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Salt Eatery (Pretoria)

Salt Eatery (Pretoria)
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Cost
R100
Ambience
Comfy & casual, Contemporary cool, Hip & happening
Food
Deli fare, Modern

Critic's review

Alida Ryder

Food
Salt, being one of the original restaurants in the newly re-vamped and happening Hazelwood dining scene, has always been a very popular establishment and it’s not hard to see why. Their food is inventive and interesting and they offer menu items that few other places in Pretoria do. They have a good selection of breakfasts available with the Scotch egg with black pudding and brioche French toast with honey, gorgonzola and strawberries being the clear stars.

For lunch and dinner they offer a variety of dishes like excellent steamed buns stuffed with unctuous, perfectly-cooked pork belly, pickled cucumber and a sweet chilli glaze. They also offer steak, burgers and sandwiches. The home-baked bread is fantastic.

The pastry chef is very playful and infuses modern flavours into classic recipes. The black sesame-infused crème brûlée and red wine-poached pear with gorgonzola ice cream are two prime examples. The menu often changes to suit the seasons but you are bound to find something you’ll love.

Drinks
They have a limited yet well-selected range of local wines and a good selection of craft beers available.

Service
Service starts off well but then wanes later… It's a pity and frustrating when you have to try so hard to order dessert or get the bill.

Ambience 
The restaurant is very modern with concrete and exposed brick finishes. They have a few tables inside but it’s the street-side al fresco dining that attracts patrons.

And…
For social eating, ask the team to put together a selection of cheeses, breads and charcuterie from their chalkboard selection.

(September 2016)

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  • Bazil Stander

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    Salt Eatery is without a doubt the most refreshing food experience to hit Pretoria in years. Owner/chef Wessel van Jaarsveld draws on his experience in fine dining establishments in Europe and the UK to present a modern, inspired and innovative menu that is at once iconic and addictive. The regularly changing menu offers charcuterie, cheese, bread and condiments, allowing you to create your own board of delicious artisanal snacks.

    Interesting options include pear and saffron chutney, asiago and calabrese cheese, and fugasse and pain de paysan breads. The real stars of the show, however, can be found on the ‘Plates, sides & sliders’ section of the menu. Try the home-cured salmon, horseradish and soy mousse with dill pearls; oxtail-stuffed squid; or the steamed pork bun with Asian slaw and kumquat chutney – all outstanding dishes, packed with flavour and creatively plated. The slider menu features some instant classics, too: try the grilled mushroom, cep and truffle sauce with gorgonzola, or grilled beef with bacon and gruyère. Wonderful, interesting side dishes like parmesan and black truffle fries, courgette ribbons with compound butter, and savoy cabbage with black bacon make you wish you could rewind and try everything again.

    This is a great option for breakfast as well, with dishes like confit duck hash, frozen yoghurt terrine and brioche French toast. This amazing little bistro is the perfect place to sit and eat all day.

    Drinks
    There’s an interesting if limited selection of MCCs, as well as Earthbound Organic Wines, and local red and whites. There’s not much selection of wine by the glass; however, they stock an excellent craft beer offering.

    Service
    Attentive and effective service from a small, snappy front-of-house team.

    Ambience
    Informal and relaxed. This double-volume, semi-industrial space provides a blank canvas for Wessel and his team to wow you with their wonderful food.

    And…
    Ask about their much talked-about function catering service if you are planning a special event at home.

    (August 2014)

