Restaurant Review: The Salt Room
The Salt Room is the latest addition to the Brighton food scene. From the owner of the ever-popular Coal Shed, the restaurant is vying to be one of the best in town and easily takes that crown when it comes to seafront dining.
Situated opposite the West Pier and part of the Hilton Metropole, The Salt Room has a sea-view terrace for those lucky enough to visit on a sunny day. Inside the restaurant you’ll find a stylish and unstuffy dining area with exposed brick archways, planked walls and (the seemingly compulsory) hanging Edison lightbulbs. The place was heaving by 9pm on a Monday, so make sure you book well in advance.
The menu is centred on sustainable and often locally sourced seafood, but if you or your date aren’t massive seafood fans, the Jasper Charcoal Grill section includes lamb rump and rib-eye and fillet steaks. But before we could think about food there was the matter of drinks, of which The Salt Room has many – including a dozen speciality G&Ts, a selection of aperitifs and negronis, and a Sailor’s Tipples section of reworked classics and innovated cocktails. The drinks were a real highlight and make this a destination in itself for any G&T aficionado.
To start we had the Salt Room tartare and the mackerel with battered oysters, which were both excellent. For mains we chose a sharer from the specials board of whole turbot cooked in butter and parsley, topped with capers, cockles and mussels. As a seafood lover I wasn’t disappointed and the fish was cooked perfectly, but I must admit to some serious food envy when the south Indian fish burger was walked to a nearby table. Next time!
When selecting a wine to go with dinner, it’s thankfully hard to go wrong here, as the list includes a range of salty whites from costal vineyards that are perfect for matching with seafood.
By this point it’s obvious what a great addition to Brighton The Salt Room is. The location, atmosphere, food and cocktails make it a real treat for any occasion and a standout as a place to take a date. We’d come to this conclusion even before we’d set eyes on the restaurant’s signature dessert, Taste of The Pier, a sharing plate of seaside favourites like candy floss, doughnuts, salted caramel ice cream and honeycomb. Find out for yourself just how perfectly this selection of guilty pleasures ends an evening by the sea.