Sunday nights are rubbish. So I decided to liven ours up a bit with a trip to Ember Yard in Soho. It’s been on my hit list for a while and after reading a couple of fantastic reviews last week, I thought it was high time we tried it out for ourselves.
Based on Berwick Street, just five minutes walk from Tottenham Court Road, the restaurant itself is dark, candlelit and buzzing. The perfect atmosphere for a dinner for two or a dinner with friends. I had a glass of red, but Alex was seduced by the cocktail menu and went for a their take on a Manhattan, made with date infused bourbon and walnut bitters.
Needless to say, he was more that happy with his choice, ranking it as one of the top three Manhattan’s he’s ever had. The waitress also recommended we try the grilled flatbread, which was topped with honey, thyme and smoked butter.
It was probably the most delicious bread course we’ve ever eaten. Highly recommended. It was sweet and salty and the same time, and the bread was soft and warm.
The menu is made up of mostly sharing dishes, so we picked a couple each (with a bonus cheese dish).
First up, the grilled mahon (ewes milk cheese from Menorca), which was topped with honey and served with a baked plum. Pungent and delicious.
Next, some amazingly sweet parsnip fries. Topped with manchego, they were crispy and extremely moreish.
Then some meat! The smoked basque beef burgers drenched in chorizo ketchup. They were beautifully cooked and tasted divine. I could have eaten 10 of them…
Thankfully I didn’t, as there was still the gratin of root vegetables to come. This was warming and hearty, served with smoked ricotta (it shouldn’t be too healthy, right?).
And last but not least, the star of the show. Grilled Ibérico Presa with whipped Jamón butter. Melt in the mouth meat made even more delicious when paired with the rich butter.
Feeling pretty full (but not stuffed) we decided to peruse the dessert menu.
We decided to share the bitter chocolate ganacha. Served with salted caramel ice cream, it was tasty, but nowhere near as delicious as the food we had earlier. Top tip – if you’ve got room spare, order another tapas dish.
Despite this, we loved Ember Yard. The food was fantastic and the ambiance lovely. We’re already planning a return visit to sample more of the wine collection and the cheese board.