16 October 2014

Salmon & Champagne ❤

I've never had a big list of foods that I didn't like. I've always thought of myself as a reasonably unfussy eater. Take me to any restaurant in any country and there will no doubt be an abundance of things I'm happy to eat. Having said that, one of the items I would always mention as lower down in my 'delicious food' list was smoked salmon. I was never a big fan of the stuff and have spent most of my thirty-three years avoiding it. Then suddenly - about two months ago - being on a low carb diet lead me to order scrambled eggs & smoked salmon as a starter course whilst dining at Rules Restaurant in Covent Garden. And my goodness, it was delicious! I walked away that day a convert and appreciator of all things smoked salmon.

It's for this reason that visiting new opening Salmontini made perfect sense! Plus I got to catch up with my blogger buddy Angie of Silverpoon London.

Located in the heart of London's Belgravia, Salmontini launched officially only yesterday. With run-away successes already in Dubai, Lebanon and Jeddah, this is the first UK branch and a very welcome addition to the restaurant scene it is too. 

Inside it's bright, spacious and very elegant.

In typical fashion, the first thing Angie and I did was consult the champagne list. Salmon and champagne must be up there with some of the world's most enjoyable pairings; port & cheese, pancakes & syrup, Ant & Dec...

The menu was as tempting as I'd hoped it would be. Whilst the signature dish is unsurprisingly the home-made smoked Scottish salmon, there are many other options available including sushi, fish & chips, chicken, lamb and Angus beef. 

But Angie and I were going fish all the way! We ordered some starters to share; the crispy salmon salad, salmon tartare and sashimi. 

I'd already expected the standard to be high at Salmontini and I wasn't disappointed; all three of the dishes screamed quality with every mouthful. The tartare in particular was so soft and flavoursome, a little salty and sweet at the same time. With our bubbles on the side and fantastic company to boot, this was turning into one hell of a nice lunch!

My main course was beautiful. Just look at that photo! Ricotta stuffed salmon fillet with chive sauce served with perfectly al-dente broccoli. 

This was the sort of meal I would quite happily eat every day. Healthy, delicious but with that lovely sauce and creamy cheese keeping the dish alive and exciting. The salmon was succulent and cooked perfectly. A winner of a dish.

Angie adores her sushi and even though I'm not as much of a lover as she, I had to admit that her dish looked amazing! If I was able to eat rice, I'd have given it a try!

Before we knew it, two and a half hours had already passed us by. What a fabulous ladies lunch! I would definitely recommend Salmonita, particularly to you salmon and fish fans. The quality is there in abundance and the service was impressive too. Although I didn't think there was anything particularly mind-blowingly experimental on the menu, the food is fresh, lovingly prepared and of the highest quality. Also, it's the perfect restaurant for those of you on a bit of a detox! (perhaps just leave out those bubbles...!).


  1. It was such a lovely day and what a fabulous write up - I can't wait for our next one!
    Lots of love,
    SilverSpoon London

    1. It was absolutely fabulous daaarling! We must sort out drinks at your house for January too :)

  2. It makes me so sad I don't eat any seafood as it always looks delicious. Ben tried to get me to try some when we were on holiday but I still couldn't face it.

    Victoria x

    1. Have you ever tried it before? Alex used to hate fish but he started eating cod and has since started trying other things. I guess you could acquire the taste! (like me and smoked salmon!)

  3. The salmon looks amazing. The pictures are mouth-watering!


  4. I love salmon so this has definitely gone onto my list!

    You two look lovely as well!

    Becks xo

  5. The restaurant looks really chilled and relaxed, in keeping with the food porn pictures. I wouldn't normal order salmon as I tend to worry about it been overcooked. I guess I should stop worrying about stuff like that as your meal looks good.

  6. This looks scrumptious and you ladies both look lovely! <3

    Josie XOXO
    Fashion Mumblr

  7. I too used to think that I did not like salmon, or any seafood really, until only a few years ago. Now seafood is my favorite protein. We recently bought a sous vide for cooling at home, and it is a game changer! No more dried-out seafood for us!

  8. So sad I couldn't come! Looks like you both had a fabulous lunch, I could have done with the bubbles too!

    I'm gutted as I know I won't be able to head down there with Ben as well with all that fish it would be torture for him!

    Katie <3

  9. I absolutely love salmon, this is my dream - particularly the tartare. Looks like you had a lovely time :)

  10. looking lovely, both of you! this is like heaven for me, as salmon in any shape or form is probably my favourite food. looks beautifully presented and delicious, definitely putting this on my wishlist! x

    Miho @ Wander to Wonder


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