A few years ago, superstar Peruvian chef Virgilio Martinez opened his flagship restaurant Lima in Rathbone Place, with the aim of opening the eyes of Londoners to the amazing diversity of Peruvian cuisine – and it did so with such success that it already has a Michelin star. Now its sister restaurant, Lima Floral, showcases different aspects of Martinez’ style, focusing on varied textures and depth of flavour, rather than technical wizardry. As its unique selling point it introduces piqueos, Peruvian tapas, and piscos, Peru’s national drink, in the specialist Pisco Bar downstairs.
This area, with its low black ceiling, and a bar glowing with colours from the serried jars of pisco infusions, is where you are directed when you arrive, and it’s virtually mandatory to sample its renowned Pisco Sours. The dining room upstairs is an exquisite space, with pillars in Inca blue, a whitewashed brick wall with a huge bold mural, and furnishings with bright Peruvian designs. Even the cooking comes in dazzling hues, despite the regular appearance of potato, Peru’s staple food – the most popular dish is sea bream ceviche in green tiger’s milk, topped with crunchy crushed corn in purple. Lima Floral, designed as a whole new concept, is as attractive and colourful as its name.
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