Peruvian-inspired restaurants are the rage in Miami and all through South Florida, but Chef Kyriacos Petrou wants you to know this: Lima at the Atton Brickell Miami in the city’s financial district is not your ordinary Peruvian eatery.
“We are Peruvian-infused,’’ said Petrou of his menu that blends Peruvian and Mediterranean flavors to create some outstanding dishes such as Saltado Cevichero (hot fish ceviche with aji Amarillo sauce) and my favorite, Lomo Saltado (stir fried beef, tomatoes, onions, seasoned with soy sauce served with white rice).
Lima is a bright, inviting restaurant with entrances from the hotel and the street. The UVA Lobby Bar just outside Lima’s hotel entrance is a lively spot for before and after dinner drinks.
Shortly after he was hired from the Shula Steakhouse in Miami, Petrou spent one month in Peru where he studied the techniques of well-known chefs, including Gaston Acurio, to better him better understand the cuisine.
“I got a lot of good ideas,’’ Petrou said.
And perhaps equally as important, an idea for what guests expect from Peruvian cooking.
“People come here with high expectations,’’ Petrou said. “They know how the food tastes and expect it to taste even better here.’’
In that regard, Petrou does not disappoint.
The Marinated Octopus (thinly sliced octopus, lime juice and extra virgin olive oil) is a great appetizer and you can’t wrong with any of the ceviche offerings.
For entrees, the aforementioned Lomo Saltado is a “must have,’’ as is the herb-seasoned Roasted Salmon with served with quinoa pilaf, asparagus and cilantro pesto. Another favorite? Stripe Tortellini with Cheese (stuffed tortellini pasta with six cheeses in pesto sauce).
Lima also has a terrific Sunday brunch menu that features a ceviche and raw oyster bar. Petrou recently changed to feature more salads and hot dishes.
“Most people who come for brunch are looking for lunch items and not breakfast items,’’ Petrou said. “So now we are giving them more of a selection.’’
And at Lima, you’ll always find something delicious to select.