Stepping into Salt Pepper Nutmeg is like stepping into a friend’s dining room. Dark wood communal tables fill the space alongside bookshelves of old books and artwork from young and old adorning the walls. The vibe is relaxed and cosy but also vibrant enough that families feel welcome. Chef and owner Paul is always around for a smile or quick chat, however what he does best is to create wholesome European-style dishes in his kitchen.
We visited for Saturday lunch and I was pretty excited to see our table already had a paper table runner and jar of crayons when on arrival. I then noticed that all the tables (even those without little ones) had crayons. Older patrons were happily created their artwork whilst waiting for their meals. I had to admit, it was pretty hard to resist doodling and drawing when its in front of you. The littlest person at our table (aged 1) happily doodled and played with dominos whilst we perused the menu.
The kids meal at Salt Pepper Nutmeg comes with a generous serving of pasta, fruit and cheese. It is more suited to older children or two smaller children sharing. For those visiting with toddlers, the range of baked goods including scones, muffins and friandes are great for nibbling.
The main menu has a casual restaurant style style with light and hearty options including salads, frittata and pasta. On a chilly Saturday afternoon, the Hunter’s Salad of red wine marinated chicken thigh with mushroom and tarragon was warming and delicious. Regular favourites on the menu are the Lamb Orechiette pasta – slow 8 hour slow cooked lamb in a rich ragu sauce; and the Bowl of Sea– a stew mixed fresh seafood on a base of herbs with white wine sauce. Save some room for dessert, especially the Boozy Tiramisu and Mousse au Chocolate which is a dark chocolate lover’s dream.
For large family gatherings, they do offer a ‘Family Festive Menu’ and the large communal tables makes this the ideal venue. Bookings are advised and can be done online through Dimmi or on their website.