While on our way to see friends we inch away from the planned route to stop off at Salt Yard – a modern tapas bar and restaurant in central London serving food inspired by a broad range of Spanish and Italian flavours.
Rock and I study the menu at length to weigh up which small plates we want. We choose Smoked Eel Croquetas with an ounce of Horseradish and Beetroot Purée; Parmesan Gnocchi with a league of Grilled Baby Vegetables, Sautéed Morels and Nettle Pesto; Roast Breast of Creedy Carver Duck, Crispy Leg, with Sweetcorn Polenta, Pistachio Purée; and a Tortilla.
I am not a big fan of eel but the croquetas deserve a big hand, Rock loves them. The gnocchi and grilled vegetables are also really good. I love the duck but Rock finds the breast has a degree too much fat for her liking. The thick, freshly cooked tortilla is a little bland – maybe we should have chosen something more adventurous. A volume of Nastro Azzurro helps us wash down the otherwise vibrant mix of flavours.
We have a little capacity for dessert and decide to share the Bitter Chocolate Truffle with a well measured ratio of accompanying Pistachio Ice Cream, Caramel Banana and Vanilla Cream. It is glorious – rich chocolate, sweet banana complemented by beautiful ice cream.
There have been real highs and minor lows, but on balance it’s not hard to fathom why this place is so popular.