Salt Yard | Intimate & Contemporary Tapas in The Heart of Fitzrovia
It’s home to some, ahem, seasoned chefs.
Because being the original flagship restaurant from the group that went on to open Dehesa, Opera Tavern and Ember Yard, this small but intimate spot tucked into the warren of Fitzrovia has benefitted from their considerable experience, and has become a deserved mainstay in the London restaurant scene.
Salt Yard isn’t your standard, gimmicky faux-taberna – no candles stuffed in wine bottles, no strings of chillis dangling above you like a spicy sword of Damocles – just sleek, simple interiors over two floors, with the occasional exposed brick feature wall and closely-packed tables with leather banquettes and bentwood chairs. Upstairs is the bustling bar space with counter seating, where punters can drop in for a glass of vino and a handful of smoked almonds, while downstairs is the slower-paced dining room, serving dishes that draw on both Spanish and Italian flavours.
And, as one of the pioneers of small plate dining, Salt Yard’s menu appropriately caters for all appetites, from bar snacks to entire set menus designed for eight. In between, you’ll find charcuterie and cheese boards showcasing both authentic imported produce and house-cured meats (like the chilli and marjoram salami), as well as larger sharing plates, which include shaved lardo with leek ash and gremolata, crispy salt cod with shaved fennel salad, and fried courgette flowers stuffed with goat’s cheese and drizzled in slicks of honey.
Puddings are equally decadent, with blood orange posset with pistachio mousse, dulce de leche with honeycomb and salted chocolate, and of course the obligatory churros all making an appearance – all of which is very nicely accompanied by a throng of whistle-wetting wines and sherries.
Which you’ll be needing after all that seasoned cooking.
NOTE: Salt Yard is open daily. Booking is highly recommended and can be done on their website HERE.
Salt Yard | 54 Goodge Street, W1T 4NA
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