If you haven’t already tried Peruvian food, it is about time you did, especially with restaurants like Lima in Fitzrovia – the first Peruvian restaurant that got a Michelin star, which was awarded in 2013! The innovative and beautifully presented dishes at Lima are created by Head Chef, Robert Ortiz and Executive Chef, Virgilio Martinez which are served in a contemporary, small space with a lovely laid-back atmosphere.
It is no surprise that Peruvian cuisine has become so popular in recent years, the food is fresh, healthy, full of punchy, exciting flavours and vivid colours – certainly one of my favourite discoveries! Luckily, Suze asked me to join her over the Easter weekend to try out Lima’s brand new brunch menu with bottomless pisco punches (or prosecco).
We started our brunch with a glass of Pisco Punch Classico, a drink which became famous during the time of the gold rush in San Francisco. It is a delicious, sweet drink made with Luna Pisco Italia, pineapple, orange, lemon, clove and prosecco. The homemade fresh bread with the slightly spicy dip was gorgeous as well. Additionally, we were served a small amuse bouche of carrot and chicken stock.
Brunch consisted of three starters which we shared, one main course each and of course dessert. However, we could not resist ordering their popular braised octopus with green lentils, potato cream and Alfonso olives from the a la carte menu which we did not regret! The dish was not only gorgeously photogenic but cooked to perfection with flavours that complimented each other beautifully!
The starter that followed was my favourite – a mixed ceviche of tuna, octopus and sea bream that was served with Cusco corn, heritage tomato and traditional Tiger’s milk, a citrusy Peruvian sauce which had a nice punch and the right amount of acidity to create a wonderfully well-balanced dish.
We also had a plate of asparagus causa with tree tomato and yellow potato which gave the dish a lovely bright colour.
The Cobia Fish Tiradito served with yellow Tiger’s milk and squid ink Tiger’s milk was a fun colour combination with the chia seeds adding extra texture to the dish.
We continued with a Verde Punch, a drink made with Luna Pisco Torontel, lime, pressed cucumber and celery – surprisingly delicious!
For mains, Suze opted for the slow-cooked lamb seco with coriander and pumpkin fritter which was beautifully tender and flavoursome.
My choice for mains was the Hake Plancha which was served with seaweed and Cusco corn puree. The fish was beautifully cooked – lovely and flakey inside. Our mains were accompanied with two side dishes – a beautiful summer leaf salad with goat’s cheese, pomegranate and fresh figs as well as broccoli with apple vinegar, red pepper and almond.
We had a lovely sweet ending to our brunch with a plate consisting of Peruvian doughnuts with eucalyptus syrup, Alfajores and a scoop of dulce de leche ice cream with all three desserts being an absolute delight!
On our way out we had a sneaky peak into the open style kitchen where chef Robert Ortiz (image above) was busy creating his beautiful, vibrant taste combinations – I also enjoyed reading a little bit more about him on the website Great British Chefs.
LIMA’s weekend brunch is available 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, the 6-course set menu costs £35 per person and an additional £20 for the bottomless pisco punches or prosecco option.
We were guests at LIMA – opinions are my own!