For one of London’s hottest new openings, read Nuzy Sayani’s review of Salt and Honey
“Life is a flower of which love is the honey” Victor Hugo.
The opening of Salt and Honey, sister restaurant of the much acclaimed Manuka Honey in Fulham, has been so eagerly awaited that it is fully booked in its the first week. I was therefore delighted that they were able to offer me a table for lunch – and on my birthday so it was an extra special treat.
Situated in the elegant Connaught Village, Salt and Honey is a welcome addition to the neighbourhood. The simply decorated restaurant has 50 covers set over three levels, although it will initially start off with the ground floor dining room. The mezzanine is perfect for a group of ten.
We were warmly welcomed by co-owner Joseph Antippa. He explained that like Manuka Kitchen, the menu will comprise classic dishes with a twist, with an unusual combination of ingredients and flavours to give a lighter and fresher taste.
We started with burrata topped with shards of fennel cured beef and perfectly cooked seared scallops served on a silky veloute of truffled corn that was so delicious that I almost licked my plate! The beauty of a neighbourhood restaurant is chatting to local residents and I exchanged food notes with two charming gentlemen, one of whom was a former restaurateur. They particularly liked the heirloom carrots with ash cheese and quinoa that had both colour and crunch.
In between courses, I nipped down to the kitchen where the hands on head chef and co-owner, Tyler Martin, was busy at work. He said his ethos is to serve “good, simple food”, focusing on high quality ingredients; always a winning combination in my book.
Our main courses arrived and I was rewarded with a delicious dish of sea bream with clams and oyster mushrooms, accompanied by moreish truffle mash. My son had the ultimate “spag bol” – pappardelle generously coated with a rich Wagyu beef bolognaise lifted by a fresh parsley pesto. My husband chose the corn fed chicken which was crisp on the outside and moist on the inside.
We finished our meal with a heavenly salted caramel pannacotta sprinkled with pieces of meringue and bitter chocolate, and manuka honey truffles.
Tyler explained that restaurants are like children and that it takes a while for their personalities to develop. I will certainly be returning to see how Salt and Honey matures.
The lunch menu (Tues-Fri noon to 3pm) is a steal at £11.95 for one course and £14.95 for two courses.
I recommend Salt and Honey for food that is well executed without being pretentious. The care and attention of the founders shines through and I am sure that it will become a favourite with locals as well as becoming a destination restaurant.
Salt and Honey
28 Sussex Place, London, W2 2TH
Tel: 020 7706 7900, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nuzy Sayani is Catwalkschoolgates’ restaurant reviewer. Nuzy lives in Marylebone with her husband and seven year old son. She is a technology lawyer and loves the theatre, cinema, is an avid reader and likes nothing more than trying out restaurants. Nuzy will be sharing her dining experiences with us and would love to hear from you with your recommendations.