If you’re in the mood for tapas, Ember Yard offers that and more in its warm and welcoming Soho space. Both floors are decorated with a mix of stone shades and wooden furniture, tan leather upholstery and modern art. While the decor itself is attention-grabbing, it’s the menu at Ember Yard that takes centre stage. It’s a celebration of fresh seasonal British produce and the tastes of Spain and Italy – and the proclivity to grill therein. In fact, they were so committed to the idea of cooking over charcoal and wood that they commissioned a special Basque-style grill to use.
That’s why dishes like grilled Hereford rib eye with bone marrow butter and chargrilled Iberico pork ribs with quince glaze, rhubarb purée and micro cress salad won’t come as a surprise when you dine here. There’s everything from grilled octopus with broad beans, preserved lemon, pea and mint purée to aged rosy perfection in the charcuterie selection. We’re talking Tuscan wild boar and Lomo Doblado (acorn-fed Ibérico pork loin) from Extremadura. Add to that a glass of sherry or rioja and you’re sure to feel transported to the continent. And desperate to come back again to try even more.
But if you’ve managed to save some room, the dessert menu at Ember Yard continues the parade of masterful dishes and flavour combinations. Case in point: the pineapple carpaccio with olive oil sorbet. But there’s all sorts that’ll tempt, including a great selection of Spanish and Italian cheeses as well.