SALT: Baltimore, MD, USA
Last entry for 2014 and what a great post to end on. Salt is supposedly on the higher end of restaurants in Baltimore, but there were a few things on their menu that were begging to be eaten, and eat them we did! I apologize for the pictures: the restaurant was lit up with green ceiling lamps. But hopefully they will do some justice! The tasting menu included:
- duck fat fries
- foie gras sliders
- seared octopus
- seared black cod
- fried cauliflower and fennel
- goat cheese donuts
Duck Fat Fries
- extensive quantity: as in a one-ft cone’s worth
- best condiments ever: black truffle aioli, chipotle aoli, malt vinegar aoli
- the black truffle aoli was by far my favorite followed by the malt vinegar. However, if you’re not a fan of mayonnaise, it may not work for you.
- totally shareable for at least 3 people
- not as much duck-fat flavor compared to the fries at Annabelle Lee’s Tavern (ALT) : the dish at ALT tasted as if the fries were made with a roasted Peking duck dripping fat on top for about five hours.
Foie Gras Sliders: we ordered this because one of my close girlfriends had never tried foie gras. She is from California and the recent ban (which has now been lifted) on foie gras prevented her from ever trying it. I personally am a fan of anything foie so this was definitely going to be on the menu no matter what!
- great amount of foie gras for the burger
- shareable…but only if you want a bite. It’s a slider y’all. At $15, half of a slider is probably not worth it for most people. But to see the look on Wendy’s face at her first taste of foie was priceless.
- perfectly done: not chewy or overcooked. Super tender.
- great flavors, slightly charred if you like that slightly burnt flavor.
- could be better flavors to complement the octopus other than…charred.
Seared Black Cod: I am a huge fan of cod. Maybe it’s my inner Anglophile, but there is something about seared cod, or cod fish and chips, that really hits home. I find it to be a solid, non-fishy, filling type of fish.
- good amount, decently shareable
- nicely seared, not overcooked
- good flavors
- I would like a bit more texture with this dish personally.
- The fish was well done, but I can’t seem to speak wow about the flavors.
Fried Cauliflower and Fennel
- It broke up the heaviness of the dishes we ordered
- crispy, not soggy with oil
- decent flavor
- not something that I would consider a “wow” dish.
Goat Cheese Donuts: the chef actually asked us to rate the donuts as he was changing the recipe slightly. If I remember correctly, they used lavender honey, and they made the donut slightly crispier than they normally did. We did not have a prior tasting history of the original recipe to compare it to, but we did give it a thorough review. Hopefully he used it to better the recipe!
- nice crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside
- very filling if you like a “hearty” dessert
- the lavender honey didn’t really have much “lavender” impact, if it was supposed to have an impact
- I can’t remember too much about the goat cheese either.
It was a really good meal, but admittedly as true to the name, I must have drank about 5 glasses of water due to the heavy salt content. On a positive note, they refilled our water glasses pretty frequently. I would definitely go again. In summary:
- duck fat fries: **** (4 stars, for the aoli!)
- foie gras sliders: ***.75 (3.75 – I’ve had better foie)
- seared octopus: ***.75 (3.75 stars)
- fried cauliflower and fennel: *** (3 stars)
- goat cheese donuts: ***.5 (3.5 stars)
If you wanted to check it out, you can find SALT here:
2127 E. Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21231
And that is that for 2014! Keep posted for new eats from California – let’s start of 2015 right!