Everything on the menu sounded inviting as we stood outside Lima, mentally debating which of the many good restaurants on Charlotte Street was worthy of our custom for the much awaited catch up between me and my good friend and mentor, Gerry Haag.
However just to be sure we weren’t missing out on something else new in and as intriguing in Fitzrovia or as it’s sometimes called Noho (no no – a failed attempt to rebrand the area north of Soho), we strolled further down the street.
Charlotte Street has been one of my favourite off-the-beaten tracks of Oxford Street since I’ve lived in Central London for over 10 years. Located just a stone-throws away from Tottenham Court Road and Goodge Street Station, it is a cleaner slate north of its iconic counterpart Soho.
Within 5 minutes we were back outside Lima, confirming from the menu and the ambiance visible from its glass façade that this was were we could sit and catch up with good food to fuel us.
Lima has received 4 accolades which include 1 Michelin Star and Best new Restaurant. I was unaware of the high status of this restaurant until I looked it up this morning. And that speaks volumes – the food (and drink; those Pisco Cocktails took me right back to Chile), spoke for itself. Beautifully presented contemporary Peruvian cuisine without losing the essence of flavour.
I’ll admit, this restaurant isn’t in the average price budget – it’s £££. But for good quality food and a taste of South America without the airfare price tag, it was worth the compromise to perhaps miss out on eating out this week, just to savour good quality Michelin Star food!
A taste of Lima from Charlotte Street, W1…
Great food & drink with great company and pleasant staff… You might want to pop over for a stroll on Charlotte street to visit Lima.
Words Kai Lutterodt @the.soho.girl
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