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Restaurant: Salt & Dry Strongroom Bar – Shoreditch, London

Special lamb curry – £13.50

We were again extremely lucky to be presented with a fantastic opportunity to review Salt & Dry’s new inter-continental menu at Shoreditch bar and kitchen, Strongroom. 

“Salt & Dry is a busy bespoke event catering company, runs a fleet of extraordinary cooking vehicles, as well as designing menus for some of the city’s successful new restaurant launches, including Ethos, Rudies and Counter Kitchen. Their palette of dishes is truly international.”

They have landed with a three month residency at Strongroom, cooking up a variety of food types from their own house-cured bacon, clean-eating salads and vegetarian dishes. They also lay claim to having the best burger this side of L.A (that will be tested out shortly!)

We were met by Georgy who we’d organised our visit with, and got passed on to Philip, one of the managers who was always very attentive, friendly and informative about his restaurant and bar. He explained how one of the workers Matt used to be a head at EMI records, and the musical influence had carried over to the bar and restaurant – check out the drinks menu disguised as a vinyl! They also host live music and quiz nights every week.

Poutine (home fries, beef dip & mozzarella) – £4.50, Hot wings £5.00

Back to the food, and we started sharing bites of hot wings, and beef and mozzarella covered fries – both of which were divine and extremely moreish. They were just the right size to warm us up for the main courses, which we could see being cooked up to our right side through the kitchen window. 

Having already thought she’d made her mind up with the chicken curry, Jessica was swayed at the last moment by the tantalising sound of the… lamb curry which was one of today’s specials. It was so tasty and beautifully presented, although only because of Jessica’s need for spice, it could have done with a tad bit more kick.

Hereford blade burger, melted onions, Jarlsberg and chips £13.00

My burger unusually came wrapped up, leaving for the big reveal. It was soon apparent why it was presented in this way, as it was in a very soft bun which especially in my hands, would’ve fell apart instantly. Personally, I wasn’t a fan of how soft it was and therefore presented, but it certainly didn’t take away from the taste. It was spicy from the jalapeños, and the burger itself was thick and juicy – just perfect!

Belgian chocolate doughnut – £2.50

To end with, the unusual desserts of doughnuts. But it didn’t take long to realise they would become the highlight of the meal. They may look a bit too much after what went before, but they were both so soft, not sickly at all, and beautifully tasty. 

Blackcurrant and custard doughnut – £3.00

Overall it was a fantastic meal which will surely stand out against some tough competition on that street and area of Shoreditch. The service was faultless and every bite of food was delicious. We are already planning to come back on a quiz night with friends, and grab one of their apple and pear pies which sounded out of this world! 

Food: ★★★

Customer service: ★★

Atmosphere: ★★★
Toilets: 

Disclaimer: this meal was complimentary, in return for a review. But as always, all pictures and opinions are our own.

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27 Comments

  1. abbeylouisarose
    February 23, 2017 / 8:43 am

    Wow, this sounds like a fab dining experience! And those doughnuts look TO DIE FOR! I'm not surprised that Jess struggled to decide between the chicken and lamb curry, I'd have found it tricky too!Abbey 💓 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    • Food & Baker
      February 23, 2017 / 12:26 pm

      It was so good, hopefully we'll get to go back for their home made pie and those doughnuts were amazing!!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  2. kayleigh Zara
    March 6, 2017 / 5:01 pm

    The curry and the desserts look absolutely gorgeous and so delicious x

    • Food & Baker
      March 12, 2017 / 9:48 pm

      Both were just simply delicious!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  3. Chloe
    March 6, 2017 / 5:07 pm

    This looks a fab place to visit. As for that blackcurrant & custard doughnut OMG. I would have gone straight for the dessert, Chloe #TeacupClub

    • Food & Baker
      March 12, 2017 / 9:50 pm

      Defo visit if you can, we hope to go back before their residency is over!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  4. Freya Creech
    March 6, 2017 / 5:09 pm

    Wow, I just became incredibly hungry! Looks like a really cool experience – I love that area of London, so many great little places like this!Freya – freyasnook.blogspot.com

    • Food & Baker
      March 12, 2017 / 10:05 pm

      Shoreditch never fails!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  5. Corinne & Kirsty
    March 6, 2017 / 5:09 pm

    Oh my god! This place looks fabulous! The food looks so so delicious! If I was living in London, I would tell my pals to go there right away! Lucky you who got to try the food out! xx C&K

    • Food & Baker
      March 12, 2017 / 10:06 pm

      If you ever come down, you should defo check this place out!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  6. Serena Reidy Books
    March 6, 2017 / 5:10 pm

    The food looks delicious! I'm so tempted by the blackcurrant and custard doughnut!

    • Food & Baker
      March 12, 2017 / 10:06 pm

      UGH the doughnut was so so good, so much filling too!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  7. Katie Scott
    March 6, 2017 / 5:10 pm

    Those doughnuts look amazing!!!! I think I'd go just for those! But saying that … the burger looks and sounds delish! Thanks for a great review, I've added this place to my must try list xKatie @ Blooming Fiction

    • Food & Baker
      March 12, 2017 / 10:07 pm

      The doughnuts were defo the cherry on top!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  8. Holly
    March 6, 2017 / 5:12 pm

    Oh wow the food looks soo good but naughty! Holly xwww.ldnmuse.com

    • Food & Baker
      March 12, 2017 / 10:07 pm

      Soon good!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  9. kirsty-rose
    March 6, 2017 / 5:13 pm

    This place looks so quaint! Those doughnuts also look absolutely delicious! I'd love to try them haha

    • Food & Baker
      March 12, 2017 / 10:07 pm

      You MUST try them!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  10. Shona Catherine Mellis
    March 6, 2017 / 5:17 pm

    This post has made me hungry! Everything looks amazing! Shame I don't live anywhere near London to try it out! x https://whatshonasays.com/

    • Food & Baker
      March 12, 2017 / 10:08 pm

      Oh what a shame!!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  11. samiyah khan
    March 6, 2017 / 5:17 pm

    Okay those doughnuts look SO GOOD. I really want some now and all the food/dishes look great and delicious! love this post, ugh I'm such a sucker for food! sami | possiblysami.com

    • Food & Baker
      March 12, 2017 / 10:08 pm

      Food is our life!! Such yummy food!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  12. Breanna Catharina
    March 6, 2017 / 5:37 pm

    A bun makes the burger. It can be such a bummer when you have a great burger, but the bun can't support it properly. But yooo, those doughnuts are mouthwatering. 😍Breanna Catharinatoocuteforlife.com

    • Food & Baker
      March 12, 2017 / 10:09 pm

      The tastes of the burger were so worth it though!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  13. Lolita Bonita
    March 6, 2017 / 5:46 pm

    Wow those doughnuts and that burger wow how yummy. Do you have a special PR company for restaurant reviews? XLola Mia // http://www.lolitabonita.co.uk

    • Food & Baker
      March 12, 2017 / 10:09 pm

      To be honest, they always find us. So were so humbled and honoured to do these things!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

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