Opening a new restaurant is always a nervy affair. That is unless you have already opened three of London’s best restaurants in the last few years. Salt Yard Group continue their march towards a Zone 1 monopoly with their best location to date, Ember Yard. We made the mistake of perusing the menu prior to our visit. Consequently, by the time we arrived we’d completely lost our composure. We barely even glanced at the cocktail list and if that doesn’t speak volumes, I don’t know what does. We ordered entirely from the Small Plates To Share menu and then comprehensively failed to share with any grace or civility. The Chargrilled Cuttlefish caused a minor scuffle. The battle for the last of the Chargrilled Iberico Presa resulted in a fork fight. It is a credit to the patience of the wait staff that we weren’t asked to leave but this combination of ravenous Londoners and tapas sharing plates probably leads to a fair few food disputes. You may have deducted from the dishes mentioned and the restaurant’s name that there is a heavy emphasis on chargrilling. What sets Ember Yard apart from its many and illustrious sister-restaurants is an enormous charcoal grill in the open downstairs kitchen. If the smell emanating from the front door and down Berwick Street doesn’t lead the way, the sight of Le Cool writers fighting over their food is always a dead giveaway.
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