Sunday, 24 August 2014

Salvador and Amanda, Spanish tapas bar, Covent Garden, London

A few weeks ago, after seeing a production of Orwell’s 1984 (see my blog post here for the review), me and Frenchy felt it was only right to have a few drinks after the show. I must confess, my knowledge of bars in the Trafalgar/Leceister Square area is pretty limited (apart from the Weatherspoons and Yates, but there is a time and place for that). Frenchy knew of this cute little tapas bar, “Salvadorand Amanda” on Great Newport Street, and we ended up there laughing over a litre of sangria (and some olives), which was one of the best sangria’s I think I have ever had.

amazing cocktails! 

So when the Boy came back from deployment, I made some not-so-subtle hints that we should go there to sample the food, seeing as the drinks were so good!

After a quick spot of shopping in Oxford Street and an epic fail in Primark (and a massive rant by me about people queuing in the “customer services and returns” line to purchase items), we headed to Salvador and Amanda for some much needed tapas and cocktails…I was starving!!! Luckily we bumbled in at 7.47pm (and just before a downpour) which meant we made it for happy hour (5-8pm Mon to Fri FYI) and it was two cocktails for a tenner (£8 each usually). Yay. Previous tensions in Primark now over.

two el toritos 

tapas plates 

The cocktail list is pretty unusual, or maybe just Spanish seeing as this is a tapas bar , so no mojitos or sex on the beach here, which forced me out of my cocktail-comfort zone, and we opted for two el Torito cocktails – rum, pear and vanilla schnapps, vanilla sugar, pear puree and apple juice. Sooooo good.

For our selection of tapas, we went a bit mental and ordered two lots of patatas bravas, two lots of ham and cheese croquettes, battered cod fritters, ham/chorizo/cheese selection, tomato bread and Spanish meatballs (obviously the menu had the correct Spanish terms!)



cod fritters 

We got a bit excited, and our bill came to £60 for the two of us for food, but we did have 8 dishes between us when the waiter suggested 2-3 each would be fine!

Salvador and Amanda has a cosy, warm vibe 

love the movie screen animations on the wall 

The food was actually pretty good and a good introduction to the Boy’s first taste of tapas. The atmosphere of Salvador and Amanda is really different to your chain restaurants - low lighting and dark interior give it a really warm feel, and a great little place for a date night. 

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