I started reading about Lima Floral several months ago when they posted about the concept, opening timing etc. We have been to Lima several times and love it so we were beyond excited to try Lima Floral. When we arrived, Damiano who worked at Lima for two years welcomed us and immediately asked us to please pass on honest comments at the end of the meal. When I mentioned how much we loved the older Lima, he said they really tried to have a completely different menu so guests didn’t feel like it was just a new place, but with the same food.
I think Lima Floral is even better than Lima. First of all, the entrance is adorable on a cute little street and the main room is more fun, larger and buzzier. They also have a downstairs area which is for no reservation walk-ins with a cute bar (where we waited for our Uber while having some mix of grappa and pisco)….
The drinks are tasty – I tried the Cuento del Diablo with Chili Pepper Infused Pisco, orange Liqueur, strawberry and lime which had a great kick the way I love it but maybe could have been a tad bit less sweet. Stewart had the Maracuya which is passion Fruit, pisco, lime and egg whites for texture. His drink was tasty but too small ( guess a sign of a good drink).
What we ate:
Sea Bream Ceviche: I had heard this was delicious and the waiter said we should order. Amazingly fresh perfectly flawless cubes of seat bream cured with citrus and with some dollops of avocado cream/puree, crispy onions that added lovely sweetness and crunch and also small corn kernels for texture. A must order!
Escabeche salad: Beef crudo with warm escabeche dressing and a little green salad. Another one of the waiter’s suggestions but this one didn’t impress us as it lacked a bit of seasoning. The beef was great quality and cut in perfectly not too thin or thick but it needed some salt or extra spices.
Tuna causa: in peruvian food, causa is a yellow potato dumpling that in this case was served in tube shape and served with the tuna tartare and raw root vegetables. The tuna was tasty but the causa was a bit bland. Maybe if we weren’t also eating the ceviche and the potato stew which were so richly flavored, we would have liked it better.
Dry Potato Stew: this was absolutely rich, tasty and delicious and a good compliment to the other starters that were overall very light and proteiny. The stew was served with chunks of sheep’s cheese that when mixed in, added the perfect amount of creaminess and the onion ash on top just added a nice touch of color and whimsy. A must order!
Beef sudade: seared entrecote with coriander, heritage tomato and white quinoa. I would say this was our second favorite main after the lamb. The beef was beautifully cooked but was served atop a soupy cuscous broth that was didn’t have the wow flavors of the lamb. The beef at Lima was always our favorite dish and this one just doesn’t come to the same level. Maybe in the winter the soup will come in more handy….but still a tasty dish.
Organic lamb: rump served with a side of dried potatoes and queso fresco with sprinkles of black quinoa. Yummmmmm!!!!!! So glad we ordered two of this main as it was hands down the best one. The lamb was also served with some creamy sauce on the side sprinkled with crispy blue potato – The sauce was on the thicker side, but ina good way and added some fattiness to the overall lean lamb and the crispy potatoes added a nice crunch.
Hot ceviche a la piedra: I think ceviche is traditionally cold for a reason and we probably shouldn’t have ordered it as the cold ceviche was so good that any other sea bream preparation would certainly let us down. The fish in this case was sea bream was served in fillets with a sauce that was overwhelming in sweet potato and too creamy from the sweet potato and slightly too sweet for our taste.
The desserts are hard to explain as they have a lot of odd ingredients none of us had heard and of and visually I would describe them as nontraditional. Close your eyes and dig in – they taste delicious.
Chocolate: a peruvian version of a mousse that was rich, creamy and chocolaty, yum.
Coffee: ignore the description with purple potato and kiwicha (some superfood seed I don’t really understand) but a yummy dish with coffee ice cream and all the peruvian mysterious powders, magic dusts that went with it.
In Sum:at Lima Floral (just like at Lima) I would chose the apps with fish and the mains with meats which highlight their best preparations. The desserts here are better than at Lima and the vibe is fun and cool. Absolutely tasty and would come back in a heartbeat to explore more of the menu. Also, this is the type of meal that makes you feel good – the ingredients are very fresh and light without excess butter and fat (not saying being bribed with butter is a bad thing at all…but then I had more pisco and dessert which was perfect).
Lima Floral http://www.limafloral.com/
14 Garrick St. Covent Garden WC2E 9BJ