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