Lima's avocado mousse

Lima’s avocado mousse is a decadent dessert you will return to

When we heard Lima was opening in Dubai, we got very excited indeed here at Time Out Towers. A Michelin-star holder in London, the Peruvian venue is the work of Virgilio Martinez, whose Central Restaurante in Lima itself is ranked the fourth best in the world.

In fact, so thrilled were we at the news that on a recent trip to the UK we ate at the original Lima in London’s Fitzrovia, just to get a glimpse of what was to come in Dubai. The lunch was a triumph of fresh tastes, top-quality ingredients and artistic flair. Everything we ate was flawless, and the dessert, this avocado mousse, was an unusual, and very on-trend, way to finish the meal. Happily, it is being served at Lima Dubai so we can all enjoy it.

Described on the menu as “75 percent chocolate. Rocoto pepper”, it is an example of keeping things simple to stunning effect.

The outer shell is made of a brittle, rich dark chocolate that houses a light and airy avocado mousse, which has a touch of sweetness but keeps enough of its savoury flavour. Sitting in the centre is a deliciously decadent chocolate mousse, heavier and more dense than its green counterpart. It also has a kick of heat from the South American rocoto pepper. It may look simplistic, but getting these textures and tastes so perfectly balanced is truly the work of a master chef.

It is a great way to end a meal and we promise that what you’ll eat on the way to dessert is pretty special, too.

Dhs50. Lima, City Walk, Al Safa Street (800 5462).

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