Ember Yard

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Ember Yard
Venue says Looking for a late-night dinner spot or a quick and delicious post-theatre meal? Our kitchen is open until midnight Thursday-Saturday!

The latest in a mini-chain of four of London’s most enjoyable new-style tapas bars: every flavour combination a winner, and bar snacks are among Soho's best.

Salt Yard, Dehesa, Opera Tavern: three of London’s most enjoyable new-style tapas bars, and they’re all run by the same young company. Ember Yard is the fourth in this growing chain, and builds on the strengths of its forebears, using Italian as well as Spanish dishes and techniques as their inspiration.

What sets Ember Yard apart from its siblings is an even greater emphasis on the grill. If you’ve eaten in a charcoal grill restaurant in the Basque country – or even in a Turkish grill in Dalston – Ember Yard should feel oddly familiar, especially if you’re sitting near the glowing coals. There’s a mixture of bar stools, high counters, dining tables and banquettes on the ground floor; the basement has more of the same but with even more emphasis on the list of house cocktails, and a well-chosen selection of wines by the glass, or even bigger selection by the bottle.

The bar snacks are among the best in Soho. Smoked chorizo oozed flavour, and was served hot with a smooth saffron alioli. Chips are cooked in pork fat, and arrived perfectly crisp. Cheese and charcuterie platters are divided into Spanish or Italian.

Every tapas flavour combination was a winner. Tender octopus was coated in a peperonata sauce, served with a green squirt of the garlic and coriander mayonnaise called mojo verde alioli. Ibérico pork ribs were grilled to melting softness, the flavours of the quince glaze and smear of celeriac purée melding into the warm fat. If we have any caveats at all about the menu – and there aren’t many – it’s that sometimes there’s just a bit much happening on one plate. For example, a delicate carpaccio of sea bream was flavoured with the strong citrus hit of bergamot flesh, with coriander sprouts and gratings of bottarga – cured mullet roe. The citrus overpowered the other more subtle flavours.

We visited Ember Yard three times in a fortnight, and found the cooking consistently good to excellent, the service informal but informed. With any small plates menu of this type, the bill can add up quickly – it’s tempting, once you’ve discovered just how brilliant but small the dishes are, to order some more. Ember Yard’s that sort of place: somewhere you can’t quite get enough of, and are sorry to leave.

 

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Ember Yard says
Ember Yard is the fourth restaurant from Salt Yard Group and has been influenced by our travels around the regions of Spain and Italy – in particular the Basque Country and Tuscany.

We commissioned and custom built a bespoke, Basque-style grill and sourced some amazing single species sustainable charcoal and wood from Kent to cook with. We use only the finest seasonal produce, and introduce – as has become our style – our spin on flavours of Spain and Italy.

Our menu is completely inspired by the primal technique of cooking simply over wood and charcoal, and consists of artisan Spanish and Italian cheese and charcuterie, small tapas plates and several larger sharing plates, including our signature barbecue Gloucester Old Spot pork belly cooked over applewood and oak charcoal. We change our menu regularly with the seasons, and as we become inspired by new ingredients becoming available.

We are located at number 60 Berwick Street in the heart of Soho and only a short walk from Covent Garden (so perfect for a pre-theatre or post-theatre meal). We have a lovely two-storey restaurant and bar, with an open plan kitchen on the ground floor and a cool and cosy cocktail bar on the lower ground floor. We encourage you to come along before you dine to sample one of our specially created Ember-themed cocktails!

We also have a private dining room that can accommodate parties of up to 18 people – perfect for celebrations, business meetings or fun group get-togethers.
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Venue name: Ember Yard
Contact:
Address: 60-61 Berwick Street
London
W1F 8SU
Opening hours: Open noon-midnight Mon-Wed; noon-1am Thurs-Sat; noon-10pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus or Tottenham Court Road
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £75.
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SJB
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Staff WriterStaff Comp

I'm loving the rise of modern tapas restaurants in Soho. I have visited ember yard twice in 2 weeks and love it. I have dined upstairs at the high tables and downstairs at the bar. Great wine list, normally a Pinot noir fan, but opted for the Sangiovese which was lovely and we tried a number of their small dishes. I would recommend their signature dishes of Grilled Ibérico Presa with Whipped Jamón Butter and the courgette flowers with goats cheese and honey. A great option for a relaxed evening when you want a light meal and nothing too formal.

GP
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Staff Writertastemaker

Favorite place to eat in central London, amazing service, cocktails and the food is out of this world.

Though it's a little pricey (worth every penny) you can choose from the bar menu and bring the price down slightly.

Portions are small but rich so no need to over order. We found 7 dishes between 2 the perfect amount.

Lu
tastemaker

The food is unquestionably incredible, but my only qualm would be that It all feels a bit too polished, the atmosphere and decor of a cocktail bar. When eating Tapas you want the rustic intimacy that you can find in Jose or Brindisa - just somewhat a bit lacking here. It is pretty darn expensive, but the quality of the food is worth it. Go here if you want top knotch tapas - but don't like standing or crowds.. 

Jan D

Decent tapas and wines. Excellent service. A little on the pricey side, so next time only if i'm in the area. Lots of good tapas in central london and this will add to the quality.

