Nice to see the Salt Yard Group expanding, Emily and I visited Ember Yard on a Tuesday night, snagging a last minute booking, we were seated at the bar close to the kitchen.
Perusing the cocktail menu (£10 a pop), they all appealed but I opted for the Il Profumo di Maria as recommended by our particularly friendly waitress. It looked beautiful and whilst a little sweeter than I'd expected, it tasted the part too. Vodka with elderflower, violets, prosecco and cherry smoke, it's served in a lidded glass, the smoke escaping as you take a first sip, it's gimmicky but I totally fell for it. Tasted like parma violets.
It's a tapas style menu, 2-3 small plates per person are recommended, the focus of the menu are dishes cooked in the charcoal oven, and as the name suggests, smoke is a running theme. Here's what we ate:-
Crispy chiperones with capers and sage (£3.25) a real bargain.
Smoked chorizo skewers with saffron aioli (£2.50 each) this was amazing.
Whipped lardo crostini with guindilla (4 of these for £4), very crispy.
Octopus with pepperonata and mojo verde aioli (£8.25). This was expensive for
the portion size, good octopus but my least favourite dish on the night.
Courgette flowers with goats cheese and honey (£7.95).
Best I've ever had, excellent cheese and a good amount of it.
Quince glazed Iberico pork ribs with celeriac puree (£6.50).
The other most memorable dish. Meat falling off the bone with
a sweet and smoky glaze. Loved them.
Salt Marsh lamb with roasted aubergine and salsa verde (£8.25).
Nice, but no match for the pork rib.
Valrhona chocolate ganacha with salted caramel cream (£6.25).
Cleverly recommended with a glass of pedro ximenex at £6.50 a glass
which I challenge anyone to resist. This was a wonderful end to the meal.
I hugely enjoyed the evening at Ember Yard, stand out dishes were mostly meaty, but dessert is the thing that has stuck with me. I rarely rave about sweet dishes but this was really special. Emily's pairing of brown butter panna cotta with a glass of frangelico looked equally impressive.
It wasn't a cheap meal, but the cooking was worth the spend, the atmosphere of the place was warm and inviting (save a couple of smashed crockery moments) and it's much bigger than I expected with a large bar downstairs. Having Ember Yard on Berwick, makes Soho even more exciting. I shall miss it.
60 Berwick St