Theatrical milestones such as ‘La Traviata’ acted as thinly disguised critiques of the establishment against which Verdi used to chafe, and he became a figurehead for the Italian unification (and eventually an MP in the new Italian state). The balance of music to character in ‘The Genius…’ is tipped in favour of the former, and there’s a sense of preaching to the converted here. But the excitable tenor Villazón works his socks off to engage the attention – you’ll seldom have heard ‘r’s rolled with such a flourrrrish.
This Rathbone Place restaurant from Virgilio Martinez and Robert Ortiz was part of the ‘Peruvian wave’ of restaurants to hit the capital in 2012. It proved a success, gaining a Michelin star in 2013 and spawning a sister site (Lima Floral) in Fitzrovia. Plus there's an offshoot in Dubai now, too. The small-plates menu showcases classic and modern Peruvian cuisine. Dishes range from wild sea bass tiraditos, king crab causa and black bream ceviche with avocado, sweet potato and aji limo to braised octopus, hot scallop ceviche and suckling pig with chicharron, sesame seeds, celeriac and elderberry. Weekend brunches and set menus are also available.
Venue says: “Experience our express lunch menu. A main, side and a glass of wine for only £19!”