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Video! Virgilio Martínez’s New Lima Floral In London Is Now Taking Reservations (ES)

By Patrick Hieger


Although you can’t yet get into to try the Pisco bar or the Peruvian-style tapas at Virgilio Martinez’s new London space, Lima Floral, you can make a reservation.  As of this morning, the reservation line was open, and seats will be available at the new space starting on July 23.  Lima Floral is the follow-up to the much raved about, Michelin-starred Lima, which opened less than two years ago.  Per an interview with Martínez’s partner and restaurant co-owner Gabriel Gonzalez, Lima Floral will be more casual than Lima, yet still focus on cutting edge Peruvian food.  Watch the video below for a little more on just what to expect from the new space.  We’re certainly eager for those doors to open.

(Best Of Year 1) Virgilio Martínez: The Man Within The Chef

In the second part of her story on eating and spending time in Cusco, Peru with chef Virgilio Martínez, staff writer Lauren Barragan gives us a closer look at who the chef really is.  In her first piece, we got to hear about the experience of dining at Senzo, the chef’s Cusco outpost that focuses on food sourced exclusively from the region.  Here, we get to know a little more about what drives the chef and how he handles fame, celebrity status, and a whirlwind lifestyle.  Serenity is in the mountains.

[photo: Como Sur]

Virgilio Martínez Will Do A Special Dog At Hogs Durning Ñam

By Patrick Hieger

[photo: Patrick Hieger / Como Sur]

[photo: Patrick Hieger / Como Sur]

As part of the variety of specials that restaurants in and around Barrio Lastarria will be offering during Ñam, it seems as though Santiago’s beloved Hogs Salchichería has teamed up with Peruvian superstar chef Virgilio Martínez for a special dog.  According to Hogs’ Facebook page, the chef has put together an unforgettable combination that will be available starting next Thursday, April 3, the same day that Ñam opens.  We can only speculate what might top the dog or, what the dog might be made of.  Llama dog with mountain algae in coca bread?  Or maybe a ceviche dog with leche de tigre bbq sauce wrapped in quinoa bread?  Oh, the possibilities are endless.  Get yours next week.

[photo: Dany Satine]

Video: Creative Mornings Lima With Virgilio Martínez

By Patrick Hieger

If you haven’t yet heard of Creative Mornings, you should probably give them a look.  It’s a video-based “breakfast lecture series” in which leaders in creative fields like art, design and, in this case, food, give talks about how they became leaders, and what it means to do so.  Last year, Lima chef and owner of the widely-acclaimed Central did just such a talk, which you can see here.  That’s not all, though.  Recently, the Creative Mornings team also made a “micro-documentary” about the chef, his restaurant, and his team, which you can see below.  Hear how some of his cooks came to nearly beg to work in the kitchen, and how his staff thinks of him and his cuisine as a little kid playing with a new toy.  Between the talk and the documentary, it’s hard to tell which one’s more inspiring.  Give them both a watch and decide for yourself.

Micro Documental: CreativeMornings/Lima con Virgilio Martinez from CreativeMornings/Lima on Vimeo.

[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]