After the enormous success of Manuka Kitchen, their cosy Fulham all-day dining Bistro, and their underground G&T cocktail bar 510 Below, dream team Joseph Antippa and Tyler Martin have now opened Salt & Honey in Bayswater.
A very different location, and a very different feel to the place. Expect light and airy interiors, beautiful greens English leather banquettes and vases with the sweetest smelling lilies. It feels a little like Manuka Kitchen’s elegant, more mature sister. A little quieter and more subdued, and perhaps with an older, more sophisticated clientele.
It is also located on a very charming street, in a neighbourhood of London I barely know, but now I’ve discovered it, want to spend more time in. Their small street facing terrace is the ideal place for a sunny lunch.
But what you’re really here for is the food. Manuka Kitchen got 5 stars from AA Gill, so expectations for Salt & Honey will be high. And they will be met.
We started with warm focaccia with salted butter and an array of the most beautifully presented (and tasting) starters. The menu is one of those where you want multiple (or ideally all) options. So it’s good to go in a group of four (like we did), so you can share a few dishes. The peaches with honey truffle dressing was my favourite (and a steal at £4.50).
From the mains we were drawn to the Market Fish and the Pork Belly. Both were well cooked and full of flavour, though our pork scratching could have been a little more crunchy.
Pudding was – as always – too tempting to miss, so we went for the pannacotta and the peanut butter pretzel. I loved them both but if I had to be critical, the pannacotta tasted more of banana than salted caramel. But that didn’t stop me from licking the plate clean.
I adore this charming, well-priced restaurant, and the staff add a very personal and friendly touch which is so hard to come by in London restaurants. Joseph cares about his guests like no other, and is constantly making sure everyone is happy and looked after.
I was invited back a few weeks later to try their brunch menu. They have completely nailed brunch at Manuka Kitchen – in fact, I think that’s what they’ve most loved for. And here it too did far from disappoint. Both my sister and I opted for the French toast with bacon, glazed banana and Manuka honey. And we were so glad we did. It was unbelievable. That, and a really good cappuccino, and you’re all set for the weekend. Highly recommended.
28 Sussex Place
London, SW2 2TH
020 7706 7900