A Toast to Peru – LIMA Michelin-Starred Bottomless Brunch

A Toast to Peru – LIMA Michelin-Starred Bottomless Brunch


Peruvian food is considered by many to be among the best in the world, with its inventive use of ingredients and subtle flavours. I’ve visited LIMA Floral in Covent Garden before, so was delighted to sample the Michelin starred cuisine at the very first London branch of LIMA. I had been invited to try the new bottomless brunch, featuring Pisco punches and tasty Peruvian dishes. Arriving at the attractive townhouse, I was struck by the bright blue and orange decor – a place after my own heart!

LIMA Fitzrovia restaurant
LIMA is the brainchild of well-known Peruvian chef Virgilio Martinez and his partners, Gabriel and José-Luis Gonzalez, who wanted to bring Peruvian flavours to London. Virgilio’s good friend, Robert Ortiz, is Head Chef at LIMA Fitzrovia and fellow foodie Miriam and I were introduced to him during the meal. One of the nice things about this place is the open-plan kitchen, where you can see all the dishes being prepared. Our bottomless brunch kicked off with some delicious homemade bread and a complimentary appetizer of carrot soup with chicken stock.

LIMA chef
As we perused the brunch menu, our friendly waitress explained the brunch concept to us. She had almost lost her voice but soldiered on with a friendly exuberance. The idea is to share a selection of starters, have a main course each and to choose desserts for the table. There’s a nice choice of pisco punches or prosecco for the bottomless brunch too. We loved the Pisco Punch Clasico, a refreshing long drink with pineapple, orange, lemon, clove and prosecco. Apparently, this classic cocktail became famous during the gold-rush years in San Francisco!

A refreshing LIMA pisco punch
Our first starter for the table was a mixed ceviche of tuna, octopus and sea bream with Cuzco corn, heritage tomatoes and traditional tiger’s milk. Cuzco corn, or choclo, is a popular ingredient in Peruvian cooking and makes a great base for this dish. As for tiger’s milk, rest assured that it doesn’t come from tigers! It’s a citrus based marinade believed by some to be an aphrodisiac and a hangover cure and . The ceviche was perhaps my favourite dish on the menu, it was so fresh and bursting with flavour.

LIMA London menuAs you can see, each plate was more beautiful than the next – this is LIMA’s famous octopus dish with green lentils and Alfonso olives. It’s not part of the brunch menu but can be ordered in addition. Octopus is sometimes rather chewy but that wasn’t the case here, with every morsel being a delight.

LIMA Michelin-Starred Peruvian cuisineOur next sharing starter was a delicate cobia fish tiradito with yellow tiger’s milk and squid ink tiger’s milk. Cobia fish deserves to be better known as it’s sustainable and high quality enough to be used in sushi and sashimi.

LIMA London Michelin star
To go with our starters, we enjoyed a Verde punch, a long drink made from celery and pressed cucumber, together with Luna Pisco Torontel – very healthy and delicious to boot! Our final starter was another success – asparagus causa with tree tomato and yellow potato. The consistency of the base is close to mashed potato which I don’t eat, but I tasted the top of the dish and certainly enjoyed that. Tree tomatoes or tamarillos are actually fruits and they give this dish a pleasing sweetness.

LIMA bottomless brunch
For my main, I chose the lamb seco with coriander and pumpkin fritters. It had been slow-cooked in a stew and was beautifully tender – cooked just long enough to retain all its flavour.

LIMA lamb
With our mains we also enjoyed two sides – a Summer leaf salad of goat’s cheese, pomegranate and fresh fig and a broccoli, apple vinegar, red pepper and almond salad. The crunchy almonds made a really nice contrast with the broccoli.

LIMA cocktails
Miriam’s main course was a very moreish hake a la plancha, cooked on a griddle. It had some interesting ingredients – seaweed and cuzco corn purée.

LIMA fish
We finished our bottomless brunch in style with two sharing desserts – Peruvian doughnuts with eucalyptus syrup and Alfajores with dulce de leche ice cream. Alfajores are a traditional butter cookie and if you haven’t yet tried some, then you simply must! As for the doughnuts, I’m not normally a fan but these weren’t oversweet and I polished them off in no time.

