For those that haven’t heard of it, Salt Yard is a spot of posh tapas on Goodge Street in Fitzrovia.
My gripe was a certain staff member. Every time a song was beginning to end, he jogged over to the bar, faded out the song and started a new one. I later caught him…not dancing, but almost practicing the hula-hoop. But without a hula-hoop!
Now, I’m not saying I want straight-laced service from staff with no personality. Last night, we ate at Byron, where the staff were dancing around and high-fiving each other. We chatted with the waitress and had a laugh. More importantly, she recognized that she could have fun but knew her job.
But when our waitress at Salt Yard was busy and he was at the bar, tapping away, I was waiting to pay and he was overheard saying that he had nothing to do. Not cool. Not cool at all.
Rant over, let’s get down to the important stuff: the food! We practically ordered the entire vegetarian menu and to be honest it didn’t disappoint. However, I’m sorry to say that it didn’t excite either.
The highlight was the Courgette Flowers stuffed with Goat’s Cheese and drizzled with Honey. They were recommended by peer reviews on foursquare. So that was chosen and was nice. Not exciting but not too bad.
The nature of tapas meant that I was still hungry and so went for the pudding menu. A hot chocolate Ganacha with Turron Ice Cream and the suggested wine; Pedro Ximenez.
I cannot for the life of me understand me why you would match that beautiful, taste bud tingling, affagato-esque desert with the most over powering sweet wine. The wine resembled golden syrup in look, taste and smell. So much so that my dining partner came very close to sending it back. However, the desert was a delight. The hot chocolate Ganacha mixed with cold, homemade ice cream tingling my taste buds in a splendid little way.
Dinner definitely wasn’t a highlight. But at least I finally put our excuse for a Christmas tree up today!