Photos: Pintxos night at The Salt Yard, Kilkenny
Open around four months at this stage under the watchful eye of proprietor Padraig Enright, The Salt Yard is the only restaunt of its kind in Kilkenny specialising in Spanish-driven cuisine presenting a fine fusion of Spanish and Irish ingredients across a huge tapas, pintxos and platos menu. We were in house on the opening night for what turned out to be a fantastic meal (one that kept us stuffed for about two days given the amount we had consumed) but last night I was back in the restaurant myself for The Salt Yard’s VIP Pintxos night.
€25 got you at least a glass of wine and pretty much all you could eat when it came to Pintxos, with two days preparation going into the night and wine for the night (for me) as a Gran Cerdo red, the ‘flying pig’ label I’d recognised from the Le Caveau collection.
In the centre of the restaurant there was hand-cut ham served throughout the evening while the bar area served a huge variety of pintxos in a buffet style.
There was Gazpacho with jámon & melon, organic vegetable crisps, Pan Tomate con Jámon Ibérico, a Brochette of Toonsbridge Mozzarella with Octopus, Mussels and Quail Egg, Jámon with a cloud of Idiazabal Cheese, Insalate Russo (Russian salad popular all over Spain). a Thai Fajita (rice, vegetables, prawns, curry and coriander) the Salt Yard’s Signature Pintxo (Foie Gras lollipops with a brochette of melon, pineapple and Ibérico Ham), Organic Irish Salmon Rolls, and Asian/Spanish Fajita, Ibérian Ham Sushi Maki, Montaditio Classico y Caviar, a Piquillo Pepper stuffed with Tuna Mousse, a brochette of toonzbridge mozzarella, salmon, octopus and olives… and that’s just what I managed to snap labels of.
The amount and variety of different foods was a great chance to showcase the restaurant in a different light. Expecting it to be more of a mingling night (I’m not sure why), everyone had their own tables, with a chance to compare notes and dishes when returning to the bar for your next round.
The place was buzzing, as it always seems to be now when passing the doors at the weekend and the the introduction of a wide variety of pintxos should herald more pintxos-related offers from the restaurant to highlight the real casual ‘popping in for a pintxo and glass of wine’ kind of vibe.