First Look at Lima Nation Peruvian Kitchen

After two years, a new restaurant has finally opened in the former Lola’s Bistro space at 2146 N. Collective Lane. Lima Nation Peruvian Kitchen is now open and currently accepting customers by reservations which can be done via their website.

I dropped by with a multitude of other food bloggers to check out what the new restaurant has in store for the city.

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2146 N Collective Ln, Ste.102 Wichita, Ks 67206
316-719-6866

Tuesday – Thursday: 11am – 2:30pm; 5pm – 9:30pm
Friday – Saturday: 11am – 2:30pm; 5pm – 10pm
Sunday: 11am – 6pm
Closed on Monday

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Cash/Card Accepted
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Not much has changed on the inside of Lima Nation. The seating arrangement was similar, if not the same, as Lola’s Bistro.

When we arrived, our table was given a complimentary little scallop starter topped with butter and lime. We weren’t sure if this was at all times, but for what it’s worth, this was outstanding. Everyone at the table raved about this little palate pleaser. The scallops melted in my mouth, which was difficult to do given the cold temperatures outside.

Everyone at our table ordered a different entrée. At the recommendation of one of the servers there, I went with the tiradito cremoso which was slices of fish and octopus, in Parmesan cheese leche de tigre. With accents of garlic chips, roasted avocado, roasted pepper, sweet potato, and a drizzle of infused basil oil.

Texture wise, it reminded me of carpaccio. This was a dish I loved. The fish and octopus were tasty, and the sauce drizzled over the top packed a lot of fresh flavor. The garlic chips added a nice crunchy texture to the meal. Literally, every part of this meal, I thoroughly enjoyed.

Just to give different dishes a try at Lima Nation, I also split the Chaufa Aeropuerto which was roasted crispy pork belly combined with a wok stir-fried rice, crowned with a delicate shrimp omelet, scallions, and a drizzle of sweet chili sauce.

This was a dish that I was a bit more underwhelmed by. There wasn’t much in the way of roasted, crispy pork belly in the bowl. The lack of sweet chili sauce drizzled on top, gave it a dry, basic fried rice dish. This was a dish I probably could have done without.

Here are some of the other dishes ordered at my table. I didn’t get the names of everything because I was too busy eating to take notes.

Fettuccine Huancaina & Short Ribs

Pulpo al Olivo
Tallarin Taypa
Tuna Tartare Wonton
Tiraditos Lima

Everyone at the table tried a bit of each dish, and I must admit, outside the rice dish I ordered, everything was exceptional. The short ribs that came with the fettuccine were insanely tender. On the pulpo al olivo dish, there was an olive-based sauce that hit you with a ton of olive flavors that I couldn’t get enough of.

And because it was somebody’s birthday, we made sure to order some dessert. Here’s the suspiro limeno cheesecake.

The service was fairly attentive, and they answered any questions we had. I think for the most part, my group enjoyed their meals.

A big sticking point for Lima Nation were the prices. I hate commenting on prices, but I know there will be many reactions when people see the menu. This isn’t going to be a cheap place to eat and the quality of the food and presentation shows it shouldn’t be that way. The average cost of an entrée was $30.50 not including the dessert option. I’m a big advocate that delicious meals can be priced whatever, and I’m good for it, but that’s me. I’ll pay the price, since eating is kind of what I do. But the average diner in Wichita I think will be fearful of a place where the lower price on the menu is $18. We are in a very price-conscientious city where people hate paying anything over $2 for a taco.

As I said earlier, I’m a fan of the food, but it’s also not a place I can frequent a lot just due to the price. The portion size was great, and I didn’t walk about feeling so bloated. Whether Wichita is open to trying Peruvian food is one thing (yes, I’m aware we already have one Peruvian restaurant in Wichita), whether they want to pay roughly $20-30 to try something new is another thing. Somebody said it best at the table, “This is like one of the restaurants you see in another city where you try it and ask why Wichita doesn’t have something like this.”

Well, it’s here. Will you be open to trying it?

Here’s the menu.

Happy Dining,
Eddy


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