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Jun 17, 2005



Great recommendation!
The best tapas (they even aren't "real" tapas) I've ever had!
We followed your sugestion to leave same space for the dessert and were overwhelmed by three different sorts of Pecorino cheese served with truffled(!) honey and the vanilla panacotta with gooseberry-squish. WOW!
Still getting a big smile on my face tinking back on this delicious dinner.

Andy Hayler

Spot on comments. Salt Yard is a real find, serving the best Spanish food in London. Who cares if it is cooked by an Australian? I'll be coming back here regularly.


I completely agree with your review. In fact, I wish I could go there again right this instant! Went there with a few friends this summer, and service was impeccable, the food was amazing and you could really tell that this restaurant is run by people with a true passion for great food! The fact that I came out of there with their recipe for mustard fruit chutney was an added bonus...

Andy Hayler

Spot on review. The best Spanish food in London is cooked by an Australian (Salt Yard), the best Vietnamese by a Belgian (Xich Lo) and the best Italian by an Englishman (Zafferano). One could also argue the best French food is cooked by an Australian (Shane Osborne at Pied a Terre). You have a great site here. My restaurant reviews and contact detaisl for the restauarnts I mention are at


We read your recommendations about the Salt Yard and decided to give it a go. To be honest, we could not have been more disapointed - the food tasted good, but the next day, all four of us went down with stomach pains and regular trips to the toilet. Not a good ending. If you go there, have a drink and then go to another restaurant. I do wonder whether you all actually work for the restaurant, as the "WOW" factor was missed on us.


Bob, I am sorry that you had such a disappointing meal – I haven’t been to Salt Yard in almost TWO YEARS so I am glad you left a comment on the current state of affairs.
i wonder if it was just a one-off or if it's just gone downhill completely?


I seem to spend my life looking for new and exciting restaurants. Food - is the most wonderful past time anyone can have; on average we eat out three to four times a week – and when someone finds a new place to eat, we actually get excited, waiting for our taste buds to explode. There are many restaurants opening in London, so it is always worth giving them a go, some end up a dreamy delicious experience, others average but fun. Sadly it sounds from your original review that this particular restaurant has lost its way.

I do hope they read their reviews, and work on building up the quality of their menu, rather than allowing the menu to slide and end up on the “It had potential, but sadly failed” menu of restaurants.

London is a harsh place, you need to stay keen to survive.

Phil @ Saltpigcanteen

We work around the Goodge St area and regularly head to the Salt Yard for the confit pork belly and some saffron cheesecake. Delish! Have to say it's one of our favourites in London.

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