You would forgive Lima Floral for having a slight inferiority complex. Lima Fitzrovia has successfully wooed the Capital and, along with Ceviche, has bought about a city-wide Peruvian food trend. Those are some mighty big shoes to fill. If the younger sapling is feeling the pressure, we certainly haven’t noticed. This is not simply a continuation on a theme, nor is it the birth of a chain; Lima Floral feels very much like its own restaurant. The menu is notably different with a strong emphasis on Leche de Tigre. For those of you with a working knowledge of Spanish, that probably piqued your interest; it translates as ‘tiger’s milk.’ Thankfully, it is not a literal translation, it is the name given to the mix of ingredients that ‘cooks’ the ceviche. It is a cloudy, explosive mix of citrus, chilli, coriander and onion and said to be both a hangover cure and an aphrodisiac. We can’t (and shouldn’t) comment on the latter but the result is certainly invigorating. Throughout the menu the flavours are balanced superbly, but nowhere better than the subtle and fascinating creations on the desert menu. The Suspiro Ardiente, a blend of Dulce de Leche, beetroot and chilli left us reevaluating everything we know about deserts and more than a little temped to order seconds.
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