The existing menu of modern tapas at Salt Tapas & Bar has been revived with the arrival of Executive Chef Ronald Li. Formerly from KU DÉ TA (now CÉ LA VI), Chef Ronald has created a menu celebrating hearty, slow-cooked fare. More impressive is that although this is essentially still a “bar”, he pays close attention to presentation – every plate arrives on the table looking beautiful and artistic.
Menu highlights include the grilled eryngii mushrooms on a bed of chive aioli which I love. There’s minimal seasoning so the natural sweetness of the juicy mushrooms shines through. Even though the menu has supposedly an “Australian twist”, I find that there’s a bit of Middle Eastern influences too – curried roast pumpkin with labneh and dukkah; golden and red beets with ricotta and fresh figs; haloumi paired with eggplant and chickpea. All three were very tasty and I can see myself coming back for more!
Out of the new “mains to share” section, the “fish to share” features a 400g slab of grilled barramundi. Accompanied by tangy mango salsa and sautéed broccolini, the moist and delicate fish is simply grilled with a dash of yuzu to highlight its natural delicate flavor. I heard another noteworthy main to share is the paella with lashings of creamy saffron rouille but I gave that a miss since I’m not keen on carb-heavy rice dishes.
If there’s only one dessert I can have, it’s definitely going to be the gooey chocolate tart crowned with a scoop of mango sorbet. I can never resist dark chocolate – especially when thin buttery crust and non-icy sorbet are part of the deal. And be warned, get the dulce de leche semifreddo only if you have an extreme sweet tooth!
Grilled Eryngii Mushroom ($9++)
Taco of Tempura Prawn ($12++)
pineapple salsa, chipotle aioli
Beets, Ricotta, Fig ($15++)
pickle green chilli, honey & thyme dressing
Haloumi, Eggplant, Chickpea ($13++)
dried tomatoes, herbs, tahini dressing
Curried Roast Pumpkin ($14++)
capsicum, labneh, dukkah & coriander
Scallops, Pancetta ($25++)
green tomato, chutney, apple & chives
Fish to Share – Grilled barramundi ($60++, 400g)
mango salsa, sautéed brocolini
Gooey Chocolate Tart ($14++)
Dulce de Leche & Salted Pecan Semifreddo ($13++)
strawberries, coconut wafer
Thank you, Ada, for hosting dinner!
Salt Tapas & Bar
#01-22A, Raffles City Shopping Centre
252 North Bridge Road