Black Salt – Stirring up Sharjah
Sharjah food scene is popping without a doubt. Funky new places are opening left right and centre and Black Salt is one of many to explode onto the scene.
Black Salt stands out, not only in terms of its slick interiors which are so fancy with its geometric patterns and copper highlights that it looks like it could belong in D3 but also it has some interesting dishes which keep the foodies and ‘grammers happy. Ok maybe the use of dry ice on almost every drink isn’t necessary but the brewing of the peach ice tea is like a science experiment complete with tubes and beakers is enough to keep us interested. My Kandy crush soda complete with sour worms is sweet but thankfully not sickly.
The appetizers at Black Salt are best shared and range from the healthier side of things like the citrus corn on the cob & classic watermelon feta combo to the heavier items like deep-fried mac n cheese triangles, fiery chicken bites and a thickly coated dynamite shrimps which a lot of restaurants serve but none quite compare to the OG from PF Changs.
The Bunny Chow was an interesting dish that I’ve never seen on a menu before in the Middle East despite eating at quite a few African joints. Black Salt’s version is filled with every Westerner’s favorite curry – Butter Chicken. The sauce is on the sweeter side but this hearty dish is lapped up by everyone at the table and the generous portion size is also welcomed. The other mains we try are all quite carb-heavy and included a shish tawook paratha complete with fries, to a creamy chicken pepper pasta and another favorite; a Swedish kebab flatbread.
The menu sees a lot of influences from the South East Asia all the way to the Middle East with very modern takes on traditional dishes. Take the Black Salt date cake for example, complete with its fancy sugar dome it really does “wow” with its presentation.
Owner Raza Abbas says the current menu is a selection of the best from 600 dishes they had originally planned for the restaurant but it’s constantly updated to keep it fresh for their loyal customers.
I leave a lot heavier but definitely not hungry. I’d be keen to see what their new season menu will bring.