Peruvian chef Virgilio Martinez, whose Lima-based restaurant featured on last year’s World’s 50 Best list, has confirmed he will open a second site in London’s Covent Garden.
Martinez and his partners, Gabriel and Jose Luis Gonzalez, will open Lima Floral site on the Heaton, Butler and Bayne site at 14 Garrick Street, which was formerly the Forge, in July.
Gabriel Gonzalez, co-owner of Lima, said: “We are so excited to have found a beautiful site in Covent Garden. 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. Lima Floral will be split in two spaces: the main restaurant and a ‘piqueos bar’ (essentially a bar serving tapas dishes which is very traditional in Peru).”
Martinez, who is the chef-patron of the Central fine-dining restaurant in Lima, opened his first Lima restaurant in Fitzrovia in May 2012, in collaboration with the Gonzales brothers.
Davis Coffer Lyons acted on the Garrick Street deal.