LIMA restaurant review - London, UK
Not your run-of-the-mill ceviche joint, LIMA mixes traditional recipes with contemporary tastes as styled by Peruvian chef extraordinaire Virgilio Martinez. Set over two floors, a light-filled formal dining area and a basement bar, the restaurant surrounds a central kitchen and spills outdoors. Refreshingly casual interiors designed by London-based March & White echo the menu, which includes specialities like braised lamb shoulder with coriander and pisco juice, updated with European influences. Handcrafted wooden panelling and reclaimed beech tables accented with cushions fashioned from Peruvian blankets complement the blue-framed concertina doors, etched with an Incan geometric pattern. 'With a project like this, the starting point is always the food,' say designers, Elliot March and James White. 'The personality and interior design of the restaurant grow out of the colours, smells and flavours of the kitchen.'