New decade, new chapter for Peruvian hotspot, LIMA 


LIMA, the pioneering Peruvian restaurant, is celebrating its tenth birthday by starting the next chapter of their story in London. To welcome the new decade, LIMA has undergone a transformation of the established restaurant, transporting guests to the culinary capital of South America, and the restaurant’s namesake.

Launched in 2012 by the Gonzalez brothers Gabriel & Jose Luis, LIMA will now see a more contemporary and minimalist take on traditional Peruvian culture. The restaurant’s décor, drawing inspiration from the rich multiculturalism synonymous with Peru, will boast shades of emerald green and aquamarine reflecting Peru’s dazzling landscapes, with traditional tones. The restaurant keeps to its heritage, with eye-catchingKhipos hanging from the skylight – an ancient system of record-keeping used by the Incas – but here recreated by local British artists.

The new menu is spearheaded by newly appointed Culinary Director, Roberto Sihuay, a leading Peruvian chef. Roberto will be heralding the diverse cultural influences the Peruvian kitchen has adopted through its vast immigration to the country, all while using British and local produce. Expect a menu with innovative takes on the Chifa (Chinese), and Nikkei (Japanese) cuisine, derived from the dishes he grew up with, think Shiso Tempura with Otoro and salsa cevichera.

Regional dishes like the tiradito are also being reinvented – Cornish scallops with parmigiano tiger’s milk, and a causa limena using the freshest Iberian octopus. Though fret not – LIMA’s classic ceviche will still make an appearance!

“We want diners to be wowed by the new LIMA that feels fresh and unexpected, while building on what we do best – elegantly showcasing Peru’s renowned, multicultural cuisine” says LIMA’s co-founder Gabriel Gonzalez.

Of course, the dishes will still hold true to what made Londoners fall in love with the Peruvian kitchen ten years ago, with its fresh flavours and vibrant colours.Guests can choose from the a la carte menu or immerse themselves in a vibrant, six-course tasting menu representing Peru’s three biodiverse regions – the Pacific Coast, the Andes Mountain range, and the Amazon. The unique dining experience is offered for £70, and the recommended chef-curated drinks pairing is priced at an additional £35.

The refurb is complete with a brand-new Pisco-based cocktail menu designed by a leading Peruvian mixologist who’s combined the iconic national spirit with seasonal ingredients and foreign flourishes. Try the Campo, with Pisco Quebranta, red onion and aji limo cordial and avocado to get the evening started. An updated wine list has also been expertly curated to showcase even more South American and new world wines.

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