Lima Floral – Covent Garden, London

Can you book? Yes
Food: 6/10
Atmosphere: 5/10
Price paid per person: £40

A few years ago I went to the restaurant that occupied what is now the Lima Floral site. The food was very good but the lack of other people and atmosphere was disappointing. Oddly enough, years later something similar can be said of Lima Floral. Is it the fact that it’s on a cobbled side road and doesn’t get much passing trade? Or is it just timing, and had I gone a significant amount of time after Christmas it would have been heaving?

Putting restaurant placement and January thriftiness aside, we moved on to more important things: food. Two of us shared seared tuna and sea bream ceviche to start, having been told by the waiter that the tuna was the best dish. He wasn’t wrong, I was a big fan. It was served with green tiger’s milk sauce (as are many of the dishes), radish and asparagus. Note that tiger’s milk is actually from a cow rather than a tiger, but spiced up. The sea bream ceviche came in a bowl of tiger’s milk with avocado and crispy onions. This was also excellent and I particularly enjoyed feasting on the sauce long after the fish was finished with the dainty implement provided (half spoon half fork).

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For main we shared lamb rump with quinoa and hot sea bass ceviche served with (no prizes for guessing this one) hot tiger’s milk and sweet potato. It’s amazing how different this tiger’s milk tasted though. Having loved the previous sauces I did not care for this one, as I found it far too tangy, but I should point out I was very much in the minority here. The fish by itself was very cooked well. We also shared a Cisco corn cake which was tasty, arguably in need of a spicy sauce but again my fellow diners were not in agreement with me.

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At one point we were brought more bread (which was incidentally excellent bread) only to have the full basket swiftly taken away which was strange.

At approx £40 it isn’t cheap and the portions aren’t overly generous. My overall conclusion; some good dishes but lacking in atmosphere and not great value for money. Perhaps some Peruvian music in the background to liven it up a little…?

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