By Patrick HiegerNews has been circulating for awhile that Virgilio Martínez, widely-acclaimed chef of Lima’s Central and the Michelin-starred Lima in London, was going to take advantage of the buzz surrounding his restaurants and Peruvian food in general to open another space in London. Rumors can now be affirmed. Lima Floral, the sibling of Lima, should open later this year in London.
Lima Floral will be located in the Covent Garden section of London, in the space that formerly housed The Forge. Playing on the hype that already surrounds Lima, Lima Floral will be slightly more casual, though still serving a high-end, focused mix of modern and traditional Peruvian fare. According to Gabriel Gonzalez, Lima and Lima Floral co-owner and Martínez’s business partner, “After two years of operating Lima, we thought it was time to develop a casual and fun offering with serious food credentials in this foodie destination. The cuisine will be of very high quality, using traditional and unique cooking techniques.”
According to reports, Lima Floral will be a two-story space, featuring 70 seats in the upstairs dining room, and 30 downstairs, which will include a “specialist Pisco bar.” Robert Ortiz, who currently oversees all day to day operations at Lima, will work hand-in-hand with Martínez to create the unique menu. Summer in London just got a whole lot hotter. [via Hot Dinners / Caterer and Hotel Keeper]