Seafood and lobster pozole - Ella Canta

Martha Ortiz Brings Modern Mexico to London

Ella Canta, the much-anticipated Mexican restaurant from renowned chef Martha Ortiz, is set to open on 8 September 2017. The restaurant promises to deliver the beauty, vibrancy and spirit of modern Mexico to London, whilst also being the perfect embodiment of Martha herself, who is a passionate champion of the culture and food of her homeland.

At Ella Canta, Martha will showcase her celebrated style, which blends long-established cooking traditions with contemporary techniques and artistry. Drawing inspiration from her world-renowned restaurant in Mexico City, Dulce Patria, the new London menu will feature several of the famed dishes that have made Martha one of Latin America’s most exciting chefs, whilst also incorporating the finest produce available from across the British Isles.

Starters such as Vampire ceviche with mango and sangrita sorbet; and Crispy pork and amaranth tamal with chiltomate sauce and pickled red onion, will be followed by main courses including Seafood and lobster pozole with cacahuazintle corn. The menu will also showcase mole, the rich, cacao-tinged sauce with a deep history that is said to date back to the 16th Century when each Mexican woman had her own family recipe. At Ella Canta the Pato al mole negro will carefully balance the intricate flavours of the mole sauce with Gressingham duck, plantain plume and corn-infused rice.

Martha’s philosophy and the spirit of modern Mexico will be brought to life in the design of the restaurant, overseen by internationally-acclaimed interior architects David Collins Studio and Creative Director Simon Rawlings. Subtle mid-century references from the great Mexican modernists will run throughout, paired with bold contemporary artwork. Strong shapes, soft colours, and clean lines will celebrate the architecture of Ricardo Legorreta, ceramics of Gustavo Perez and textures of Ernesto Alva, while a palette of blush pink, sun-bleached red, blue and tan will reflect the architecture and landscapes of Oaxaca.

Inspired by the work of Mexican furniture designer Eugenio Escudero, a hand-carved floor to ceiling walnut installation will run the full length of the restaurant, tying together the intimate dining spaces and leading right through to the bar. Ella Canta’s bar will be a destination in its own right, offering a carefully-sourced collection of rare mezcals and tequilas, and a concise list of signature cocktails entitled Mexico’s Gifts to the World, which will highlight the unique ingredients, stories and cultural references that are so important to Martha’s homeland.

Notes to editors:
Located on Park Lane, Ella Canta will have a separate entrance at one of London’s most prestigious addresses, positioned where Mayfair, Knightsbridge, Hyde Park, and Piccadilly all converge. The new restaurant and bar will join Theo Randall at the InterContinental London Park Lane, bringing two renowned chefs under one roof and creating one of London’s greatest culinary destinations.

Bookings now open at: www.ellacanta.com // 020 7318 8715

About Martha Ortiz:
Martha Ortiz is a chef and cookbook author who is celebrated for her creative, feminine cuisine, her historical research into Mexican food traditions, and the great imagination and fantasy present in her work. She is recognised for resurrecting Mexican culinary traditions and reinvigorating them with modern twists, with an emphasis on the sensual nature of the food of Latin America. Martha shows off her country’s gastronomy with depth of flavours that encapsulate Mexico’s spirit and sense of identity. She has penned eight cookbooks on regional cuisine and distinguished herself as a food writer and a leading chronicler of her country’s gastronomic history. Her restaurant in Mexico City, Dulce Patria, is consistently recognised as one of the top restaurants in Latin America. She is also a regular on broadcast throughout The Americas, including Top Chef México.


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