RE.K

Can be a great experience if you chose smartly - loved the wine selection (slightly pricey though).

Tiago Almeida
Tastemaker

Timeout says this is a Spanish restaurant but I would say it’s a Spanish/Italian restaurant.

Great ambience, food quality and good wine list with the plates being presented beautifully.

If you are expecting typical Spanish tapas I think you will be slightly disappointed as it is a more modern and posh version of the famous tapas.

Carly M

I have been going to The Ember Yard for some years now , and all i can tell it has never lost the magic. The food is very good and the staff efficient and helpful. I One of the best place in London

Mei M
Tastemaker

Very convenient place in Soho for a quick and really good lunch. I love tapas, and Ember Yard has a modern take on them, with very interesting revised traditional recipes.


Cocktails are good as well, my favourite one is definitely the Anna Pavlova, on the sweet side (I love Vanilla)! Service is spot on and you won't be disappointed, quick & kind. 


An interesting option they have is the set menu, for about £40 you can enjoy a wide selection of their dishes, definitely going to try it next time!

Daniel L
Tastemaker

Had a meal to catch up with a visiting friend from overseas and we decided to pick this place. Food was good but slightly pricey for what you got. The culinary techniques on display were enough to pique our interest, but the execution on some dishes could have been slightly better. Service was really good and overall we had a good experience. This is a very popular place so recommendations are strongly advised.

Gavin K

I had a great meal at Ember Yard. Throughout the menu the focus is on the grill which adds a rich and smoky character to much of the food. The chargrilled Iberico presa was a particular highlight - the meat charred on the outside, committedly rare in the middle and just melted away when eaten. A smoked bream carpaccio also stood out, along with classics like salt cod croquettes and the Salt Yard Group staple of stuffed courgette flowers. The venue is nicely designed and feels relaxed and classy. Now I know that a pig's leg shaped beer tap exists, I can't understand why they are not more common.

fiona p

 I went to Ember Yard for dinner on Saturday and left feeling really underwhelmed. My experience was not all bad but on the whole I was quite disappointed. Firstly, we were supposed to be sat at the Chef's counter but were actually seated at one of the high tables upstairs, right by the door. Secondly, we ordered some cocktails, (which were fab by the way) but weren't offered another drink/some wine at any other point during our meal. In the end I only had one cocktail for the duration of my visit, which is most unlike me! The waitress was friendly but I felt that the whole thing was very rushed. I certainly did not have that relaxed feeling of luxury that you get when you go to a truly great restaurant. We ordered the salt cod croquettes and the courgette flower, both of which were absolutely fantastic. The chips and the burger were nice but nothing to write home about. The chicken thighs were absolutely disgusting. The whole dish tasted of fish and nothing else, which was most bizarre. The beef brisket was cooked perfectly and very tender, but was sat under some smoked mash which made the whole dish very dry. In my opinion, it needed some sauce if it was going to be swimming in that amount of potato. I would rate it 3 stars out of 5 as parts of the meal were exceptional and other parts were really quite poor. I expected a lot more from this restaurant and felt it was focused more on style over substance.

Paul C
Staff Writer

We went to Ember Yard about 3 weeks ago and it was a really nice experience. Modern style tapas is one of my favourite cuisines and the influx into central London as a result of the Salt Yard Group, Jose Pizarro etc. is very welcome in my opinion. I thoroughly enjoyed the signature dish - courgette and goats cheese flower - it doesn't look much like a flower but it's very tasty! 

Nadia T

This place is sublime, the cocktails here are absolutely incredible. Bit pricey and racked up quite a bill for how hungry i still was, but the quality and taste of the menu is to die for. Worth going to woo anyone on a date!

Sarah G
Tastemaker

Have now sAmpled 3/4 of the chain & Ember Yard is my absolute fave! We went in a group of 6 which meant we had pretty much every small plate, a couple of bar snacks & a large plate. Every mouthful was joyously full of flavour & texture. Wine & puddings also delicious. Meal came in at £56 a head so not cheap but definitely good value.

My only criticism is the large plate, whilst delicious was not discernibly large & felt a bit overpriced for the amount of food! I'd probably just choose more small plates next time rather than the large one.

But definitely on my list to revisit!

Laura H

Ember Yard is one of my favourite places to go - food is incredible and service is great. Downstairs is really cosy so great for date nights. They stop serving food around half three which is my only complaint

Jason James

Amazing meaty feasts abound. I've just booked my third return to this place, and am already salivating at the thought of all that smokey goodness. The group behind this place can do no wrong in my book! 

Elisa R
Tastemaker

I went to the Soho branch last week for my housemate’s birthday. As soon as I got close enough, I understood that the quality would be satisfying but that it wouldn’t be a place I’d choose myself, for my purse’s sake. I was completely right (which doesn’t happen as often as I’d like I’m afraid): super tasty, fantastic customer service, nice decor... But gosh, the prices! We were a party of seven crazy kids, all chose between two and three mini dishes each. I got the chorizo skewers (to die for!), cod croquettes (melting in the mouth) and the impressive, both by its price and taste, £10 presa, which is a really tender, flavoursome piece of beef. The wine is as expensive as everywhere else I suppose. Our waitress was a bit shy but extremely sweet and we had a lovely time overall but don’t expect to leave with a super full stomach nor to pay less than £35 per head for three small dishes and two glasses of wine.

