LONDON - SOHO - EMBER YARD
This review is from 2017.
At a recent visit in September 2021 the food was not as good as previous visits and in a couple of cases it was poor which was dissapointing.
Located in the ever busy Soho, Ember Yard serves up excellent Spanish / Italian tapas cooked over Basque charcoal grill (embers, get it?) from the people behind Salt Yard, Dehesa and Opera Tavern.
This is the latest in a mini-chain of London’s highly rated new-style Tapas bars. Setting this art deco restaurant and bar apart is the method used for cooking.
The Spanish and Italian plates are cooked over charcoal from the open kitchen. This not only adds a sense of authenticity, but also means that each dish has a uniquely smoky fingerprint.
Stuffed and Deep Fried Gordal Olives with Anchovy and Lemon
Smoked Chorizo Skewer with Saffron Alioli
Chargrilled Sardines with Honey Roasted Pumpkin and Slow Cooked Red Onion
Smoked Haddock Croquetas with Samphire and Roasted Garlic Aioli
Courgette Flower Stuffed with Monte Enebro Goat's Cheese and Drizzled with Honey
Grilled Octopus with Broad Beans, Preserved Lemon, Pea and Mint Purée
Grilled Chistorra with Peperonata, Chickpea Dressing and Parsley
Hot Smoked Gloucester Old Spot Pork Belly with Smoked Apple and Cider Glaze
Smoked and Grilled Hereford Ribeye with Smoked Butter and Thyme
Ibérico Pork Fat Chips with Chorizo Ketchup
Vanilla Cheesecake, with Oloroso Cherries, Pistachio and Gingerbread
Arborio Rice Panna Cotta with Strawberry Sorbet
Ember Yard 10 Spanish Cheese Selection
Torta de Barros (Ewes’ Milk, Extremadura)
Treviso Blue (Cows’ Milk, Cantabria)
Smoked Idiazabal (Ewes’ Milk, Basque Country)
Modern take on a Carajillo
It can get very busy in the evening but is ok for lunch. It's a noisy and lively room, or two rooms as there is also a large and pleasant basement with its own bar.
There is also a private room that can accommodate parties of up to 18 people
There is a very good Spanish and Italian wine list that is reasonably priced for London. We had 2 glasses of each below. Both excellent. Campo Flores (Verdejo/Sauvignon Blanc, Castilla-Leon) 2012 - £6 175mil
Pittacum (Mencia, Bierzo) 2008 - £10 175mil
EMBER YARD 60 Berwick St, Soho, London W1F 8SU 020 7439 8057 @EmberYard
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