Sometimes, The Gentleman pulls out little surprises. His surprise this weekend was finding an awesome little bar/restaurant for us called Lima Floral. We popped there with Sophie for an afternoon of eating and drinking.
Sophie actually worked on a nature reserve in the middle of the rainforest in Peru last year for a few months, so was dying to eat Peruvian food again. As soon as we arrived at Lima Floral, we were greeted by a friendly waiter who lead us to a table in the courtyard and told us about the constant deal they have.
For just £15 you can have a Pisco Cocktail and two Piqueos (Peruvian Tapas). Of course we started with two of these deals, and then it hit 4pm and it was 2 for 1 cocktails. We were winning.
We ended up ordering the entire menu, as we had the £15 deal four times – it would have been rude not to. We really weren’t disappointed in our decision. Every single dish was presented in the most beautiful way like a piece of art. The flavour combinations and textures flowed effortlessly through each dish and the portion sizes were much better than the Tapas sizes we had imagined.
We went with;
Braised Octopus, Botija Olive and Chorizo salad – wow – is this not one of the most beautiful dishes you’ve ever seen? Tasted fabulous too. Little potato pieces topped with octopus, dusted with chorizo and finished with sprinkled petals.
Andean cereal crust King prawns with sweet chilli pepper jam lying on a bed of vegetable crisps.
Beef Empanada, Spring Onion, Red Peppers and Yellow Chilli Sauce. I wasn’t a fan as I’m not keen on this type of pastry but Sophie loved it so much she ordered a second helping.
Seared wild mushroom Huancaina, Yellow potato and black Quinoa. Not our favourite dish, but a lovely alternative to the other wild flavours and a smooth texture.
Pork Chicharron Bun, Sweet Potato, Rocoto Pepper and Gem Lettuce on a bed of vegetable crips. Holy mother of burgers this was incredible. The bun was almost crunchy and the pork had the most wonderful smokey flavour. I’d definitely recommend this one!
Beef Anticucho or Organic Chicken, Corn Cake and Dry Chilli Pepper Mayonnaise. We tried the beef and the chicken but get the chicken – it allows each individual flavour to be processed more independently from one-another. The corn cakes were the most delicious little things ever. I could have had a whole plate of them.
Everything was polished off with not a morsel to spare, and then washed down with a last round of Pisco sours for Sophie and The Gentleman, while I had another Maracuya (Passion fruit, Luna Pisco, Lime Sugar, Egg White and Angostura Bitters) – delicious!
We had a snoop around the interior when we’d finished, as Sophie has moved up to London to do a year’s course in Interior Design (she’s renovating my parent’s St John’s Wood flat currently with transformations over on Instagram).
We hesitatingly dodged the Pisco bar, and went for a wander through the bustling London streets.
For those here for the fashion over the food (who am I kidding, we all love both right?) we snapped a few outfit shots to keep you happy too. I recently attended the Boohoo Christmas Press Day and they very kindly gave us a £50 voucher to spend.
I of course dove straight onto the site and ordered my goodies. This fabulous camel coatigan being one!
Would love to know if you’ve tried Lima Floral or its sister restaurant Lima London. Let me know what you think of the new Camel Coatigan too, I feel like it’s going to get a lot of wear in autumn!