“Does Peru even have its own cuisine?” was my naive reaction when I heard about Lima, offering Peruvian cuisine, almost a year ago when it was just opened.
The Latin American Lounge and Bar by Michelin Star Chef Atul Kochhar is the first and till date, the only place in Mumbai, serving Peruvian and Latin American Cuisine.
Ready to catch your attention is the dimly lit and ornate Peruvian interior. The red flower petal chair and copper tables inadvertently attract you to the lounge section.
We were welcomed by the manager Rohan Nair and Chef Jerry Thomas.
We got started with Tortilla chips accompanied with onion tomato salsa, sour cream and smoked green tomato salsa which we couldn’t stop dunking our tortillas in.
Grilled Pineapple Margarita
A drink with a base of tequila, citrus & honey, garnished with grilled pineapple. Bite into the pineapple pieces along to get best out of the sweet and sour drink.
Spicy Macha Margarita
A tequila and citrus based matcha drink with jalapeno on skewers. The matcha taste was insignificant but jalapeno gave a good spicy kick.
Zuppa Corn and Butter Esquites
The combination of sour cream, and crispy potato sallis and buttery sweet corn broth makes this the soup to go for.
Pica di Gallo Molletes
This was another dish that must not be missed. Topped with Pico de Gallo and avocado sauce this dish was a distant cousin of Italian bruschetta.
This sev-puri look-alike dish (spare me for my uncontrollable urge for comparison) was bite sized flat tortilla discs topped with mushrooms, pepper sauce, sour cream. The spicy dish didn’t make its mark, though. Avoidable.
Green Pea, Potato & Goat Cheese Quesadilla
The oozing goat cheese, spicy potato mash and green peas filled quesadillas were a little greasy but didn’t disappoint in taste.
Corn, Cheese Chimichangas
Chimichangas are deep fried burritos filled with choice of stuffing, veg or non-veg. This corn and cheese variant was crunchy as it should be.
Sweet Potato Gratin
This sharing dish had layers of sweet potato marinated in chilli adobo and was topped with cherry tomatoes, onion, pineapple and goat cheese salad. The gratin in itself had a little tangy and spicy usual flavor but tasted mush better when scooped with the salad topping.
Bean stew with Mexican Rice
A well-stewed dish of beans, tomato gravy, sour cream and green tomato salsa. Can be served with garlic bread or rice. We tried it with Mexican rice and the combination was a satisfactory blend of taste. The rice was a great taste in itself even without the stew.
This is a traditional Mexican baked dish made with tortilla chips, kidney beans, cottage cheese, parmesan & tomato salsa. Tangy and cheesy. Make sure not to touch the super hot ceramic container.
Blue Berry Cheesecake
A usual but well moist blueberry cheesecake. Hits the sweet spot.
The name is derived from famous After 8 mint chocolates and as the name suggests, it’s a mint and chocolate brownie. Not to be missed if you are a chocolate and mint lover.
The Peruvian cuisine brings its own taste and flavors. The new menu has more hits and few misses but overall, we were gratified with the dishes, a warm response of the management and the chef.
I was invited by the FBAI and Lima to be part of the bloggers’ table on their new menu launch.