What we went for: Brunch at LIMA Floral. The Covent Garden based restaurant opened to much excitement (it's the younger sister of Michelin-starred LIMA in Fitzrovia) back in July 2014 but we went to sample the new Brunch Menu that has recently launched.
What kind of food: Peruvian cuisine with a brunch-time spin. From light and healthy fruits with macca root, honey and bee pollen and fluffy potato pancakes to Ceviche and suckling pig brioche buns. expect a feast for the senses.
Who goes: Lots of animated groups, sharing dishes and toasting with daytime cocktails. There’s definitely a lively vibe, especially on a Saturday when people linger over bottomless Prosecco for an extra £10 per person.
The concept: Europe's first Michelin-starred Peruvian restaurtan, LIMA Fitzrovia was one of last year’s hottest foodie spots, and this second location is destined to be just as popular. The main restaurant is overseen by Virgilio Martinez and Head Chef Robert Ortiz and offers dishes featuring rare native ingredients, while the Pisco bar serves up tasty ‘Peruvian tapas’ finger food.
The brand new brunch menu includes two £30 options: a three-course Andean breakfast and a three-course sharing brunch, which allow diners to sample a nice variety of the flavours on offer.
The interiors: The main restaurant is light and airy with dark wood floors and whitewashed exposed brick, punctuated by geometric art and touches of turquoise. Downstairs, the Pisco Bar is more brooding and atmospheric with cosy booths. The kind of place ‘one more drink’ post-brunch slips into a memorable Saturday evening.
We tried: Option two – the three course sharing brunch. It comes with all the starters – including the Huancaina Beef (with popcorn, coriander and cress) and the Tuna Tiradito, which were quite delicious. For main we picked Asian-influenced Beef Lomo and Hot and Spicy Hake Sudado. Equally delicious plus they arrived with all the sides listed on the menu so like the starters no hard choices required. Our favourites? The Eco-Dried Potatoes with Black Quinoa and the virtuous Green Kale. We were pretty full at this point but managed to savour a couple of bites of the shared pudding.
Hero Dishes: Besides the ones we tried, the Sea Bream Ceviche and Chicken Pachamanca served with a platter of fresh, roasted vegetables, quinoa and kale.
Anything unusual: After the mains diners are encourage to sample Tiger’s milk — a health-infused shot which packs a punch and is said to be a reliable cure for a hangover. Just what the doctor ordered if you indulged the night before!
Star cocktail: The fruity El Señor de Sipan (Prosecco, Apple Juice,Raspberry Syrup, Luna Pisc & Campari foam) is a good brunch option. Or, if you’re after something less boozy, there’s also an extensive smoothie menu, or traditional Emoliente herbal tea (famed in Peruvian history for its healing powers).
What made it unique to them: A lot of the ingredients are UK-sourced, but some are shipped all the way from the Amazon basin and the Andes altitudes. Peruvian fusion is definitely having a moment in London right now, and brunch at LIMA Floral is the perfect way to dip your toe into the cuisine in an authentic way.
The small print: The service wasn't the speediest (it was Saturday so we weren't in a rush) but the concept and tasty food means we will still be going back.