Ember Yard – London W1F

February 20, 2014 § Leave a comment

Little sister to Salt Yard, this Charcuterie Bar & Grill outshines all its siblings.

Last Wednesday was not my first visit to Ember Yard. I went in December after it had just opened, with a couple of giggling girls and a poor lad en-tow, who suffered through several hours of female-centric chatter as we worked our way through the super cocktail list. Luckily (for everyone), both the food and drink is so good, the evening could’t possibly have been ruined for him. Just one of the reasons why I had no reservations about going again.

We were hungry, so unusually for me, ordered the bread – but not just any bread – ‘Grilled Flatbread with Honey, Thyme and Smoked Butter‘ (£3.25); sweet and savoury and warm from the oven. The bar snacks of ‘Whipped Lardo Crostini with Guindilla‘ (£4) were creamy and crunchy with a punchy kick from the side of chopped green peppers (guindilla).
 
I absolutely loved the ‘Chargrilled Cuttlefish with Roast Pumpkin, N’duja and Wild Oregano’ (£7.5) and ‘Quince Glazed Ibérico Pork Ribs and Celeriac Purée’ (£7.25). Both brilliant for completely different reasons but both delicious, both deeply flavoursome and both demolished. Just the thought of the smokey squid and succulent BBQ ribs is making me quite hungry.
 
The ‘Grilled Salt Marsh Lamb, Smokey Aubergine, Salsa Verde’ (£6.5) was, to our surprise, served as a large chop, making it tricky to share and was unfortunately a little overshadowed by the pork ribs, but still a nice dish.  A light and tangy salad of ‘Roasted Beetroot with Blood Orange, Rainbow Kale and Hazelnut‘ (£5.25) was refreshingly different to the predominantly smokey flavours of the other dishes, and all the better for it. A side of ‘Parsnip-Buttermilk Chips with Manchego’  (£5.5) was smothered in honey – I literally couldn’t help but keep picking at them – a very good addition to the meal.
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The little expensive cheese board (‘Spanish Selection‘ £12) might have ended our evening on a slight low were it not for the half filled glasses of prosecco we had left to enjoy. I have never even considered ordering a bottle of prosecco to go with a meal but it was an inspired choice by Claire. And one I shall repeat. That said, you must try some of the specialist cocktails when you go as they are really quite something.

Ember Yard certainly isn’t one of the cheapest options if you are looking for a dinner of small plates and sharing dishes – but I dare say it is one of the best. The food is really rather good, the cocktail list is inventive and fun, and the staff are attentive, friendly and easy to chat to. I would definitely recommend heading there one evening, ordering a few cocktails and dipping into the menu which is brimming with an array of delights.

Dinner for two: £60
Drinks: Cocktails from £10, Glass of wine from £4.75
emberyard.co.uk

Nearby bars: B Soho – W1F, The Blind Pig – W1F
You might also like: Polpetto – W1F (just opened – there’s no website yet but you can find it at 11 Berwick St, Soho)

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