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Brunch at Smoke and Salt: Review

The astute traveller around London will have noticed the amazing amount of pop ups and residencies that abound in the capital this Summer. Intrigued by Smoke and Salt’s revival of ancient smoking, salting and curing techniques in their stint at the Chapel in Islington, SEEN and a guest popped along there last Sunday to partake of their brunch menu and we were not disappointed.

The astute traveller around London will have noticed the amazing amount of pop ups and residencies that abound in the capital this Summer. Intrigued by Smoke and Salt’s revival of ancient smoking, salting and curing techniques in their stint at the Chapel in Islington, SEEN and a guest popped along there last Sunday to partake of their brunch menu and we were not disappointed.

The surroundings are relaxed (as they should be for a Sunday), the staff are friendly, attentive and well-informed, sharing the chefs Remi Williams and Aaron Webster’s enthusiasm for their product. My guest and I happily drank some lovely dry prosecco, La Clivie, which though early in the day, didn’t sit heavily on the stomach.

Delicious Merville sourdough bread with honey-whipped butter made a lovely contrast with the wine. The sourdough was warm and the crust just right in terms of crispness. For mains I had the Hake “Jansson’s Temptation” with Crispy Mornay, Watercress and Potatoes. The Hake was tender and creamy, complemented by the Mornay sauce in breadcrumb croquettes. My guest had the Half Buttermilk-fried Chicken with Summer Succotash, Plantain and Lettuce. The chicken was moist, creamy and delicious; generous enough in size to merit sharing. SEEN felt it was an ideal pick-me-up if you’d overdone it the night before. The richness of the food was offset by the dry prosecco and a squeeze of lemon juice (at the waitress’s suggestion).

We couldn’t manage a dessert each, so shared a Thai Basil and Apricot Donut. This was a lovely twist on the usual true comfort food, and could have gone larger on the Thai Basil sugar frosting for these diners. Remi himself came out to see how we were enjoying the meal, and could not have been a more accommodating host.

Smoke and Salt are at the Chapel until December. SEEN feels that their attention to detail and keen solicitation of diners’ feedback will see them take up permanent residence in the area, as they evolve their menus. We’ll certainly be back for dinner.

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www.smokeandsalt.com

The Chapel Bar
29 Penton Street
London
N1 9PX

Brunch: Sunday: 11am – 4pm
Dinner: Monday – Thursday: 6 – 10pm