(Photos courtesy Salt + Charcoal)

(Photos courtesy Salt + Charcoal)

Salt + Charcoal, the Williamsburg robata restaurant we’ve been looking forward to since August, soft-opened this week on the corner of Bedford and Grand. Their liquor license hasn’t come in yet, but the food itself – by chef-owner Jiro Iida, previously of Yakitori Totto’s sister restaurant Aburiya-Kinnosuke – looks like it can stand on its own: partner Kei Sugimoto tells us the place is one of the few if not the only Japanese spots to get the fire department’s permission to grill using the imported oak-wood charcoal known as binchotan rather than gas. Another distinguishing characteristic: there’s a piece by Kei’s father, famed photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto, hanging on the wall.

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We’ll have more info as the restaurant approaches its Nov. 14 grand opening.  In the meantime, feast your eyes on the interior.

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Salt + Charcoal, 171 Grand St., at Bedford Ave., Williamsburg; (718) 782-2087

Correction: The original version of this post was revised to correct the restaurant’s address.