LIMA Fitzrovia’s brunch is available at weekends and costs £35 for 6 courses, with a bottomless punch or prosecco option for an additional £20. Very reasonable for the amount but most importantly the quality of the food that we enjoyed.

Are you a fan of Peruvian food? Have you visited Peru? 

LIMA dessert

  • Lovely dish. Peruvian foods are famous, but I never got chance to have them. To me, food become more delicious if we are able to see step by step of its making.

    Thanks a lot for sharing your experience with us.

    • It’s my pleasure, Manoj and thanks for taking the time to comment. I hope you get a chance to experience Peruvian cuisine!

  • I love the food at LIMA, some of the best in London in my opinion!!

  • Each dish was an absolute delight and beautifully presented! Thoroughly enjoyed the laid-back atmosphere as well, such a beautiful place to enjoy exquisite Peruvian cuisine!

    Miriam x

    • Yes I really liked the casual feel too and it was great to catch up with you over such delicious cuisine

  • Laura Torninoja

    Oh my goodness that last picture! I want donuts SO much now :’D

    I’ve walked past this place so many times, and I keep thinking that I need to visit. I think brunch might be the perfect thing to start with! x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    • Ha ha, the doughnuts are tempting aren’t they! I’d definitely go back for the brunch, I just love all those sharing plates

  • Definitely my favourite Peruvian restaurant in London! Alfajores are my favourite dessert – I’m glad you enjoyed them as not many have heard or tasted them. I actually met Robert Ortiz’ brother William Ortiz, funnily enough he is the Head Chef in the new Peruvian restaurant opposite Lima called Pisqu! They serve a different type of Peruvian cuisine but its still very good and worth a try!

    • I’d never tried alfajores before but I’m glad that I did! I’d spotted the other restaurant but didn’t realize that Robert’s brother worked there

  • Those are luxurious and colorful meals! 🙂
    And the drinks look refreshing too. Yum!

    • The drinks worked really well, I generally have wine with a meal rather than cocktails but these weren’t too sweet and accompanied the dishes perfectly

  • Hayley Rubery

    Note to self.. *don’t read Suze’s food posts whilst hungry haha! Love your pictures are ALWAYS so stunning, this place looks like the absolute dream, going to try and take Ben here – he would love it! 🙂

    Hayley xo
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    • I promise you won’t be disappointed, I’m already plotting my return! Glad you liked the photos, it was all so appetizing

  • Coco Cami

    Wow, this all looks so delicious, seriously hungry now 🙂 great post, thanks for sharing !

    Camille xo

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  • Dressed With Soul

    I must be such an experience to eat there! Now I’m only thinking about if I will be the next time in Lima 🙂 Thanks for sharing this amazing post!
    xx Rena
    http://www.dressedwithsoul.com

  • Ooh great find in London! I haven’t tasted Peruvian cuisine before so would be an interesting experience to try!

  • Wow, this restaurant looks amazing! Every dish is like a work of art…beautiful!

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  • My boyfriend just wanted us to go to posh restaurant.. now this is a good option 🙂

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  • The townhouse location looks ideal and I love how bright and colourful the dishes look! I’ve never tried Peruvian food before, so this has been a lovely introduction.

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  • The food here looks incredible Suze and very healthy also! I love food with lots of flavour and I can see that lots of attention to detail has gone into the chefs foodie creations here. The dessert looks so tasty!

    Laura xo
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  • Wow looks amazing! 🙂

  • Those certainly are very reasonable prices, what a lovely place! Very intrigued to see what Peruvian cuisine is like, we’re considering Peru for our honeymoon 🙂 xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

    • I really want to visit Peru too, bet it would be brilliant for a honeymoon as long as you take time to acclimatize

  • Lucy

    Looks delicious. Interesting that as a foodie you do t like mash potatoe but I presume it is the texture. The lamb looks yummy Lucy x

    • Yes it’s very weird that I don’t like it – just reminds me of baby food ;-). The lamb was delicious

  • Oh my God that’s practically a STEAL by London standards. I’m too weak a drinker to take advantage of the bottomless bubbles but even so £35 for 6 courses is enough to make me very happy! x

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  • This looks so fresh and vibrant! Gemma x
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