Ember Yard: one of London Design Agenda favorite restaurants in London. In Ember Yar you can enjoy amazing new-style tapas bars, where every flavour combination is a winner and their bar snacks are among Soho’s best. Besides of his delicious kitcheen, this restaurant is also a design “piece” of art. The project was Macaulay Sinclair signature.Ember Yard is the fourth restaurant from the influential Salt Yard Group and takes inspiration from the earthy traditions of Spanish/Italian charcoal cooking. Located in the heart of Soho, the design of this two-storey restaurant with bar is informed by early 20th Century design.
Natural materials; characterful wood and stone are blended with delicate stained glass and polished plaster, offering an understated back drop to the custom-built live fuel grill at the heart of the space. Downstairs, leather banquettes sit alongside the exposed wine vaults and 20-cover private dining room.
There’s a mixture of bar stools, high counters, dining tables and banquettes on the ground floor; the basement has more of the same but with even more emphasis on the list of house cocktails, and a well-chosen selection of wines by the glass, or even bigger selection by the bottle.
What sets Ember Yard apart from its siblings is an even greater emphasis on the grill. If you’ve eaten in a charcoal grill restaurant in the Basque country – or even in a Turkish grill in Dalston – Ember Yard should feel oddly familiar, especially if you’re sitting near the glowing coals.
Here every tapas flavour combination is a winner. Tender octopus was coated in a peperonata sauce, served with a green squirt of the garlic and coriander mayonnaise called mojo verde alioli. Ibérico pork ribs were grilled to melting softness, the flavours of the quince glaze and smear of celeriac purée melding into the warm fat.
Ember Yard’s that sort of place: somewhere you can’t quite get enough of, and are sorry to leave.