Saturday, 19 July 2014

LIMA FLORAL, 14 GARRICK STREET

Having received a sweet surprise in my inbox just one day before, I made a last minute change of plans, and the next day, there I was, sat excitedly at the new Lima Floral in Covent Garden - the second restaurant after the first Lima from Virgilio Martinez opened in mid-2012.
I really enjoyed my first visit back in February, so my taste buds were definitely looking forward to this.

We were served some pisco sours whilst we perused the menu - one of my favourite cocktails, and typical of South American cuisine.




 

 

 


| Sea Bream Ceviche |
- Sea bream, tiger's milk, avocado, crispy onions, cancha corn -

Beautiful vibrant colours, and really nice textures.


| Tuna Causa |
- Yellow potato, crudo vegetable roots, tuna tartar -

Another brightly coloured starter - The tuna was finely chopped and nicely seasoned, and the mashed yellow potato was very smooth and creamy - simple yet really tasty.

 

| Beef Sudado |
- Seared entrecote, coriander, heritage tomato, white quinoa -

The beef was cooked medium rare - nice, clean cuts with a lovely pink centre.
Served with a delicious warm bowl of quinoa.


| Organic Lamb |
- Lamb rump, eco dry potato, queso fresco, black quinoa, crispy blue potato -

The lamb was really delicious. WK isn't quite a fan of medium rare meat, so he requested his to be cooked well done - I would have totally gone for medium rare of course...
Nonetheless, still very tasty with lovely textures - overall a beautifully presented dish.

 

| Suspiro Ardiente |
- Dulce de leche, beetroot, dry limo chilli pepper -

Smooth and creamy dulce de leche, but not overly sweet, and a nice hint of spiciness from the chilli pepper in the crispy bits.


| Chirimoya |
- Chirimoya mousse, maca root, purple potato -

I remember those purple potatoes from my last visit to the original Lima - I could munch on them all day. And the mousse was undoubtedly smooth and delicious.

 


A couple of days later, I was back...this time to try the tapas menu at the 'piqueos bar' downstairs.
Not quite sure how I managed to forget to bring my camera on this occasion (the one thing that I always carry with me!), so I had to rely on my iPhone. Back to basics...so please do excuse the lower quality of photos...

| Sandia |
- Orange and lemon skin infused pisco, watermelon, pomme verte, creme de casis, mint, lime juice, soda water -

Cooling and refreshing, and perfect for that hot summers' day.

 


 



The portions are generally quite small, so we managed to work through quite a few dishes...

| Tuna. Rocoto Tiger's Milk |



| Aubergine. Limo Chili Pepper. Huancaina Sauce |

Full of flvaour, and that huancaina sauce was seriously addictive...



| Beef Tenderloin. Panca Chili Pepper. Pachamanca Sauce |

The beef cooked to a lovely medium rare and served with creamy pachamanca sauce which is made with fresh cheese, flour and milk.
They also have veal heart, which was unfortunately not available that day, but sounds like something worth trying.



| Scallops. Heirloom and Tree Tomatoes |

One of my favourite dishes from the Ceviche section - nice citrus and zesty flavours and really moreish.


| Sea Bream Ceviche. Yellow Tiger's Milk. Camote Chips |



| Veal tartar. White Quinoa. Panca Chili Pepper |



| Octopus. Botija Olives. Annatto Cream. Red Shiso |

 

| Asparagus. Avocado Uchuta. Onion Ashes |

 

| Chocolate |
- Palo Blanco Peru Cacao. Oat and Wood Sorrel -

If you love chocolate just as much as I do, then this would be the perfect dessert for you - rich, smooth and deliciously creamy, with a nice crumble at the top.



| Cafe Peruano |
- Purple Potato, Coffee Ice Cream, Red Kiwicha -

Having now tried the entire dessert menu, this is probably my favourite amongst them - maybe because I really love ice cream, and coffee...
Very beautiful and I really love the purple colours.



The dining area downstairs is more chilled out and great if you're looking for some drinks and small tapas dishes to snack on.
All the tapas dishes that we were served were all very good - vibrant and exciting colours and all very moreish.

I really enjoyed both visits to Lima Floral. A much more casual setting than the first restaurant, but overall, the service, ambience and food was great, and I would gladly visit again.

Address: 14 Garrick Street, London WC2E 9BJ 

[ Lima Floral officially opens on 23rd July 2014 ]

For my previous post on the Michelin-starred Lima at 31 Rathbone Place, click here.

The Cheekster, signing out x

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