London, in all it’s grace and splendor, has always been missing decent breakfast/brunch place – or they’ve been hiding very well from me. It makes sense, in a way, considering that the lifestyle people have in the metropolis isn’t particularly favorable to having much time in the morning. Laid-back Melbourne, on the other hand, was bursting from the seams with them. So when I saw that Lima Floral was introducing a brunch option, I was in high hopes.
Head chef: Robert Ortiz
Camera: Nikon D40 – 50mm lens
In truth, my excitement started when I realized that one of the founding partners of Lima Floral was Virgilio Martinez. I recognized his head at the beginning of the video on the website (yes, I do have a chef-crush on him), despite it being filmed from behind. Should you be unaware of who he is, he currently heads Central in Lima, nb 15 of the list of San Pellegrino’s 50 Best Restaurants in the World and the Best in the list for Latin America.
Enough of that. Onward to food, glorious food!
The brunch menu is quite straightforward: there’s only one, priced at 18£, and it includes all the items listed there. One of the great things about it is that it has a lot of variety for that price. For starters you get a scrumptious porridge that has quinoa in it (surprisingly tasty), with bits of orange peel inside, and a delicious yogurt with strawberries and sauce which I think is eucalyptus.
Then come in the mains: suckling pig brioche bun (the tiny burgers), potato pancakes (Sweet, the ones with the berries) and egg frittatas. They were all delicious (the frittatas less so, unfortunately), and it became apparent that this was a bit too much food. Which is great, don’t take it the wrong way. If you feel stuffed and still push more food down your throat, that can only mean the restaurant is doing something good.
Desserts galore – chocolate mousse, Aguaymanto and Alfajores. Not only was the entire brunch delicious, but it was really great to be able to have something else than Eggs Benedict, Florentine or Royale. Dear Lord! Other countries have breakfasts or brunches?!? Such a shocking revelation. Really. I never expected that.
Sarcasm aside, Lima Floral stays true to offering an amazing brunch that brings out many amazing features of the Peruvian kitchen. Highly recommended.