The wonderful Salt House Tapas has been fulfilling the Charcuterie needs of Liverpool locals for many years, sitting just on the edge of Hanover Street – it makes for the perfect shopping pit stop, romantic dinner for two or a sociable feast with friends, all rolled into one. We were excited to be invited down to give their spring/summer menu a whirl – and sip on Sangria in the process!
With the weather being as nice as it is at the moment, Salt House Tapas is the perfect venue to spend an evening, not only due to its gorgeous outdoor seating area but also thanks to the fresh, Mediterranean tapas selection they have available on their menu. From light tomato bruschetta’s, to ham and cheese croquettes and beautifully cooked flaky fish, it makes for an ideal summer evening menu – complete with fruity Sangria cocktails of course!
We were greeted like old friends as we arrived at Salt House Tapas and were immediately told to order a drink from the bar. Sticking to the Spanish theme I went for the Rose Sangria – a light pink tipple full of summery flavours, served ice cold with real fruit pieces. Just the type of drink you need on a hot day. After being shown to our table, we were promptly told about the specials available that day (these change regularly) and I was immediately drawn to the beef meatballs served with lentils and a tahini dressing, so included this within our tapas selection. Our other choices including the Manchego cheese and tomato Bruschettas, Iberico ham and cheese croquettes, Hake Pil Pil with caramelised cauliflower, torched fig and honey ricotta on sourdough, deep fried Monte Enebro cheese, chilli and garlic prawns and the delicious sounding slow-braised lamb shoulder. What a selection.
As with most tapas eateries, our food arrived as and when, starting with the Bruschetta as a delicious appetiser and closely followed by the beautifully light Hake which was complemented by the subtle sweetness of its cauliflower counterpart. The salty, rich ham and cheese croquettes went down as treat, as did the juicy torched figs matched perfectly with sweet ricotta and honey on deliciously soft sourdough.
I was keen to try out the Monte Enebro cheese because as a new addition to their menu, I hadn’t heard of it before. The dish turned out to be delightfully tangy cheese, encased in light breadcrumbs and served next to sweet balls of melon. Sounds a little odd on paper, but an absolute delight for the taste buds in real life and a true demonstration of how Salt House Tapas in Liverpool are constantly using creative flavour combinations to wow their customers into coming back.
Our first four dishes were closely followed by the braised lamb shoulder which was cooked melt in the mouth perfectly, with the asparagus and mint jelly proving that sometimes tradition is best and the chilli and garlic prawns which were so full of flavour we ate them in seconds. Last, was the interestingly put together juicy beef meatballs which sat alongside a light and refreshing lentil salad. The making of this dish had to be the Tahini dressing which allowed for a rich, nutty flavour to dominate, but not overtake, the salty beef flavour.
Salt House Tapas Liverpool recommend you choose around 3 dishes per diner plus some appetisers or bar snacks if you’re feeling especially hungry. I was completely happy with all of our dish choices and after thoroughly enjoying every mouthful found we were a little too full for dessert – but if you have got room then I urge you to go ahead and give the Churros your best shot! Salt House Tapas is a credit to the Liverpool foodie scene and with it being right in the heart of Liverpool, you couldn’t get a better location either. Come rain or shine this place guarantees a delicious evening meal and I can’t wait to go back to try more of their exciting and innovative, yet equally as authentic menu.