Tucked between its better known neighbours Oxford Circus and Bloomsbury, lies one of London’s most energetic localities.
The Goodge Street part of Westminster plays host to some of the capital’s most exciting culinary scenes, with modern, innovative restaurants such as Salt Yard, which features a Spanish-Italian style tapas that blends the best of old and new styles of cooking.
The signature of cheese-stuffed courgette flowers with honey adds some lightness to contrast the meatier tapas dishes including jamon, leek and Manchego croquetas with salsa rosa.
Vegetarian dishes such as the stracciatella and baked delica pumpkin, with charred sourdough, salsa verde, and toasted seeds, and the Parmesan polenta, with sautéed forest mushrooms, grilled leeks and mushroom cream also bust the myth that Spanish food is the solely reserved for meat eaters.
This newly-refurbished restaurant and charcuterie is definitely one to visit next time you are in the West End, and whilst you are in town why not also visit Elena's L'Etoile?
The strikingly elegant exterior is complemented by a ravishingly beautiful interior and superb service. The à la carte menu features classic dishes such as the confit duck leg with ribbon vegetables, straw potatoes and cherry sauce. The pre-theatre menu channels the finest French flavours to offer something for everyone.
Three courses consisting of crispy calamari, leek hay and sweet tomato chutney, followed by the salmon fish cake, with tartar sauce, hand-cut chips and chive cream, rounded off with vanilla crème brȗlèe with L’Etoile short bread biscuit provided a brilliant balance of textures and tastes.
With quality and variety like this on offer, Goodge Street need no longer remain in the shadows of its illustrious neighbours.