Isabelly
Tastemaker

I love the cavernous feel to this restaurant - really puts you in the mood for eating some greats hunks of meat. I had been pre-advised to order the pork belly but to be honest this was a bit too fatty and lay in the shadows amidst the other smaller dishes - including the parnsip chips which were nothing like those horrendous Tyrrells vegetable crisps like I was expecting. We also tried some of the whimsical cocktails at the bar downstairs, served with a poof of dry ice - illustrating that even a restaurant aspiring to be alpha male can't resist the camp powers of Soho!

Jenny K

Ember Yard is conveniently located in the heart of Soho on Berwick Street, so plenty of watering holes to visit before or after. I've been to several tapas place, all offering their own unique dishes and here the pork ribs are to die for, the Quince Glaze and Celeriac Purée being the perfect combination of flavour and the pork fork dragged off the bone with ease. Also highly recommend the Burrata, Courgette Flower the Salt Cod Croquettes. Delicious! The decor is more high-end than cosy and would recommend a table upstairs rather than down as the atmosphere and ambience seemed nicer up there. Only reason I gave four stars is that it was so noisy downstairs sometimes it was hard to hear your own voice.

Samantha H
Tastemaker

Order the Grilled Ibérico Presa with Whipped Jamón Butter......we ordered 3 servings between 2 people and told every table around us to do the same!  One of the best things I have ever eaten!!!  Atmosphere was great and the staff were happy to help out with a few special treats as was a birthday dinner.  Fanstastic all round!  Will be back again, many times!

Cookie Monster
moderatorStaff WriterTastemaker

Had an amazing meal here; the food could not be faulted, simply delicious. We sat downstairs at one of the high benches, which was unusual, but perfectly adequate. Drinks and service excellent. Highly recommended.

jael m
Staff Writer

So tasty - just like it's sibling Saltyard - they are great at creating new tapas style small plates with great flavour combinations. Fantastic cocktails too (there's even a smoking one...) and a vast wine list. A cosy atmosphere and the central location also make this a great spot for a date.

Tamsin V
Staff Comp

An extensive wine list to suit all palates and budgets.

All meat was cooked to a tender perfection. Highly recommend the Ricotta Gnocchi, the Iberico pork ribs, and the Chorizo with Saffron Aioli.

Good selection of cheeses, and an original desert menu.

You'll need to order at least 5 dishes between 2.

Friendly and informative service.

We will be back!

TT

Ditto another reviewer below. Very stingy portions. Ordered more than 10 tapas for 2 people and still left hungry. Also like the reviewer, everything chargrilled (and I love chargrilled food) was quite dry like the juice of the food was such out of it. A couple of the dishes were quite good but spent a lot of money and left hungry having consumed lots of over-dry food.

Jessica

Amazing hospitality by the co manager Natasha and lots of help in choosing two great bottles of wine. Loved the atmosphere and the food was really tasty, perfect for groups of friends or a date in the heart of Soho.

Theahab

Service was good, but the food was not great. The portions were really stingy and not good value for money. Maybe they had an off day, but everything we had from the grill was practically charcoal, and long overcooked. The iberico jamon was also poor for the price. At this level i would expect a deep rich colour and taste, where this example was more like a standard serano jamon. Also they seemed to push a particular type of olive when you order olives. This turns out to be a portion of four olives stuffed with cheese. The cheese did not particularly enhance or match the flavour of the olives, and was not the snack with drinks we were expecting especially at almost a pound per olive. The markup on this is cheeky to say the least.. There are far better examples of this sort of food in the area. Unfortunately I wont be going back.

joe

Absolutely sensational food - all cooked over wood and coal. i loved the chicory with sweet sauce of pomegranate molasses i think and all the meats-chicken with leeks and fish -cod with braised white beans and the grilled cod. the tapas style menu blows others away like barrafina and polpo. service was good if a little messy and clumsy but that didn't matter really. Went on a thursday lunch and it was packed-downstairs was very noisy.

Tessa Stuart

I took some clients to Ember Yard to introduce them to superior tapas eating. They loved it, as did I. Brilliant charming service, delicious plates for my guests' tastes, and the puds are blooming gorgeous. Can't wait to settle in and try all the cocktails too and super-cosy welcoming spot on a dark winter afternoon or evening, or any time really. People, GO. Just not all at once, so I can still get in...

Andy

Having been in town on Monday we found the Ember Yard purely by chance whilst looking for somewhere for dinner. Despite not having a reservation we were found a table with no fuss and had a thoroughly enjoyable meal. The food was fantastic and the service was even better. Sadly we didn't have time to enjoy the downstairs cocktail bar but was very busy and lively. All very stylish and had a great feel. Highly recommended!

Jan Steel

Food delicious! Staff very friendly and helpful. A worthy new baby Opera Tavern which is a favourite restaurant for all our family. Very stylish setup too.