Floral by Lima

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Peruvian
Floral by Lima is the younger sibling to its Michelin starred sister in Fitzrovia. An evolution rather than a duplication, the broader menu is adapted to the newly fashionable Covent Garden and in addition to the restaurant, brings with it a brand new food offering served in the Bajo Bar alongside some of “the best cocktails in London”.

Under the keen eye of Virgilio Martinez (Executive Chef and ranked #5 in the World 50 Best List and #1 in in Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants list) and Robert Ortiz, the same high standards apply and customers and critics alike have been equally lavish with praise. Amongst these we are pleased to have been awarded two AA Rosettes and a 5-Star review from Time Out.
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PB
London
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Good place to have quality food with a colour touch!

CJ
London
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Excellent, interesting food. The evening got off to a shaky start where we were left standing in the door, waiting to be seated for quite some time. Once seated we then waited some time more for someone to take our order. Once the food came however, it was excellent.

g
London
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was my first time at Lima restaurant. Food was amazing, friendly staff , nice place to have dinner on Saturday evening . Just recommended to book a table . Looks always busy place.

l
London
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Incredibly noisy even on a Wednesday. The dishes are very very small, the ceviche was just about acceptable, almost nothing else than fish in there ...not a real ceviche peruano at all....in sum, i wouldnt recommend it. The pisco sour was very acidic and bitter, badly mixed...

RI
London
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice Peruvian food, with excellent seafood and vegetarian options. Perfect for sharing and trying a panoply of flavours. The service was very friendly and the ambiance is very low key and relaxed. Great value for money.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very good option for sunday brunch

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are tourists from
New York and loved the restaurant! Yummy food!

AL
London
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

I went for Saturday brunch. great cost benefit with tasty food. Definitely go back and recommend it.

JH
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience1

The food is lovely, it can feel quite cramped busy and loud. The flavours are really interesting and it’s not something I could easily produce at home so it’s great for trying new tastes, but not for a romantic dinner.
Great with friends to share plates and pisco sours. We tried a Peruvian Malbec which was delicious

SF
London
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Ends up quite pricy because of the sharing concept, and some dishes don't really seem suited to sharing. Most of the food was excellent. Need to work on their Pisco Sours though!!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

A very good restaurant in terms of food; service tend to become a bit distracted when it gets busy. The real downside is the noise... when the restaurant is full (and the music is on, with a volume higher than needed) the noise, because of the terrible acoustic (at least in the main room) makes it really hard to have a normal conversation (and people start to shout and the noise...). It really needs a bit of soundproofing to be a pleasant place where to share an evening with friends.

D
London
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was really nice and having several smaller dishes to share really suited us. Dishes were definitely different to average fair and worth experiencing.

Not bad price given food quality. Staff were great and helpful.

BS
London
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was excellent as always. Staff was way overwhelmed – the manager said upon leaving that "everyone came at the same time", so service was kinda slow and haphazard. But still, it's a great restaruant that I highly recommend!

M
London
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Very expensive for the value I got. I paid £8 for one small alfajor (which was advertised as "alfajores"). There are other Peruvian restaurants which offer much better value and quality for the price I pay. Not impressed at all.

AB
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I went to Floral by Lila with my partner and some friends. As soon as you walk in the bright colours of the walls and the plants everywhere make you think that you have been transported to Peru! The staff is very friendly and gave us recommendations on which plates to order. Menu is a bit misleading as it is recommended to order 3-4 dishes per person but we ordered two per person and it was enough.
Everything was delicious (specially the Chinese cauliflower, the quinoa salad and the King prawns and calamari) except for the smoked chicken causa, which had a strange flavor that I was not fond of.
Prices are a bit high for the size of the dishes but the quality of the food and the lively atmosphere make Floral worthy

BH
Kent
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Interesting and tasty menu and all very well priced. Service was very good but maybe flattered by the lack of other diners which detracted slightly from the overall ambience.
Limited wine choice but focus on regional South American producers made for an interesting list.

e
London
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had the Lima set menu which gave us a range of delicious, imaginative and unusual flavours. We accompanied the food with fantastic Pisco Sours. Definitely looking forward to our next visit.

GS
London
20 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Great food, but service wasn’t great.

MS
London
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience3

Portions were very small and expensive for what they were!

N
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

It was a quiet Monday night, so it wasn’t buzzing, but the restaurant is colourful and the food was great. The service was really great when you got someone’s attention but that was harder work than it should be. We had a fun evening.

E
London
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had the bottomless prosecco brunch, which was delicious, with a good variety of dishes. The prosecco refills needed some prompting initially, but 90 minutes is in all an adequate time to eat and drink. Lovley place, would recommend it!!

