Taking the pisco - Peruvian date night at Lima Floral

June 17, 2015
Lima Floral Peruvian Restaurant and Pisco Bar, Covent Garden London

A night of pisco and ceviche at Lima Floral, Covent Garden - because for now, this is the closest I'll get to Peru.

I've been borderline obsessed with Peru - Incas! Fluffy alpacas! Ceviche! - ever since my parents went on a tour of South America but didn't invite me. *glares* Lima and Machu Picchu are on my bucket-list of travel destinations (and so are about a thousand other places, actually) so you can imagine my delight that the Peruvian food movement has come to London. Sushi Samba, Chotto Matte, Andina, and now Lima Floral. I've heard nothing but praise for Lima Floral; from Angie, Angela, and Time Out London (a 5/5 review!) The little sister restaurant of Lima in Fitzrovia, Lima Floral is Michelin-star chef Virgilio Martinez's showcase of Peruvian classics and cocktails, at prices less Posh, more Broke (but the food and drinks never Bored).



It's impossible to miss Lima Floral. The impressive red brick facade stands out on the narrow cobblestone slope of Floral Street, which from the get-go was a promise of wonderful things to come. Through the doors, Peruvian textile wall-hangings and the restaurant's calming yet energising turquoise decor welcomed Henry and I as we made our way downstairs to the Pisco Bar, with terrariums helpfully pointing the way (I came very close to taking those home - pisco makes me do crazy things).


Lima Floral Peruvian Restaurant and Pisco Bar, Covent Garden London

Lima Floral Peruvian Restaurant and Pisco Bar, Covent Garden London

Lima Floral's Pisco Bar is a cozy (if a tad too dark to take food photos without some clever camera trickery) cavern with glass windows looking out to exotic trees - I felt a little like a lucky hamster in a very tastefully decorated habitat. Also, am I appropriately dressed for my surroundings, or what?


I must apologise in advance for my lack of food and drink descriptions. Blame the pisco. Glasses after glasses of potent pisco - Clasico and Maracuya (classic with a passionfruit twist) pisco sours, pure pisco with vanilla, coffee, and floral notes (strong enough to put hairs on my chest) - erased my memory, as did the many cocktails that followed. The plates of Peruvian cuisine that followed, as delicious as they were, did little to soak up the drinks - pisco is a powerful, potent mistress. 


Lima Floral Peruvian Restaurant and Pisco Bar, Covent Garden London

Lima Floral Peruvian Restaurant and Pisco Bar, Covent Garden London

My favourite cocktail by far was EL SENOR DE SIPAN - prosecco with apple juice, raspberry syrup, Luna Pisco, and Campari, topped with Pisco Foam. Deceptively sweet and fruity, and absolutely delicious.



Lima Floral Peruvian Restaurant and Pisco Bar, Covent Garden London

First impressions go a long way. My first dish - a ceviche from the 'cold' section of the piqueos (sharing) menu - certainly set the tone for my sampling of Lima Floral's cuisine. The seaweed and edible flowers made for a lovely visual presentation (and satisfying crunchy texture), the ceviche was fresh and the flavours were well complimented by the cherry tomato and avocado. I'm not even bothered by the startling neon yellow of the tiger milk (the lime marinade that cures the fish).


Henry's vegetarian version. I must applaud Lima Floral's staff; they were incredibly accommodating, friendly, and whipped up vegetarian dishes for my man, taking great joy in explaining the ingredients of every dish and how they were prepared. That love for the craft of cooking goes a long way toward our appreciation of the food, and made for a very enjoyable meal.


My second dish; yellow potato causa topped with tuna tartare. The chilli was a tad too fiery for me.


The vegetarian option - potato mash blended with coriander for that green shade, and topped with asparagus shavings. Serious food envy ensued. Lima Floral is a great place to be vegetarian, not just for the dishes, but also for the jealousy vegetarians would get from their meat-eating dining companions.


I can't remember what this was. I was absolutely smashed by then. Terrible food blogger I am - I'm just taking the piss(co).



I think this is the beef empanada?

I know that Henry's vegetarian version, below, was the best dish I saw all day. Just look at it - they look like cream horns! I don't know what it's called, but I can tell you that Henry loved it - he wolfed it down then declared "Being vegetarian rules!" Yes. Yes it does, especially if you're at Lima Floral.


Lima Floral Peruvian Restaurant and Pisco Bar, Covent Garden London

We finished our delightful gastronomical sampling of Peruvian cuisine and cocktails with, you guessed it, more drinks. Henry washed down his palate with some Peruvian beer. Myself I plumped for the CUENTO DEL DIABLO simply because I had to - look at those horns! The chilli pepper infused luna Pisco was devilishly hot, but what can I say - being bad never looked so good. Presentation, people.

My verdict? Lima Floral is definitely worth the accolades and rave reviews. I'm not just saying that because I'm a tad tipsy right now and because I'm a bit in love with all things Peruvian. The food was imaginative, delicious, and well-presented. While too strong for me, the pisco made for delicious cocktails, some of which were so photogenic it just begs to be Instagrammed (you know I will). We were well looked after by the staff (I think at one point Henry was conversing to them in Latin Spanish, ah bonding). All of this just enforces my desperate desire to go to Machu Picchu and Lima - chef Virgilio Martinez's restaurant Central, Lima's hottest restaurant du jour, is the catalyst or so I've heard. Until I actually get myself to Peru, there's always Lima Floral and her fancier older sister Lima. Find Lima Floral at 14 Garrick Street, Covent Garden London. x

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*Henry and I were guests of Lima Floral, but you know me - all opinions are always, audaciously, sincerely mine.

17 comments:

  1. Looks amazing! I definitely want to go eat there :D

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  2. I love love love Lima Floral. It's my favourite restaurant to take clients out for meeting. Everything is just fresh and you leave feeling comfortably full and healthy!

    Honey x The Girl Next Shore

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  3. Thank you so much for linking to my blog, I do love Lima Floral such amazing fresh flavours! I'm dreaming of Peru too, I'm thinking Bloggers trip to Machu Picchu, thank not too much is it?

    Lots of love,
    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

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  4. A bloggers' trip to Machu Picchu is EXACTLY what we need. Let's do it?! x

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  5. Around The World In 80 Noms? ;) x

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  6. Sara you shouuuuuld I think you'll love it! x

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  7. I love this place. Your photos are stunning!!

    Lu | www.balgarka.co.uk

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  8. Isn't Lima Floral just great? x

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  9. I'm impressed that you've got your blog post up already, it was lovely to finally meet you and Henry and such delicious pisco sours!

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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  10. Lauren at adorn la femmeJune 17, 2015

    The photos are super gorgeous and the drink with the little pepper "horns" is too cute!! xo

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    -Lauren

    adorn la femme

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  11. You know how I do, Suze ;) Lovely to finally meet you! x

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  12. Don't know how I've never seen this place before! On the must visit list! The presentation is just stunning x

    Martha Jane | http://www.marthajanemusic.com

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  13. Martha, you must check out Lima Floral, even if you're not a fan of Peruvian food - I'm sure they'll change your mind ;) x

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  14. Catherine LuxJune 24, 2015

    It was so lovely to see you again! Gorgeous photos - makes me wish I'd just sucked it up and taken my big camera with me!

    C x | Lux Life

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  15. Luxy! ALWAYS take the big camera, or maybe get a really good prime lens for the little one! x

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