Salem welcomes a new restaurant to its ranks this evening with the opening of Ledger at 125 Washington St., as Boston Magazine reports. Chef Matt O’Neil of The Blue Ox in Lynn is behind the new spot, with the help of executive chef Daniel Gursha and chef de cuisine Craig White, who will oversee the menu of reimagined New England cuisine.
The menu draws upon the classic cuisine of the region and local ingredients, using techniques based on the practices of early settlers. Dishes will evolve with the seasons and will include caviar, crudo, lamb carpaccio, house charcuterie, and wood-fired dishes of meat, seafood, and vegetables served in a large, shareable format. Current entrees include lobster spaghetti, wood-grilled ribeye, pork chop, and roasted chicken. On the beverage side, there are cocktails that pay homage to the historic restaurant space and the food’s colonial inspiration, including the “Salem 1818,” made with Plymouth gin, prosecco, and lemon verbena shrub. There is also an extensive wine list and craft beer.
Ledger spans 6,000 square feet and seats 195. It is located within the former Salem Savings Bank building in the heart of downtown Salem, as previously reported, and was designed by Erica Diskin of Assembly Design Studio in Boston. There is a custom-made chandelier, and the old bank vault now serves as Ledger’s walk-in refrigerator. The restaurant opens tonight at 5 p.m.