K
Montreal
12 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food. Had to insist to get 3 course meal- glad we did. Service polite but did not do justice to quality of meal itself

j
London
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Poor service - managers really are driving the poor culture across the staff. Shame as some staff are great

L
London
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was fine, Main portions were too small. flavours were generally okay a bit bland. Empahandas were the best thing we tried. Pisco sours were good. Our main waiter was polite and helpful. But other wait/serving staff were less so.

LM
London
34 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

We had planned an early evening meal, but given the prices, portion sizes and so-so service we decided to call it pre-dinner drinks and snacks before heading elsewhere.
The sea bream ceviche was lovely, beautifully cured in ginger 'tiger's milk' with an added crunch of (I think) cancha corn. There just wasn't enough of it for the £9 price tag. Empanadas were only just warm and a little soggy. Yucca chips could also have been hotter, and definitely needed the cheesy, but quite bland, Huancaina sauce to counteract the slightly cardboard texture.
Having spotted the micro-mains being served to nearby tables, we decided to cut our losses and eat elsewhere.
On the plus side, the pisco sour was delicious

S
London
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly spectacular food I'll definitely return. Definitely try the seared tuna just wow what an adventure for your taste buds.

We ordered the bread (something I'd never usually get) because of all the reviews talking about it and was shocked how good it was. Some of the best bread I've ever had plus you need it to mop up all the deliciousness from the ceviche dressings.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice interesting food - with great set menu

G
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate at Flora Lima and were pleasantly surprised by the new tapas like menu. The recommendation for 2-3 small plates and one large plate per person was quite accurate.
We had a lovely sea bream ceviche, a Duck tiradito, octopus and a delicious cauliflower dish, as our standout favorites. Dinner, with wine came to approximately £50 a person, with taxes and service included.

We would definitely recommend Flora

c
London
16 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience1

We went as a group of three and was seated in a corner that had enough space for two people. Thankfully when asked, the waitress extended our table. Unfortunately a private event took over most of the restaurant (which was not in a private room) which meant it was too noisy especially as the private event was broadcasting videos and had use of microphones.

We had the Lima menu which was great to sample the various dishes. However we were disappointed to be presented with a plate of two panna cottas and another plate containing a scoop of mousse. These were to be shared between three people! This may have been fine if there were two of us but for three people it was just too awkward....

HC
Yorkshire
10 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Absolutely delicious food, really unusual and beautifully presented. Clearly a popular place - and our second visit. We’ll be back!

S
London
9 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place delicious food , friendly and super efficient and helpful staff and very knowledgeable about all the food. Only point ( hardly a criticism) but food came very quickly , but was very fresh and delicious. I think we had barely ordered and it was there ! I would have liked a few minutes to relax , get comfy and have a drink first but it was Friday night and busy for them.

CL
London
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Food was amazing but stuff was of really poor quality compared to the food. E.g. could not even advise what kind of wine was best for the food served and could not give a clear description of each plates served

EB
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Outstanding food, with an excellent pre-theatre menu.

P
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We were sadly quite disappointed with our meal at Floral by Lima. The service was friendly and our 'small plates' were mainly tasty, though the creamy potatoes had a slightly odd after taste and our cocktails arrived after them which seemed strange as the restaurant was half empty. My stone bass main was pretty small considering the price and the flavours so strong to be almost unpleasant. My partner's lamb was apparently good but both our side dishes were almost inedible, which is saying something as I'm not at all fussy and enjoy a wide variety of flavours and cuisines. The seasonal vegetables were overcooked and the sauce so overpowering it didn't work at all as a side. Neither of us could eat the yukka fries as they were so dense, dry and tasteless and I can't remember the last time I actually couldn't eat part of a meal. We shared the chocolate mousse for dessert as I wasn't really keen to try anything more adventurous due to the strange and unappealing mix of flavours in some of the previous dishes. Most reviews of the restaurant are positive so maybe I picked the wrong dishes but at £65 each for an underwhelming meal, I won't risk coming back.

CG
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely food! We had the pre-theatre menu and it was a great choice. Tasty cocktails too

LK
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding, did not disappoint, from starters to desserts. The waiting staff were also very friendly and helpful. Will definitely be going back!

g
London
182 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I had a wonderful birthday lunch at Floral by Lima. It was not busy - perhaps Saturday lunchtimes are not a busy time for this restaurant - which made it all the more enjoyable. The Pisco Sours are superb, and the brunch menu was truly excellent - such delicate yet spicy flavours. The service was really friendly and professional.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food about all else! A real experience and I only did the pretheatre menu

ER
London
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our experience at Floral Lima. The flavours were unusual but very good and the ambience and service was good too. Prices reasonable for central London right in middle of Theatreland.

PM
London
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great combination of different, exciting food in a warm and friendly environment. The staff were lovely and dealt effortlessly with the demands of dealing with a gluten free diet and an onion free diet requirement of another diner in the group. It was fun, delicious and the wine and cocktails also excellent. All in all a great place to spend an evening.