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Martin Morales

Ember Yard, the wood-and-fire site in London’s Soho, is to welcome Peruvian chef Martin Morales for one night only, following previous pop-ups from Stephen Terry, Maria Elia, and Vivek Singh.

The ceviche specialist’s menu on Monday 23 November will serve tapas-sized dishes inspired by Peruvian cuisine, and has been designed to complement Ember Yard’s usual Spanish-Italian inspired, meat cooked over charcoal technique.

Morales, a past The Caterer magazine cover star, is best known for founding three restaurants across London, including Andina, Ceviche Old Street, and Ceviche Soho, plus writing the cookbook Ceviche: Peruvian Kitchen. He also operates a YouTube channel, Ceviche TV, which features Peruvian-inspired short films and weekly recipe tutorials; as well as the Peruvian music label, Tiger’s Milk Records.

His Monday night meal will include an avocado sour aperitif, followed by dishes including hand-dived scallops tiradito, hibiscus tiger’s milk, chia seeds gel, charcoal salt, pickled green plums, and crispy seaweed; braised lamb, with dark beer, coriander, altitude Peruvian potatoes, peanuts, amarillo chilli, and Brussels sprout flowers; and marinated grey mullet skewer, uchucuta herbs chimichurri, pickled red onions, cassava cream.

Desserts will include caramelised black figs, with chancaca syrup, queso fresco mousse and caramelised pecans; and lucuma cream with black cherry jam, quinoa coffee crumble, pisco-infused cherries, chocolate, and mint.

The fourth restaurant from the Salt Yard Group, Ember Yard is spread over two floors on London’s 60 Berwick Street, and has an open plan kitchen on the first floor plus a cosy bar on the lower ground. There is also a private dining room.

Its typical menu, from head chef Jacques Fourie and chef director Ben Tish, champions plates such as roasted and chargrilled Ibérico pork ribs with quince glaze; Josper roasted baby chicken with charred aubergine purée; and steamed and chargrilled octopus with pepperonata and mojo verde aioli.