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Salt - a gastropub - Byram NJ


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Salt - a gastropub - Byram NJ

Gastronomic | | May 11, 2008 09:00 AM

We decided to arrive early since the restaurant has a no reservations policy for parties of less than 6. Good move on our part, as we pulled in at 6:30, the lot was already close to full. We entered through the lobby and were seated at a two top. On the 32" flat screen to my right above the mantle piece was the 1956 classic "Trapeze" with Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis. To it's left was a coat hanger with a chef's jacket and apron. To it's right was a window to the lobby through which the hostess kept a watchful eye on the tables. We sought out beer from their well crafted list, and she had a Stella Artois on tap, and I had an Ale from Eel River Brewery. A quick scan of the dining room showed that beer was the prevailing drink of choice, although a nice wine list is also presented at the tables. For the first course the wife had the goat cheese croquettes, which were cooked to perfection, and whose tangy creaminess was a great offset to the sweetness of the accompanying poached pear. I had the "baked" Caesar salad which had a beer battered anchovy and crunchy croutons complemented by a light lemony Caesar dressing. For entrees, the wife chose a "hanger" steak. While the steak was very flavorful and the oriental slaw and mustard smashed potatoes were seasoned perfectly, each of the pieces of steak had a thick line of gristle running through it, that required a fair bit of carving at the table. My Balbriggan salmon was a perfectly executed dish. the salmon was crusted with pecan, cooked exactly as it should be. It was set atop spinach and smashed sweet potatoes, in a sweet malt vinegar sauce that balanced just the right amount of sweet and savory. For dessert we shared a "Guiness" pudding, which I can best describe as a Guinness flavored creme brulee, glazed perfectly on top. Our server was friendly, polite, and non intrusive. The noise level can get rather high, but what good "pub" doesn't have that. We will definitely be back.

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