So, Ember Yard was never even on my radar. I will be honest and say that I had never heard of it before. You may sigh in disgust, but contrary to popular belief, us bloggers don’t know everything. We tend to go by what is in the vicinity of where we are at the time and also the recommendations from our friends. This was one of those Saturdays when we were out and about and needed somewhere to eat. My friend suggested Ember Yard in Soho. Of course I jumped on google to see what the ku was, but it was always my intention to say a big yes as this particular friend knows good food.
We trekked from Covent Garden to Soho. En route we booked online to ensure a table. Luckily we were any early sitting, so we got a table. I was really intrigued, I am a sucker for the new. Even google could not prepare me for this experience.
So, to break it down, its kind of like an Italian and Spanish tapas experience. Its totes about sharing and they have a great jamon and queso selection (sorry I don’t know the Italian equivalent). Anyway, its bordering on formal. It is obviously filled with a grown up and more discerning diner. The price reflects that with it being more than average. Put it this way, a packet of pimento padron can be purchased for a couple of quid a Brindisa at London Bridge. Here, you pay £5.50 for half a packet. What I will say is that because they were in season you did get the odd spicy one which is always a good thing, so they are forgiven.
So the pimento padron was part of the experience and we also opted for chargrilled Iberico pork ribs with quince glaze, summer squash and sage. There was also some chargrilled Beef flat iron with spiced aubergine, borlotti beans and smoked yoghurt. Of course, I love me some mushrooms, so there was wood roasted portobello mushrooms with chilli, garlic and manchego cheese. Lush. The meat was cooked perfectly, tender and bordering on pink the way I like it. You cannot have tough well done meat, its a big no!
Ember Yard has a fantastic menu. It is advised to order carefully as each dish can compliment each other perfectly, or just be a mish mash of nonsense. Listen to the service team and their suggestions. For us, we knew what we wanted. Pranvera had been here before and I see myself as a budding wee Italian/Spanish foodie connoisseur having frequented such establishments locally and in their natural habitat.
If you are around Soho for the theatre or some other special occasion, I highly recommend a visit to Ember Yard. Obvs if you got the dollars to be spending for adhoc visits, then again, do it! I thoroughly enjoyed it and was pleasantly surprised by this new spot. Thank you Miss PranDiva.
60 Berwick Street
T. 020 7439 8057