This was our second time at Ember Yard and since we really enjoyed our first meal, we were looking forward to going back. We had cocktails at Artesian (http://www.artesian-bar.co.uk/) at the Langham before and were excited to eat the sliders we had loved to much the previous time.
What we ate:
Smoked Chorizo Skewer with Saffron Alioli: we loved this the previous time and HAD TO have it again. The chorizo packs a punch of flavor with a nice kick and even though we are not alioli (aka aioli) fans, the saffron balances is out with some mellowness. We ordered one skewer and ended up ordering a second one.
Spiced Lamb Burger with piquillo, Aubergine and garrotxa cheese: I almost had tears in my eyes when I realized they took the beef and lardo sliders out of the menu and replaced with this one. The presentation was very fun with a big tall piquillo sticking out of the bun (a bit phallic no?) and the burger was juicy and tasty but not as great as the one before. I guess we need to go to Opera Tavern next as the waitress said they have the best one.
Brussel Sprout, celeriac and swiss chard Gratin with smoked ricotta and migas: this was a nice side dish. I am an absolute sucker for celeriac since my great meal at Terroir Parisien (www.samstewartetc.com/tag/terroir-parisien/) and couldn’t help ordering it. The migas have a nice crunch on top and the smoked ricotta added some depth and interesting flavours. It was nice but not a must like the chorizo.
Grilled Salt Marsh Lamb loin chop with parsnip puree and salsa verde: the lamb was so raw and fatty we had to send back and they apologized for it. We wanted to try new things but ended up going back to the presa which we had last time and liked it and none of the fish dishes appealed that much.
Grilled Ibérico Presa with Whipped Jamón Butter: we had this last time and enjoyed it. The iberico is a nice cut, has a great seared crust and is not overly fatty and works perfectly with the very porky jamon butter served with it.
Grilled Mahon with Honey and Baked Plum: the desserts didn’t sound amazing so we ordered the grilled mahon which was absolutely delicious and we got the sugar fix with the honey drizzled on it and the plum.
Bitter Chocolate, Hazelnut and Biscotti Truffles: the table next to us shared theirs with us as they were full and had opted for liquid dessert instead…..We had their last piece and then ordered the chocolate truffles without realizing that is also what they were having so we ended up with extra (but after all the drinks I forgot to take a picture..). This dessert is totally mistitled. When I read truffles I usually think round little chocolates and this was more like a chocolate salami cut into slices. It was ok but my mind was playing tricks on me as I kept thinking: “where are my truffle”…Also, chocolate salamis I have tried in Portugal and Brazil are better (at this point Stewart would add: Sam, wouldn’t you say everything in your mind is better in Brazil when it comes to food?).
In sum: we didn’t love it as much the second time. Probably because the perfect slider was gone from the menu. The service is good but the dishes almost come way too fast so better to order slowly and course it out. Also, the table was not ready when we arrived and there is zero space to wait so we kept getting in the way of the host and waiters as we tried to move around to help them.
Ember Yard http://www.emberyard.co.uk/
60 Berwick Street London W1F 8SU
+44207 439 8057