At the end of June LIMA will open on Fitzrovia’s Rathbone Place. The creation of chef Virgilio Martinez and the Gonzalez brothers, LIMA will integrate both traditional and contemporary Peruvian cuisine.
Virgilio Martinez is currently chef patron of Central restaurant in Lima and this is his first international solo venture. He will continue to run both ventures in parallel. Head chef is long-time friend and collaborator, Robert Ortiz who constantly travels back to Peru to visit Central for inspiration as well as his hometown in the country’s Amazon region. The two met in London 13 years ago. Restaurant manager is Bunmi Okolosi who hails from Dinner by Heston Blumenthal.
The menu is split into Crudo (raw) – ceviches and tiraditos, starters and main courses – and a tasting menu. While much of the produce will be sourced from within the UK, the restaurant will feature hitherto unheard of ingredients from small producers in Peru. As Virgilio comments, “Peruvian cuisine is nothing if it doesn’t show its native produce.”
Diners at LIMA can expect starters of Octopus “al olivo” or Duck cured magret whilst main courses will include Turbot with an Amazon citrus and Suckling pig with potatoes cultivated at 4,000 metres.
The interior has been conceived by new London design firm March & White with a playful yet elegant vision including strong native influences throughout to create a taste of Peru in central London.
LIMA, 31 Rathbone Place, W1