User reviews

  • Not what you would expect of a supposedly 'good' restaurant. It is extremely over rated! The food was a rip-off as the quality did not reflect the price. I had to send back my wives food. The service was terrible. I had to open my own bottle of wine as the waiter seemed incompetent. All in all not a place to recommend or that we would go back to. There are a lot of top restaurants close by that offer what you pay for.
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  • We visited Salt once before an enjoyed the meal even though the menu was pricy. The second visit however was a complete disappointment. We combined our own platter with cheese, condiments and smoked meats. As our bread of choice we chose brioche. The bread was stale and appeared burned, it had a very bitter taste and in the end we sent it back without eating any of it. The managers/ staff seemed to have a discussion about the bread but did not care to apologize or give any feedback regarding its quality. Additionally the portions are very small for the price you pay. For a desert we chose a banana baklava which cost R70 for what turned out to be the equivalent of a small cupcake. Felt a bit ripped off. Doubt we would visit again.
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  • Very tasty breakfast menu. Best Breakfast Burger, all components were made perfect and the shoestring chips with parmesan and truffle a must. Rye bread is wonderfull and coffee that I went back for.
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  • SALT doesn't disappoint. It's pricey but tapas & charcuterie always are.
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  • Really amazing place - from the service to the wine to the food (including the delicious dessert), everything was impressive and enjoyable - I'm so happy that I decided to try this place out because it was definitely worth it!
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  • We had a charcuterie, cheese and bread platter as a Saturday afternoon snack. Delicious cheeses and amazing breads (getting a selection of breads made the decision really easy). The charcuterie was also great but it was disappointing that our waiter had no idea what the variations were (and it wasn't explained on the menu). Perhaps a solution would be to teach waiting staff about the different choices by means of tasters to make them experts. Stock of beer on tap and wines seemed to be low - two things my partner picked wasn't available and my first choice of wine also not. We sat inside this time around but a number of people were seated outside under umbrellas, which looked very cosy.
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  • Shortly after the opening in October, we read about this Restaurant and just knew we had to try it. If you talk about good gourmet food, and you combine that with excellent wine and beer, good company and a restaurant that caters to all your needs, throw in some cheese and breads, black truffles, and great service, you will find Salt. Salt has become one of our favorite and regular restaurants, whether you are a group of friends, or it is set to be a romantic night out, Salt is definitely the place to go. Plus I saw they are now open on Sunday's as well.
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  • The decor and ambience is very cool and made me look forward to an awesome night with friends. However, poor service all around - it took way too long when you think that not much effort needed to put a plate of cold meats cheese and bread together. One of the drinks orders didn't arrive at the table. Albeit that I love the idea of cold meats, cheeses and bread on a plate I wont go back.
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  • Having been to almost all restaurants in Pretoria, from the local to the discerning, I’m very happy with the addition of Salt Eatery. We have been here 4 times and keep on returning as it’s one of our favourite places to have lunch or dinner.

    Most people actually opt for the cured meats boards or the cheese boards and share it, but we never eat that. We always have the plated menu. Most of Pretoria will probably feel that it’s too expensive for what you get, but having moved from Cape Town 2 years ago, after spending 15 years in CT, and arriving in Pretoria we can honestly say that this reminds of the type of food that you would get in good Cape Town restaurants.

    The dishes are definitely thought out and the combinations are interesting and delicious. Also the plating is clean and appetising. Therefore we love this special find, and it’s refreshing to have this as an alternative to all the Steak and Italian places that seem to be everywhere.
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  • Second time we tried Salt. The first time, the waiter forgot to place our order at the kitchen and we left after 40 minutes without a meal. We tried it again today, eating for the first time. Good to sit outside in the sunshine, good craft beer. Very bad service. Ordered steak tartare, after ten minutes told it's not available. Placed another order, good food. Asked for the menu again, to order something else as the portions are small and I think you're supposed to try a few "tasting" portions. They forgot to bring the menu, and after about 15 minutes we asked for the bill. The added the steak tartare to the bill even though we never had it. Took it up with our waiter, but she just laughed as if it's nothing. This is a great concept, but without a good manager to look after clients, the food and the good concept won't mean a thing. Service really disappints.
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  • 06/03/2014

    found the food to be very nice but the portion very small and over priced for the amount on the plat does not fill, the outside ambience nice and the service good. would go back for a coffee but not to eat

    best of luck

    noel
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  • Creative food served without too much fuss.

    Easy dining. A welcome relief to boring Pretoria.

    Pork belly slider, beetroot & cream cheese salad and cheesecake to die for!
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