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[photo: Lima London / Virgilio Martínez]

Virgilio Martínez Will Open Lima Floral In London This July

By Patrick Hieger

[photo: Lima London / Virgilio Martínez]

[photo: Lima London / Virgilio Martínez]

News 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]

[photo: NOLA]

Under Construction: Buenos Aires’ NOLA Goes Puerta Abierta

By Patrick Hieger

[photo: NOLA / Liza Puglia]

[photo: NOLA / Liza Puglia]

Taking full advantage of the popularity that their Puerta Cerrada-style diner has created in Buenos Aires, Liza Puglia and Francisco Terren, the masterminds behind NOLA, the Creole-inspired closed door restaurant, are going brick and mortar.  Which isn’t to say that they’ve been serving out of a van but, now rather than having to make a reservation for a four-course Southern-infused meal, those interested will be able to get honest-to-goodness soul food nine hours a day.  Puglia and Terren will keep their Puerta Cerrada venture up and running, making the legitimate restaurant version a full-time display of what diners can expect behind closed doors.

The new restaurant will also be named NOLA, and will function like a gastropub.  The space will be open every day except Tuesdays, from 4 pm to 1 am.  Terren and his brother’s line of beers, Broeders, will be featured on tap, and Puglia’s signature creole cuisine will be at the center of the menu.  Diners can expect to find fried chicken, gumbo, and biscuits always on the menu, with a rotating cast of Southern-fueled favorites accompanying them.  Both Puglia and Terren insist that NOLA won’t be the merienda-type place that Palermo Viejo is known for, serving coffee and facturas late in the afternoon.  In fact, they won’t even be serving coffee as part of the menu–just good food, good beer, and a proper Southern vibe.

Construction of the new space is now underway and an opening is tentatively scheduled for May.  So, we can most likely expect something in June, unless construction somehow miraculously goes according to schedule.  NOLA will be located at Gorriti 4389, near the corner of Julian Alvarez in Palermo Viejo.  Get excited.  This is going to be a delicious opening.

[photo: Como Sur]

Under Construction: Gastón Acurio’s La Mar Buenos Aires

 

[photo: Como Sur]

[photo: Como Sur]

Though we had heard late last year that Gastón Acurio would be opening a Buenos Aires location of his acclaimed La Mar line of Peruvian cebicherías this summer, it looks as though the project is still in the works but definitely delayed.  Set to be located in the heart of Palermo Hollywood, at the corner of Arévalo and Nicaragua, the restaurant will be built in classic Acurio style, taking over and fully renovating an old building that, well, has seen better days.  A full plywood fence with mural surrounds the construction site right now, and no major equipment looks to be in place.  Just over the top of the fence, entry to the building is clearly boarded up.  So, as of now, it doesn’t appear that La Mar is going to have a summer opening, unless it’s summer of 2015.  Given the amount Acurio has going on, scheduling these buildouts must be a nightmare.  As we get more on dates, we’ll keep you posted.  Get ready for La Mar Miami soon!

[photo: Como Sur]

Under Construction: Taquería Los Miserables, Santiago

[photo: Como Sur]

[photo: Como Sur]

Taco lovers of Santiago, take note.  As soon as this weekend, all of your taco dreams (and more!) could finally become real.  Tentatively scheduled to open this Friday, February 28, Taquería Los Miserables will be the answer to the ongoing riddle, “Where the hell do I get tacos in Santiago?”  Outfitted with pastel-colored Mexican tile work, a picture of a pistolero, and a mustachioed logo that evokes the simple, elegant design of a place we want to eat at, the taquería will be serving classic Mexican favorites like tinga de pollo, tacos al pastor, rajas con crema, and more.  When we spoke with the owner yesterday, he said that Los Miserables should be open for business this Friday, with a grand opening to follow.  As of today, no one was in the space working.  Either way, it’s nearly done and we’re certainly hungry.  Listos?!

[photo: Olivia Amter]

Under Construction: José Andrés’ China Chilcano

[photo: Olivia Amter]

[photo: Olivia Amter]

For those of you that love seeing pictures of restaurants under construction, we’ve got a couple of gems for you.  Spanish chef José Andrés’ forthcoming D.C.-based China Chilcano, which will be a Peruvian-inspired and infused version of his Las Vegas restaurant China Poblano, which fuses Mexican and Chinese flavors, is now under construction.  China Chilcano will serve up a fusion of Peruvian and Chinese flavors, which Peruvians already refer to as Chifa, and is pretty much a national staple.  Fine Dining Lovers touted the forthcoming restaurant as one of the ’25 Most Anticipated U.S. Restaurant Openings in 2014′.  This will mark Andrés’ third restaurant on the block, including Oyamel and Jaleo (pictures below).

[photo: Olivia Amter]

[photo: Olivia Amter]

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s no signage up yet, just windows covered in paper. The restaurant is scheduled for a spring opening.  China Chilcano will be located at 418 7th St, NW, in the Penn Quarter neighborhood.  Let’s hope there’s gold behind that paper. [via Fine Dining Lovers]

[photo: Olivia Amter]

[photo: Olivia Amter]

[photo: Olivia Amter]

[photo: Olivia Amter]