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This spring, Martha will be opening Ella Canta at the InterContinental London Park Lane. The name is Spanish for ‘she sings’, symbolising Martha’s passion and pride for cooking but also the fact that she champions Mexican cuisine and wants the whole world to know about it. London is certainly the place to start.

With eight cook books to her name and a restaurant in Mexico City, Martha Ortiz is one of Latin America’s most exciting chefs and now she is coming to London.

Featuring some of the dishes found in Dulce Patria (her Mexico City restaurant), the menu mixes traditional and contemporary cooking techniques. It’s going to include the likes of white fish ceviche topped with creamy hibiscus flower, piquin chile, cinnamon and pickled vegetables; and beef tartare with maiz gordita and Papaloquelite oil. This will be followed by salads and main courses including seafood and lobster pozole, and cacahuacintle maiz with traditional garnishes.

When it comes to complex sauces you don’t get much more complexed than mole – a cacao-tinged sauce, not only does it have between 20 to 30 ingredients but it takes at least a day to prepare. In honour of its deep history which is said to go back to the 16th Century, Martha will be serving a tasting menu of seven moles. To accompany will be carefully-sourced rare mezcal and tequilas.

The restaurant itself will be brought to life by David Collins Studio, the internationally-acclaimed interior architects (Bob Bob Ricard, The Delaunay, The Gilbert Scott) and overseen by Creative Director Simon Rawlings.

It’s going to be unlike any other Mexican restaurant in London at the moment and we can’t wait.

Ella Canta: Opens Spring 2017, One Hamilton Place Park Lane, W1J 7QY, www.ellacanta.com