Sitting on the corner of Covent Gardens’ Floral Street, LIMA Floral is a younger sister of Michelin Starred LIMA Fitzrovia. Having been awarded two AA Rosettes and serving stylish yet simple Peruvian dishes it is a bright and colourful restaurant with excellent service for a date.
We arrived early on a Tuesday evening, to a near empty restaurant. The plan was to grab a pre-theatre menu before heading over to The Play That Goes Wrong in Covent Garden. The Maitre D took our coats and bags on arrival and we got the freedom to choose which seat we wanted to settle in, my date chose a seat next to a beautiful large Gothic window. The colourful restaurant quickly filled up, with everyone in the room looking like they too, were on a date – it was a popular spot.
The well-priced three course pre-theatre menu only costs £18 for three courses with the option to choose from three starters, mains and desserts. It’s a small but solid selection to decide from. Don’t be afraid to ask what some of the ingredients are; we had no idea what a lot of them included such as; rocoto, kiwicha and achiote, is it a vegetable? A spice? Fish? Who knows #culture.
There are a lot of cocktails on the menu but If you’re eating peruvian cuisine, the only drink you should be getting is a pisco sour – the house favourite. This drink is traditional to South America and is made up of egg whites, fresh lime juice, bitters and pisco, a type of liquor. Your date should be sweet enough that the sour taste of the drink will balance out.
We shared all the food – which was more than delicious – and also ordered a side of Huancaína Potatoes to bulk out the meal as the food is fairly light with modest portions. The flavours and colourful dishes all standout and would make a great insta – ladies love this. Show your date your potential as an Instagram Husband and you’re guaranteed to get a photo cred. If anything, do it for the ‘gram.
The standout dish was the hot ceviche of grilled hake in heated ají amarillo tiger’s milk and achiote oil served with sweet potato purée. Fragrant and spicy, it had a similar taste to tom yum soup and really hit the spot. It was so delicious my date almost asked for a glass to drink on its’ own! Instead, we asked the 5-star waiter for the chef’s recipe so we could make it in our own kitchens.
The desserts were bright and lively and reminiscent of the vibrancy of South America. With three options to choose from, we decided to get the best of both worlds and split the Passion Fruit Parfait and Guava Sorbet.
LIMA Floral has a excellent bar downstairs with a tapas menu. If you’re not planning on going to a show afterwards, keep the party going with a few more cocktails…
We enjoyed LIMA Floral maybe a little too much as time seemed to fly by – could have also been the great company. We did a time check and realised that curtain call for the play was in five minutes! We quickly assembled and dashed off down the road to our seats but left with a full belly and a promise to return.
There are quite a few LIMA restaurants around London now and more seem to be popping up. If our experience here was any indication of the others, this is a family of restos not to miss.