So a few weeks ago I posted about Ceviche, a fantastic Peruvian restaurant with delicious cocktails in Soho. Not too far away in Fitzrovia another Peruvian wanted to join the invasion party, and ramped up the party levels.
It was one of those once in a blue moon wonderful sunny London evening, so we asked to sit outside to soak it all up.
To freshen up we kicked off the evening with some wonderful cocktails. The classic winner was the pisco sour, tart and refreshing, and absolutely moreish.
We decided to share lots of starters as they all sounded so intriguing, fresh and delicious to pass up.
To kick things off in a Peruvian restaurant, we had to have the seabream ceviche – if nothing else then a benchmark to rate the restaurant against. The Lima ceviche did not disappoint, it was absolutely delicious and with a little twist with the crispy onion skin that gave the dish a nice crunch.
The scallop tiradito is like a sashimi with a delicious creamy spice filled sauce. The scallop was smooth and creamy and the sauce was absolutely delicious, sweet with a beautiful (unknown) spice… the cassava flour gave the dish that little extra texture. I could really see the Japanese influence in the Peruvian dishes, with the tiradito’s fusing sashimi with the South American creamy spiciness.
The duck crudo was absolutely divine. The duck crudo was wonderful slices of smoked duck with foie gras shavings, that gave the dish this wonderful richness that only foie gras can do, and the honey dressing gave a wonderful sweetness. The cress gave the dish a beautiful fresh bite to cut through the richness.
The braised octopus was another winner dish of succulent char pieces of octopus with a refreshing chinoa and olive dressing.
The seabass with the potato puree “log” was not as striking as the other dishes, but the seabass was delicious and fresh with the avocado and potato mash.
The fresh raw salmon tiradito was another delicious sashimi like salmon dish with a creamy spicy sauce. The little samphire and ginger was a wonderful refreshing balance to the creaminess of the sauce.
The crab dish was almost like a crab potato salad, with the creamy potato mixed through. Must say that I am partial to the raw fishes…
The desserts were a wonderful way to finish of the meal, with the deconstructed creamy sheep’s milk with cinnamon, and of course, no South American dessert menu is complete without some dulce de leche ice cream, a must have!
I was thoroughly impressed with Lima, it was very much a more refined restaurant to the other Peruvian restaurants closer to a Japanese than a simpler South American restaurant.31 Rathbone Place W1T 1JH Transport Tottenham Court Road tube