Harden's survey result
Up-and-down reports on this “lovely” Soho haunt, specialising in wood-fired, Mediterranean, grilled dishes – part of Salt Yard Group (all of which was absorbed into the Urban Pubs portfolio in November 2018). Fans applaud the “delicious tapas from this ever-reliable family” but quite a few reports express disappointment: “maybe there’s a sense it isn’t quite what it was”.
“Delicious tapas from the Salt Yard crew” – as the name suggests, this smart Soho outfit has a “focus on open-fire cooking”, and ratings bounced back this year, with praise for small plates that are “often special and surprising”.
“Very accomplished” small plates, cooked over charcoal (hence the name), have carved a reputation for this stylish Soho sibling to Salt Yard. But, as with a number of Salt Yard properties this year, marks are down this year, especially for food, amid the odd report of a “shameful decline from early acclaim”.
Stylish Soho sibling to Salt Yard that “seems to have moved up a notch” in recent times. Service is “really friendly and efficient” and “there’s lots of interesting dishes on the menu”, when it comes to the “smoky, delicate, BBQ-style small plates” from the char grill.
|Wine per bottle||£23.00|
Handy for Oxford Street, the latest outpost of the Salt Yard empire; it's a useful enough place, very much in the style of its predecessors, but we couldn't see it rising to any sort of 'destination' status.
When you've had a string of successful, and in their day somewhat innovative, restaurants - Salt Yard, Dehesa, Opera Tavern - it must be difficult to keep the initiative flowing. The business case to open A N Other outlet probably seems compelling. Perhaps the bank will even lend you the money for one! But how do you keep those creative juices flowing?
That's the issue we weren't quite sure had really been successfully addressed when we sought out the latest addition to the Salt Yard group. Situated at the less fashionable end of a once-dull Soho street (toward the Oxford Street end), it struck us as an amalgam of everything the one-time small-plate pioneers had done before, but without bringing anything particularly new or distinctive to the mix - in short, a reviewer's worst nightmare!
Let's just say, then, that the charcuterie, cheese and small plates menu was as anyone who's been to Salt Yard would probably expect, that the surroundings (a bit cramped) were likewise, and that the service was very friendly, and trying very hard.
A really useful stand-by, then, for shoppers at this (cheaper) end of Oxford Street. But any real, positive reason actively to seek the place out? No, you've got us stumped.
60 Berwick Street, London, W1F 8SU
Mon - Fri noon - 11 pm; Sat 11 am - midnight; Sun 11 am - 10 pm
Last orders: 11 pm, Sat midnight, Sun 10 pm