Ember London, is a hidden bar, dining and late night destination, (not to be mistaken for Ember Yard and not a sister brand either as we had initially suspected) tucked away on one of London’s most famous location Pudding Lane in Monument. Pudding Lane was where the Great Fire of London started in 1666. The venue’s name references this event and 2016, the year Ember opened, marked the 350th anniversary of the fire.
We love a burger and had heard about their popular Grilled Waygu Beef & Foie Gras Burger served in an Avocado Bun with smoked Miso Relish Streaky Bacon, Sriracha Mayonnaise & melted Gruyere and were eager to check it out ASAP. In fact, having seen the menu online we were desperate to try quite a few items on this Asian-European fusion menu. The innovative offerings of Asian-influenced contemporary small plates and sharing bowls, focus on Vietnamese, Singaporean and Thai dishes that have been created by Executive Chef Jonathan Villar (formerly Head Chef of Peter Gordon’s Kopapa). As well as the said burger, other key signature dishes on the menu include crispy Char Sui Pork Doughnuts served with Hoisin-Black Treacle, and Steamed Slow-Roasted Berkshire Pork Belly & Bao Buns.
We ordered the burger of course (we totally get the hype it was delish) plus a selection of other small plates including the succulent, Kalamansi-cured braised octopus with gochugaru chilli, Thai shallots, mint, sweet basil, pawpaw a divine and well presented, Scottish lobster and crabmeat martini with avocado cream, cucumber, wasabi and gin sorbet, scummy Prawn and coconut ceviche with lemongrass, coriander, chilli and lime, tender ‘Weeping tiger’ beef fillet steak with papaya piccalilli and puffed jasmine rice. Plus, one of the best thai curries we’ve had Aromatic Thai green curry with sea bass fillet and tiger prawns, sweet basil and aubergine.
The food has been designed to be paired with items from their exciting and original cocktail list, as well as an extensive wine, sake and rare spirits to choose from all chosen by Wine and Sake Sommelier Jean-Louis Naveilhan (who was previously at Japanese Mayfair restaurant Sumosan). We also spotted a non alcoholic prosecco on the menu – not that we’d choose that over real bubbles unless we were detoxing, but it’s good to know. On this occasion, we washed our delicious food down with a lychee martini and a River Dragon: Toasted Coconut Buffalo Trace Bourbon Fino Sherry / Lemon Juice, Smoked Date & Honey Syrup / Egg White.
After our epic feast we were too full for dessert but have earmarked a few for when we go back, (which we will for the thai curry and the burger) including the signature Ember Mess combining Poached Nashi Pear, Lemongrass Meringue, Plum Wine Jelly, Ice Cream, Kalamansi Curd, Sesame Shard, Pistachio and Rosewater, Marshmallow and Honeycomb…Until next time Ember London!
Open weekdays Monday to Wednesday 11.00 am to 12.00am and Thursday to Friday 11.00 to 02.00. The place to be seen on Thursday and Friday nights for those looking for a more upbeat end of week house party vibe, with Thursday’s resident DJ Lily Rivers who has her own weekly radio station on House FM and on Friday’s DJ Becky Saif, who rocked the main stage at Amnesia and had a residency at Ibiza Rocks this summer.
Ember London, 1A Pudding Lane, London EC3R 8AB