Sunday, 21 February 2016

Eating in London: Vintage Salt

I heard about Vintage Salt* when they had their pop up at Selfridges and just about everyone was raving about it. Little did I know that there was another couple of restaurant branches around London. I didn't get around to visiting the one in Selfridges so had to pop into the one on Upper Street. If you've read any of my other 'Eating in London' posts then you'll probably know that I'm a pescetarian - so any restaurant that specialises in seafood or fish is a must go hence why Vintage Salt was so high up on my list of must-visit places to eat in London... and trust me, it didn't disappoint.  

To start, we firstly went for the Scallops (pictured second). The half shell diver scallops with seaweed and hazelnut butter to be precise and they didn't disappoint. I've become a scallop fiend of late and will always go for them if I get a chance and these tasted super fresh and incredible with the seaweed and hazelnut butter. Alongside this we went for the Salt and Pepper Squid with Chilli Jam (of course) (pictured above). I don't think I can turn down squid if it's on a menu. I'm always on the hunt for a new favourite, and although my favourite is very much still the one I tried at Shikumen (forgetting about the rest of the meal...) this one most definitely comes close and it's very much the Chilli Jam that does it. This tasted blooming incredible. Can I get a jar of the stuff please? 

For our mains, we went for a special - a fish stew kind of thing (pictured first) and the Shrimp Burger with Spicy Tartar Sauce (pictured directly above). They both tasted great. The Spicy Tartar Sauce on the burger blew me away and so did the presentation of the stew (and the taste)! Do make sure you order some sides though if you want to go away full and having not missed out on some of the best bits. We opted for the Truffle fries and the Winter Greens with Garlic Chips. Both were so incredible and full of flavour. I'm eyeing up the Brussel Sprouts with Chestnut Crumble for my next visit... 

Generally I can take or leave a dessert. I'm just not that kinda gal... This time however, it blew me away and for sure was my favourite part of the meal. I was extremely full by the time we came to order our desserts but they sounded lovely (and just had to give them a go... of course). We went for the Rice Pudding and the Lemon Posset. Both were incredible but the stand out had to be the Lemon Posset. If you go and its on the menu, you just can't leave without trying this. It was the perfect mix of sweet and creamy and citrus and I just couldn't get enough. With the most delicious shortbread biscuits served on the side - this dessert is one to come back for again and again. And trust me, I'm really not just saying that. I've literally been craving it ever since... 

With branches on both Upper Street and Liverpool Street in London there really is no excuse not to come and give it a go if you're in the area. Both menus are slightly different and I'm eyeing up the Liverpool Street branch already. I'm eyeing up the Crab Toast and Grilled Tiger Prawns - yum!

Lorna x

*I was invited to review Vintage Salt, but as always my opinion is 100% honest. 

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