From the moment you walk in, LIMA impresses. Service is impeccable – friendly, but not overbearing, staff immediately put you at ease – and the interior has been beautifully designed. It’s refined, but not over-the-top, with velvety art deco furniture in brilliant blue hues, a vibrant mural across the back wall and cosy hanging basket chairs. If anything, the mood lighting is a little too dim. There are candles on the tables, but a few more wouldn’t go amiss. It’s a quiet night on our visit, but that hardly detracts from the atmosphere, and we’re fans of the music, which flicks between loungey versions of chart hits and tracks with more of a Latin edge.
From the lengthy grape list, there isn’t much available by the glass, but a fair few varieties are priced at below Dhs50. Peruvian grape is, but there’s plenty to sample from the surrounding countries.
From the mixed beverage list there is, of course, the ubiquitous Peruvian speciality, and almost all of the other concoctions feature classic ingredients.
Everything about the experience is exceptional, but two beverages each and a couple of mouthfuls of bar bites brings our bill to more than Dhs400 (excluding service).
We had anticipated the evening to be on the expensive side, but even so we blanch at the price. If you’ve got plenty of cash to splash, it’s worth it. Otherwise, save a visit for a special occasion, or head down during the nightly happy hour which runs from 4pm to 8pm and offers 50 percent off selected beverages.
An excellent evening out, but be prepared to pay.
The bottom line A superb lounge, but be prepared for sky-high prices.