The food is of Michelin-star quality. LIMA It’s the creation of creation of Virgilio Martinez, who was named the fourth best chef in the world on the prestigious ‘World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ list’. Following its opening in Fitzrovia, London in 2012, it was awarded a coveted Michelin just over a year later. A second restaurant with a more casual approach called LIMA Floral opened in London’s Covent Garden shortly afterward and the Dubai outpost made its debut earlier this year; the first international location outside of London.
The vibe is kicking. Dark wood interiors and stunning works of art, including a larger-than-life mural created by famed Peruvian tattoo artist Stefano Alcantara, make this an Instagram worthy meal from start to finish. The in-house DJ also adds an elevated, contemporary element.
Ceviche is Peru’s most iconic dish and it’s on another level here. Consisting of marinated cubed raw fresh fish, it comes served with sweet potato puree, baby gem lettuce, cancha corn and red onions, all marinated in traditional tiger’s milk (lime juice, salt, onion, garlic and chilli). It’s a must-try!
The cutlery is just a tease, for dishes such as the slow cooked lamb seco, which falls apart at the merest prod of your fork. Served with pumpkin and seasoned with coriander, this is a heart-warming dish of autumn flavours.
Veggies rejoice! There are a number of meat-free plates available and not just to tick the box that they exist. Filling and delicious, we loved the dried potatoes; a comforting combinations of feta cheese and huancaína sauce, offering a sharp burst of flavour, while adornments of whole confit cherry tomatoes and radish add a fresh spin and a pop of sweetness.
The San Martin dessert. It’s a chocolate brownie on steroids!