sister restaurant to Michelin Starred Lima in Fitzrovia. Located in Covent Garden, Lima Floral is situated on a “honey-pot” corner for tourists and central meeting locations.
The interiors are colourful with a relaxed fun vibe but Virgilio Martinex and head chef Robert Ortiz bring serious cuisine through Lima’s love of sharp spice, bitter cocoa and sweet corn. Downstairs, the Bajo Bar is opulent, with a warming feel. As guests descend the stairs to the bar, they pass the private dining room which is ready and waiting for the evening’s guests. Holding maximum 12 guests, the private room features bare brick, blue-coloured features as well as Peruvian objects adorning the display cabinet to remind guests of the restaurant’s inspiration. Although the room doesn’t have natural light, this does not hinder what it offers to groups for such a central London location. Overall, the room is smart with relaxed Peruvian charm.
For starters Private Dining London chose a twist on a favourite classic of fried squid, opting for their Crispy King Prawn & Squid Jealea. The prawns and squid are marinated in aji limo, Peruvian hot chilli, and fried tempura style. The heat was a surprise for me with my lack of aji limo knowledge but a good surprise at that with a satisfying amount of sharp heat counteracted by the sweetness of the corn. My fellow diner chose the Trio De Tiraditos which featured a fresh selection of salmon, tuna and cobia fish that are complimented by the citrusy taste of the tiger’s milk. For a group, this dish really could act as a highlight for diners and is guarantee to provide a first course “wow” from guests. We would recommend.
Our main was the confit suckling pig, which fell apart in the mouth. The corn puree took the sharpness away from the salty pork and melted with the crispy crackling. The only problem was that it wasn’t very photogenic so apologies for that…
Chocolate heaven awaited at dessert, which for a chocolate addict is one of the most exciting prospects on any dessert menu. I have to say that the Mousse of Peruvian chocolate from the Palo Blanco community is so strong I was shamefully defeated by its cocoa overload. The chancaca syrup, a Peruvian sugar sauce, tasted similar to honey. Due to the strength of this chocolate it was perfect for sharing.
The vibrant setting and mysterious nature of the dishes will make a Peruvian adventure for any of your private dining guests. Dubai is on the horizon for world-renowned Virgilio Martinez alongside the lovely Gabriel and Jose-Luis Gonzalez. Good luck with your new venture, when can we visit?!
Lima Floral, 14 Garrick Street, London, WC2E 9BJ
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