Restaurant Review: Lima, Fitzrovia, London

A couple of weeks ago my wife and I paid a visit to Lima Fitzrovia in London. Last year I spotted that Lima advertised on Travelzoo (join using that link and we both get £10 to spend) during their quiet periods (normally Jan-March and over the summer). Unlike many other offers that restaurants make, this voucher was for two-courses from the a-la-carte menu (rather than a separate set-menu), meaning you could sample whichever dishes you wish. A couple of the more expensive dishes do have small surcharges, but for £49 for 2-courses and champagne for two people, this really makes a good value evening out.

Ambiance

We booked a table for 6pm on a Wednesday evening and on arrival the restaurant was empty. A little disappointingly they were still setting up some of the tables. Could this really not be completed before service? We were seated upstairs in a corner facing across the restaurant.

Lima Fitzrovia Dining Room

Menu

The a-la-carte menu at Lima is pretty extensive. You certainly have plenty of choice with around 15 dishes for starters and 10–12 for mains. The starters are broken down into a number of sections, each showcasing a different type of Peruvian dish. The main are similarly broken down in to land and sea dishes.

Mushroom Soup
Selection of Breads

Starters

My wife and I both decided to order from the Signature dishes for starters. Clara opted for the Braised Octopus while I decided on the Lomo Steak Huanciana. As you’ll see from the pictures below, both were served as beautiful dishes and both tasted great. If anything the braised octopus probably had the edge, but maybe that was because I felt it looked prettier. The steak dish was served cold, but the mayonnaise was lovely with a slight spicy kick that complemented the rare beef well.

Lomo Steak Huanciana, Yellow Aji Sauce, Coriander Cress
Braised Octopus, Green Lentils, Potato Cream, Alfonso Olives

Mains

For mains, we both opted for dishes from the land section of the menu. I decided on a Suckling Pig dish while Clara ordered Duck Nisei. Again, both dishes looked pretty, although perhaps not as much as the starters. Both were served on imaginative crockery which helps to complement the food.

Suckling Pig, Chicharron, Sesame Seeds, Celeriac, Eucalyptus syrup
Duck Nisei, Green Rice, Ginger, Tamarind, Peruvian Corn Beer

Desserts

Even though our deal didn’t include them we decided to opt for a dessert. The choice here is a little more limited than the other menus, but there are still six to choose from. To be honest it was actually pretty difficult to pick the dishes as they are certainly not desserts that you would immediately recognise from more traditional menus.

Chirimoya Parfait, Amazonian Chocolate, Blue Potato Crisps
Lucuma Fruit Ice Cream, Ginger Syrup, Rocoto Pepper Crisps

Service

Service throughout the meal was friendly, relaxed and professional. It did feel slightly less professional than some other Michelin Starred restaurants we’ve visited. This made me feel more like eating in a ‘normal’ restaurant than being truly spoiled — which could be seen as positive or negative depending on what you are after.

Overall

Overall we had a lovely meal at Lima. If we hadn’t ordered with a voucher I would have certainly felt that the food was a little expensive. Personally when I spend this much I do like it to feel a little more luxurious. The type of food was certainly a change though and was really photographically beautiful, which I love.

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London based Engineering Leader, Technologist and Foodie. Loves travelling and eating and blogging about it afterwards!

Ben Brown — My Personal Blog

A personal blog from a London based engineering leader passionate about food and travel.