What an absolute gem of a Modern European restaurant at the top of Essex Road in Islington!
Salut offers a casual fine dining experience with amazing food and a relaxed and rustic atmosphere with an open kitchen. As much as I don’t mind a slightly more pretentious dining experience now and again, Salut offers fantastic food with friendly and attentive service that is not over the top, which I much prefer. The owner, Martin, is passionate about his business and food and it was great to speak to him about opening Salut 18 months ago.
The menu offers 3-4 dishes for each course, keeping the choice simple and maintaining the quality. The presentation of each dish was spectacular and clearly a lot of thought had gone into choosing the menu.
We started with Green Asparagus, Pickled White Asparagus, Artichoke Heart, Red Cabbage, Cured Egg Yolk and Bread and Truffle Butter. The asparagus was delicious and oh my, I loved the truffle butter!
For mains, we chose the Suffolk Lamb – with three different cuts of lamb – Loin, Sweetbreads & Neck, Radish, Kale & Wild Garlic and the Salt Hake, English Octopus, Shredded Kohlrabi, Garden Peas with some potatoes and stemmed broccoli with sesame seeds. I absolutely loved the lamb which was so tender and flavoursome and, surprisingly, couldn’t get enough of the broccoli!
We somehow managed to fit in a couple of desserts – Poached Rhubarb, Vanilla Crème Patissier, Crème Fraiche Sorbet & Rhubarb Jelly and Chocolate Caramel Gateau, Orange Parfait, Honeycomb. The rhubarb in particular was absolutely amazing.
Absolutely recommend Salut for the perfect dining experience!