Time Out says
A longstanding Spanish/Italian spot in Fitzrovia.
First opened in 2005 – a lifetime in London restaurant terms – Salt Yard was for years a benchmark for mash-up Spanish/Italian tapas in the capital. Fifteen years later, that accolade is harder won.
Some of the cooking was excellent. There were padron peppers, blistered and blackened from the grill – the kind of sunny booze food that works all year round. Or cylindrical croquetas of jamon, leek and manchego, the Iberian peninsula’s most delectable foods in microcosm. At £5.50 each, the Salt Yard staple of stuffed and fried courgette flowers might be London’s priciest legume, but they’re well worth it: the textural thrill of ethereally crisp batter, offset with a molten mouthful of goat’s cheese and the floral high notes of blossom honey, is a classic for a reason.
But things quickly swerved from ‘Olé!’ to merely ‘OK’. A plump tortilla looked textbook but was overly loose and insipidly wet. The bird in a chicken saltimbocca was moist, but the prosciutto-style ham on top anaemic and flavourless, and an accompanying sweetcorn purée erred towards saccharine. A morcilla-stuffed head of baby squid tasted fine but the textural interplay was off, the meat a tad rubbery and the blood pudding scatologically soft. Thank god, then, for a closer of deconstructed lemon meringue pie, with sharp blackberry compote and cloud-like lemon cream on a crackingly short pastry disc, plus a wave of blowtorched meringue painted around the plate. It was sensational.
Service was oddly cold, and while the low-lit and bustling main bar remains one of the vibiest in London, the basement dining room was void-like when empty, and merely noisy when full. There’s still plenty to enjoy here, but in a city home to Iberian behemoths like Barrafina, Sabor and José, Salt Yard needs to rest on its laurels a little less.
54 Goodge Street
|Transport:||Tube: Goodge Street|
|Price:||Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £110.|
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Users say (13)
Average User Rating
4.1 / 5
- 5 star:6
- 4 star:3
- 3 star:3
- 2 star:1
- 1 star:0
I have no idea why this restaurant gets such consistently high reviews. At most it's mediocre, but genuinely I question how people are having such a wildly different experience than myself.
The restaurant itself is bland and cheaply decorated. The staff are not very welcoming or responsive. It's saving grace is it's one of the few places you can find zucchini flowers, which you HAVE to try as they're super yummy, especially when filled with cheese and drizzled with honey as you can see from the photo above. If it wasn't for that I'd probably give it 1 star...
Delicious tapas all with a modern twist. The chorizo is mind blowing – in fact, all of their signature dishes are winners.… The service & wine selection is excellent and the atmosphere is cool and buzzy. But beware, the cost can very quickly add up, so maybe don’t go there if you’re built like a rugby player and ravenous…. But definitely worth it for a special night out.
So delicious - maybe a little over priced, but definitely worth going to. Service is excellent and the cocktails are delicious
I am not a big tapas fan.. as I like to have my own food. However I really enjoyed this place as there was great choice... I have been a few times and would go again. Cocktails are yummy too.
Everything was great in the restaurant. Starting in the location, the ambient and all the tapas were a delight to the senses. The service was amazing. We were served by Danniela, and we felt at home seeing her smile and professionalism. I must return!!!
Not as good as I was hoping. It was quite a squashed table for a group of 8, even though the table next to us was empty. The food was okay (the meat eaters seemed to like it), but not as amazing as places like Morito in Exmouth Market or La Farola in Islington. The stairs were lit up blue - which was a bit night club like. The chickpea dip wasn't vegetarian - they kindly told us it had chicken stock in it. But did change the set menu to give us more veggie options when we got there which was nice.
Oh my - some of the best tapas I think I've ever had! Took my husband here for his birthday and it was a perfect evening. The waiter was really knowledgeable and made some good wine recommendations. The food was perfect, all done incredibly well and absolutely delicious - do not leaving without trying the lamb! I liked as well it had a unique take on traditional tapas. Slightly higher in price than some other places but well worth and makes a great romantic spot as well.
Excellent meal. Food was perfect and a good wine list. Buzzy atmosphere in the downstairs dining area - don't think I would have enjoyed meal so much upstairs, it seemed terribly noisy and crowded. Service was spot on. As previous poster we had the stuffed courgette flowers and they were delicious. Will definitely be back.
My favourite tapas restaurant in London! the courgette flowers stuffed with cheese and drizzled with honey are to die for! Great service (the waitress let us try three different reds which were open at the bar in order to find one we truly liked), not overly expensive and I really couldn't fault it in any way. Can't wait to return!
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