5887 Fermina Street corner Enriquez, Poblacion, Makati City
Open from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. (Tuesday to Saturday); and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Sunday)
(SPOT.ph) "We love steak, but we can’t afford prime steak all the time," says Jobett dela Cruz, one of SALT's owners.
Inspired by Snackaroo, a Quezon City restaurant whose cheap and tasty steak has a cult following, he and a few friends from church put up SALT, which they named after the old metaphor for wisdom. "We say ’take things with a grain of salt’ to mean be wise with what you believe in," Jobett says.
Their goal is simple: to serve good, comforting food at reasonable prices to hungry customers who value the communal experience of eating as much as the meal itself. "We want people to gather here, to catch up with each other while enjoying comfort food," says Jobett.
Nothing on the menu is over P350, and almost everything comes in portions big enough to share, so that people are encouraged to order different things and try each other’s dishes.
Prices are reasonable because most, if not all, the ingredients they use are sourced locally. "We want to support local food. We want comfort food to be available to everyone," Jobett says.
Start with the Caesar Salad (P150), a classic with lettuce, anchovy-based dressing, bacon, and croutons. It should be light enough to still make room for the T-Bone Steak (P190), which is large, hefty enough for a big eater, or two more conservative ones.
Grilled Cajun Chicken
At P180, you get more than your money’s worth with the Grilled Cajun Chicken, deeply flavorful and tender, the cajun spices permeating what is essentially, a fourth of a good-sized chicken.
The Grilled Tuna (P220) features a big chunk of fork-flaky tuna. It’s a bit salty, pairing beautifully with rice.
The Baked Salmon (P320) is the most expensive dish on the menu, and also the one that everyone must try. It’s a huge slab of salmon, subtly flavored, sprinkled with black pepper and dill. It comes with a sauce but you don’t need it; the fish is that flavorful.
Despite its savory name, SALT does not lack in the dessert department. Chocolate lovers will zoom in on the Tartufo Ball (P130), essentially a giant ice cream truffle that no, is not good for sharing, thank you very much.
Roster of desserts
Everyone should save room for the Frozen Brazo de Mercedes (P110). This version keeps its meringue fluffy in pillowy contrast to the frozen custard and is quite the treat. It will go well with coffee, which SALT doesn’t serve yet but is coming to the menu soon. Jobett says that they plan to expand the dessert selection, with cheesecake and creme brulee making an appearance on the menu as early as next month.
SALT delivers on its goal of offering good food at reasonable prices in an atmosphere that inspires conversation and community.