Modern Mexican is the latest international food trend, and one of fall’s most anticipated openings is Ella Canta at the InterContinental London Park Lane hotel. Renowned Mexico City chef Martha Ortiz, known for her bold flavors and colorful style (it runs in the family; her mother, Martha Chapa, is an artist and cookbook author), plans refined dishes like duck with a rich 27-ingredient black mole sauce, and the masa tortillas will be made from corn imported from Mexico. The interiors, by David Collins Studio, reference Mexican modernists; a 150-foot-long, floor-to-ceiling installation of hand-carved walnut was inspired by the work of mid-century furniture designer Eugenio Escudero.
Other design touches, including hand-painted amate-bark wall coverings and a mosaic travertine floor, evoke the landscapes of Oaxaca. Opens September 15. ellacanta.com