My wife and I recently went on a Friday night to Salt of the Earth for dinner. The place is very popular in Pittsburgh and was packed.
Service: our service was pleasant. The time between meals was a little long as I think the kitchen got slammed with orders all at once. However, no real complaints about service.
Food: the dishes are very much a love/hate type of cuisine. The combinations are unique, sometimes weird, but always an adventure. If successful, the dish will wow you with intense flavor that you do not expect. However, sometimes the experimentation can go a bit far for the palate. My wife loved her perfectly cooked scallops combined with chorizo. My trout was perfectly cooked and the avocado was a nice compliment, but the buckwheat and tamarind did not work as well for me. I recommend the beef tartare and sashimi appetizers to anyone. All the desserts are pretty good here.
Atmosphere: The restaurant has the feel of an NYC restaurant, very trendy and modern. I prefer the upper floor where you can talk a bit more and not get interrupted as much as the communal table below. Be sure to make reservations if you want this upper floor.
Value: The prices are on the more expensive side for a Pittsburgh restaurant, but the portions are generous.
Overall, in terms of molecular gastronomy, a very successful restaurant. We look forward to going back, but be prepared to pay a bit more than usual.
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