About Andina London
As a little boy living in Lima, the highlight of the month was receiving our ‘encomienda’ from my grandmother, Mamita Naty. Naty was an ‘Andina’: a strong lady from the Peruvian Andes. Lord Mayor of her village, a pioneer and the life and soul of any party.
The encomienda was a large basket full of native superfoods from her village in the Andes: quinoa, amaranth, purple maize, maca, chia… A note attached read ‘Con mucho cariño’ – ‘With loving care’. From its contents we made dishes for my friends to marvel at.
Years later, having lived and worked in Shoreditch, I knew I wanted to create something unique and personal there. I wanted to use the love of ingredients and knowledge I’d inherited from Mamita Naty. A kind of sanctuary, with exciting food and drinks. Quiet and comfortable in the daytime, buzzing at night.
Andina is the result. A modern ‘picanteria’: an all-day, pioneering restaurant serving healthy food and drinks from the Peruvian Andes.
Mamita Naty would be proud of what her encomiendas have inspired. Her spirit lives at Andina. And here too we do everything ‘con mucho cariño.
Martin Morales, Founder, Andina