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Salt House Tapas, Liverpool

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Salt House Tapas, Liverpool

Theresa | Oct 19, 2010 01:20 AM

This a recent opening, and it's great. It's in the old Church House Building on the corner of Hanover St and Paradise St - so on the edge of Liverpool One.

The menu isn't huge, which is probably a good thing, but has some quite unusual dishes on it, along with charcuterie and some of the classics. There were six of us, so we were able to give the menu a good going over. There wasn't a single disappointing dish, and all were very well executed. Dishes worth a special mention include:

scallops, peas and crispy Serrano ham;
deep fried goats cheese with honey and thyme;
roasted butternut squash, goats curd, rocket and spiced almond crumbs;
lamb cutlets with mint salsa;
pork belly woth quince, butter beans and spinach;
morcilla with apples, sage and cider

Salads are interesting (and delicious), but we felt the portions could do with being bigger for the price - the only thing we thought was a bit of a rip off.

We also had some of the more bog-standards dishes, like tortilla and meatballs, and they were fab too.

It's not cheap by Liverpool standards - we ended up paying about £37 a head including tip - but that did include quite a bit of wine, so without wine it would probably have been £25 or less.

The restaurant is on two levels - with a mezzanine looking over the main room and bar. As it was also lacking in soft furnishings, I thought it was going to be an accoustic nightmare - with the trend for stripped back dinings rooms, with tiled or wooden floors, no curtains and hard chairs, I have got tired of having to shout at the person I'm eating with because other people's voices are bouncing off the walls. But it wasn't a problem there - it was buzzy without being too loud.

Service was really friendly and competant (although the woman who showed us to our table, and who I think was front of house for the evening, could have done with taking the rod out of her backside ...).

Definitely worth a try.

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