Fitzrovia’s Salt Yard was one of the pioneers of the Spanish food scene in London back in 2005 – and what a standard they set! With awards under it’s belt, it now has three sister venues: Dehesa, Opera Tavern and most recently Ember Yard. Salt Yard was my 3rd visit to the group following cracking dinners in Dehesa and Ember Yard.
On Thursday last week Salt Yard was as packed. We’d booked three weeks in advance and were seated in the basement – not the best seat in the house but we were serviced brilliantly by very passionate staff.
To drink, the restaurant manager suggested the Montepulciano d’abruzzo, which was shockingly only £30 for how delicious it was – big appreciation of the humble recommendation.
We chose three starter plates between us: classic Padrons, quails eggs with smoked paprika & toasted breads, followed by three main plates each.
For me the Seabass was the highlight of the main course – delicate but meaty fish with salty samphire & sweet carrots.
The dish of the night for my diner friend was easily the Slow Cooked Pork Cheeks on Celeriac Purée, I quote: ”Phenomenally good – the sweet prunes with the rich meat were sublime,”. After choosing three meat dishes which were all very rich and heavy, he did regret the lack of veg… (he ordered badly…). Tip: for the Salt Yard package – go for one meat, one fish and one veg plate for the best of Italy’s land & sea.
And our final dish in this cosy abode was an extremely indulgent Chocolate Ganacha perfectly paired with a light, sweet hazelnut mouse which I JUST managed to squeeze in before rolling onto the street and into a taxi.