Ember Yard in Soho underwent a big refurb in the latter part of 2019, but it’s since reopened with shiny new decor, a basement bar and sizzling new head chef, Christian Parisi, at the helm. Part of the Salt Yard Group (Opera Tavern, Salt Yard etc), the restaurant originally opened in 2013,-turning heads with its Spanish-Italian tapas style dishes, many of which are smoked or charred over a wood-fired grill. Also special is its ability to feel simultaneously like a buzzy Soho bar and a quality, destination restaurant.
Do opt for a set menu, the team here are knowledgeable and keen to show off their wares. And do insist, if you can, that the marinated chicken thighs are included: the tender slices of meat arrive on a plate-like disc of celeriac, itself doused in a jus of truffle and date mascarpone. As for vino, put your trust in the knowledgeable sommeliers. Our Micina Nerello Mascalese, a red from the Terre Siciliane region of Sicily was light yet full-bodied and gorgeously fragrant.
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60 Berwick Street, Soho, London W1F 8SU