Floral by Lima

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£26 to £40
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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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London Restaurant Festival: 8 dishes to share & a pisco sour £40

LIMA menu Chef selection of 8 dishes to share + pisco sour £40.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 2 - 6 people

Starts: 1 October 2019

Ends: 31 October 2019

Availability: Daily 12:00-18:30

What 743 People Are Saying
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M
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

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 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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 13 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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 11 October 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Great food, but service wasn’t great.

MS
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

Portions were very small and expensive for what they were!

N
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

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 6 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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 4 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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 3 October 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

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

L
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

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 25 September 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

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 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice interesting food - with great set menu

G
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 18 September 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

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 18 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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

S
London
8 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

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
London
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Outstanding food, with an excellent pre-theatre menu.

P
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

LK
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 31 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

ER
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 28 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

CW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely food, great atmosphere. Would recommend to anyone looking for something different around Covent Garden.

K
London
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The restaurant was not very busy so ambience was missing. We were handed the menu but not told about the pre theatre menu which we had to ask for. We opted for this but portions of food were quite small so we ended up ordering three extra dishes to avoid feeling hungry still. Although food was tasty we felt it was overpriced for what you get.

KM
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

The staff were wonderful. The food was really nothing special and especially as a vegetarian / someone who occasionally eats meat that's been produced without chemicals and with care and respect to animals and their living/dying conditions - your menu had very few options. I'm sure you get a lot of tourists through - the loud poppy music and over priced menu kind of exaggerated that vibe. My companions are meat/fish eaters and found their food was enjoyable but I honestly wish I'd spent that £90 somewhere else.

D
London
21 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was very good, with some highlights (pork belly, duck tiradito, scallop ceviche) and some so-so dishes (yucca fries are not definitely my thing). The service was a bit hit-and-miss too: we had three/four different waiters: some were nice and attentive, while others did not show one single smile during the whole dinner. In general, they all seemed a bit too eager to remove our plates, which is something I never appreciate.
The wine list is a bit short, and the mark-ups are very high, but unfortunately that's a problem of basically every restaurant in central London.
All in all a good experience, maybe not as good as our first visit (which in all honesty was a couple of years ago).

VM
London
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and great service. The only drawback is the acoustics, when the restaurant is full it can get loud and difficult to hold a conversation with your table companions. Wouldn't put me off going again though.

RB
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly and attentive hosts, great food and excellent service

F
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food; highly recommend sharing all the small plates

J
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was great. Really helpful advice from waiter on how much to order. Amazing atmosphere

ES
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Unfortunately dismal. I think it has been for some time but I did have a good experience back when it opened. The biggest fault is with the kitchen. They were not able to achieve the correct balance of flavours with the dishes. Saltado with too much soy even by restaurant managers own admission. Bizarrely he decided to suggest the prawns as a replacement dish but they also came in a sauce which after first round seemed a bit of a gamble on his part. The sauce appeared to have a huancaino inspiration but was rich without sufficient contrast. It is a shame but it appears to be for tourist walk ins and anyone that googles a restaurant search for Covent Garden. Oh and by the way I do know what I'm talking about having lived in Peru and very familiar with Peruvian fine dining and not so fine but equally delicious. The restaurant lets down the name of Peruvian gastronomy as the best in the world.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Boozy brunch was fun. Was worried about service given some of the reviews but they were very friendly & even if you did have to chase for a top up now & then it wasn’t too much of an inconvenience. Food came a little too quick if anything.

S
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very pleasant dining experience. Will definitely come back!

AB
London
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A very enjoyable meal, with many eclectic tastes and textures. Recommend a visit. 😊😊😊

D
London
16 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We were disappointed by our overall experience at Floral by Lima. It started off great with prompt seating and attention by waitstaff when we sat down. The drinks we had (Piscos) were lovely. The restaurant seemed to quickly get overwhelmed - the salmon tiradito had no flavour, the yuca fries were dense and a little soggy. We were brought an incorrect entree and when we said it wasn’t for us, we were treated with a gruff “well, that’s what the order said”. No apologies. We waited another 20 min and our main did not arrive. When we gave feedback to the manager, we were told the issues we had were the Kitchen’s fault, not his. Overall - hope they can improve service and food timing as great location and some good things on the menu (sea bream ceviche was lovely).

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