Martin Morales to launch Andina restaurant in December

25 September 2013 by
Martin Morales to launch Andina restaurant in December

Restaurateur Martin Morales, the founder of Ceviche in Soho, is to open a new restaurant called Andina in Shoreditch in December.

The new 88-cover site, at 1 Redchurch Street, will serve cuisine from the Peruvian Andes in an all-day format.

Andina will be modelled on a Peruvian ‘picanteria', a family-run, community restaurant found in the Andes and particularly in the city of Arequipa, the heartland of Peruvian food.

Morales's new restaurant will see Peruvian ingredients paired with local and seasonal British produce.

The menu, created by Morales and head chef Tomasz Baranski will include breakfast items such as: Tunki café con leche de quinoa (Peruvian coffee with quinoa milk) or emoliente de maca (Peruvian energy drink, served hot), and dishes such as kiwicha con manzana y membrillo (Andean highland breakfast grain, apple & quince).

The lunch menu will feature: a naked quinoa slider (quinoa, coriander, papaya, mint, kiwi yogurt, huacatay sauce, no bread), empanada de alpaca (lean alpaca meat pastie), ceviche DJ (lobster, seabass, avocado and gooseberry with pour-your-own tiger's milk) and ensalada quechua con sacha inchi (Andean bean & greens salad with Sacha Inchi nut oil).

Dinner dishes include: carpaccio de res con pisco y huacatay (beef carpaccio with pisco & Andean herbs), cod cheeks and hake tiradito (cod cheeks in tiger's milk with hake, mandarin & red grapefruit), and cooked in traditional Peruvian casserole pots will be Adobo de Chancho (Andean pork stew).

The décor at Andina is a collaborative project by Martin Morales, Schneider Designers and Here Design, and is inspired by a traditional Andean house.

Martin Morales, creator of Andina said: "Andina is the result of a very personal journey for me. Some of my fondest memories are from my time spent eating at picanterias in Arequipa when I was a kid living in Peru. Andina ladies prepared dishes from dawn in order to deliver delicious meals later in the day. The variety of ingredients used, the honesty of their cooking, deep flavours and freshness really stood out for me. The Andina ladies were, and still are, my heroes.

"Picanterias epitomise the real soul food of Peru. Andina will pay homage to the world of the Andes, rich in history through the Incas and Machu Picchu and the many culinary traditions, some of which have never been presented in London before and are still undiscovered. We're looking forward to sharing our dishes with one of London's most exciting neighbourhoods.

"I used to live and work in Shoreditch and so wanted to create a special restaurant there; one which serves exciting food with tradition and nutrition, that presents something new without following trends, just following what we believe in."

Andina will offer 30 covers in the ground floor kitchen dining area, 40 covers in the main room downstairs, and 18 in the Games Room (available for private dining).

Drinks starting prices:
Coffee & tea (bottomless): £2
Fresh juices: £3
Cocktails: £7

Food starting prices:
Small dishes: £3.50
Ceviches & tiraditos: £7
Large dishes: £8

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