Dehesa is the third member of the Salt Yard team, a group of restaurants I believe to be among the very best in London. Each offering a similar menu of Italian inspired tapas, it is a treat for all the senses to visit one of these eateries.
The chatter and laughter is audible from the street, just like its sister restaurants, Dehesa is conducive to fun and enjoyment, you cannot help but have a good time. We waited a while before being seated, choosing to wander along Carnaby Street to work up an appetite while our table was prepared.
Squeezing in at the corner of the bar, we glanced at the menu, knowing almost immediately what we desired. A glass of the house wine each, red for my friend, white for me and a selection of charcuterie, cheese, bread, salad and patatas bravas… perhaps the perfect meal?
One thing you must know about the Salt Yard group… their wine list is supreme, even the cheapest house wine (£4 a glass) is really very good and the Prosecco on offer is always delicious.
Everything was divine, no surprises there. Toasted bread and aioli is a simple but heavenly combination, ideal for an initial snack; then slivers of chilli and marjoram salami, only served at the Dehesa outlet – it is very worth trying… intensely flavoured and totally addictive, I guarantee it will disappear from the table within seconds. Manchego cheese is yummy as ever, three ages are presented with fruity membrillo and crunchy slices of bread.
Warm Salad of Baby Artichokes, Cime Di Rappa, Goats Curd and Spicy Almonds was a lovely and intriguing combination, providing a little greenery to accompany the meat and cheese. For a bit of naughtiness the fat potato chips are perfect, covered in red spiciness and served with a pot of dipping aioli, we found we were so greedy we needed to order two extra portions of aioli for dunking.
Unfussy, bold food that is utterly scrumptious: for £20 a head you will enjoy a feast of tapas and wine. I would eat in the Salt Yard restaurants every night if I could.
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