This week I would like to tell you about the festive winter tasting menu you should try at EMBER London.
I visited Ember London just before I left for my honeymoon. It is a new hidden bar, dining and late night destination.
Location and name:
Ember London is located in Monument on Pudding Lane where the Great Fire of London started in 1666. The venue’s name references this event and 2016, the year Ember opened, marks the 350th anniversary of the fire.
At first glance, Ember London looks like many of the small-bites eateries however if you go inside you’ll discover that it offers five unique spaces. The Main Bar is designed for dining and is complete with a DJ booth for after-hours partying in the lead up to the weekend. The Cellar Bar offers a more relaxed experience for small-group gatherings along with its own private room The Vault, which provides guests with a secluded self- service bar, for those that do not want to be disturbed. The main bar includes two further private rooms, each with their own independent identity and unique design features. The Snug is tucked away in the furthest, quietest corner of Ember and has a mysterious feel with dark mirrors covering the walls and ceiling The Retreat is a relaxing and personal space that works well for wine, whisky and sake tastings.
Ember London serves an innovative collection of Asian-influenced contemporary dishes created by Executive Chef Jonathan Villar. Ember London currently have 2 festive menus-3 courses for £30 or 6 courses menu for £60. I decided to try their 6 course festive menu.
The first dish I had was Amuse bouche-a single, bite-sized hors d’œuvre.
For second dish I had Inari pocket tempura.
For third course I chose to have a Thai rice taco with some minced prawns, tamarind, chilli, crushed peanuts, kaffir lime & coriander, sweet chilli aioli.
Next I decided to have some Duke of Berkshire pork adobo taro rosti with crispy shallots Shiraz.
All 4 small plates dishes were delicious and presented beautifully. I could even describe them as rather Instagram-friendly.
For my dessert I had some mouth-watering orange blossom panna cotta.
The meal ended with a selection of petit fours.
Ember London has a great cocktail menu so I also ordered a Matcha 3 cocktail which was a perfect combination of herbal and fruity flavours. It served one important purpose-it washed any residual heat from the spices in my mouth instantly.
Ember London is a pleasant venue that offers some great food at the reasonable prices. If you are looking for a new place to catch-up with friends or colleagues then it is a no-brainer choice for an easy meal and cocktails. I will definitely be returning there soon!
Open weekdays Monday to Wednesday 11.00 am to 12.00am and Thursday to Friday 11.00 to 02.00.
1a Pudding Lane
London EC3R 8AB
I hope you enjoyed reading this review!