10 July 2012 by Alex Stewart
2012 was touted as the year of Peruvian cuisine. The country's food and flavours, its cured-fish ceviches, spicy mashed-potato causas and tender anticuchos, though not its roasted guinea pigs, have duly gone global.
Continuing the boom in Peruvian cooking in the UK and hot on the heels of Ceviche in Soho, comes Lima London, which opens today, 11 July, in Fitzrovia, suggesting the trend is set to last.
Lima is the brainchild of world-renowned Peruvian chef Virgilio Martinez, who will split his time between the fine-dining restaurant in London and his celebrated kitchen at Central in Peru's capital. Communication and the sharing of ideas and innovations between the two will keep the restaurant fresh and constantly evolving. Before becoming an ambassador for his own country's cooking though, Virgilio previously worked as executive chef at Astrid y Gaston, the Ritz in London and Lutece in New York. Long term friend and Head Chef Robert Ortiz will have responsibility for running the kitchen in his absence.
Lima London aims to promote traditional, authentic Peruvian cuisine with a contemporary twist, reworking the country's classic dishes and its wealth of fresh flavours for internaional, gourmet palates. It will source most of its ingredients from the UK but will also bring over unique ingredients such as dehydrated potatoes grown at 4,000m and organic produce from Peru, to showcase the flavours of the Andes and the Amazon. Dishes set to feature on the menu include ceviches and causas, shrimp chupe, anticuchos, prawns with purple corn and sea bream served with black quinoa and amazon citrus. Cocktails will be influenced by the Peruvian tradition of using Pisco.
The restaurant's 80-seat, two-tier interior was designed by March & White and comprises an elegant space that reflects native influences. The combined result should be a delicious taste of Peru in central London that'll have you coming back for seconds or hoping on a plane to try them in Peru.
31 Rathbone Place,
London W1T 1JH