It’s gotten glowing reviews.
And since it opened in 2014, it’s deserved every one, mainly thanks to the steady hand of the Salt Yard Group, whose Spanish & Italian-style tapas joints haven’t seemed to put a foot wrong yet. Ember itself is set in a two-floor Soho space, furnished with understated, wooden fittings, and oil paintings of wind-swept trees across the back wall. Which is all probably no coincidence given,
Like the other Salt Yard outfits, they serve Mediterranean-style tapas – but the ember-laden twist here is that they’ve installed a huge, custom-made, wood-burning grill upon which to scorch it all. They even go so far as to list the current, single-species wood they’re burning your food over on the day’s menu. The other things the menu lists? Well there’s,
Smoked chorizo skewers with saffron alioli. Haddock croquetas with samphire. Yes, that’s just the bar menu. The actual tapas involves the likes of char-lined ibérico presa )pork shoulder) with whipped jamon butter; steamed & chargrilled octopus with manteca potatoes and paprika aioli; blood orange cured sea bass with basil cress & bottarga; and wood-roasted portobello mushrooms with chilli, garlic & manchego – and they all come fresh off the grill with the smokey wisps to prove it. To offset it all, there’s
These lean more towards the Spanish side, with almost a dozen sparkling rosés, and at least as many sherries, and pudding wines to boot, all yours to choose from if you plan a visit. And if you do?
You should be pretty stoked.
NOTE: Ember Yard is open now. You can find out more and book a table right HERE.
Ember Yard | 60-61 Berwick Street, London W1F 88X
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