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Salvador & Amanda (Bar, Restaurant)

Picture of Salvador & Amanda in West End, London

8 Great Newport Street, West End, London, WC2H 7JA
Cuisine: Tapas
Tel: 0207 240 1551 | Email to Salvador & Amanda | Transport: Leicester Square | Write review

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Who’d have thought that a corner of Spain could be nestled away just a hop, skip and a jump from Leicester Square? As you make your way down the steps at the entrance to Salvador and Amanda, everything from sleek decor to stylishly dressed waiting staff give you a dose of the Iberian spirit.

When Fluid arrived a competition to find London’s best sangria was in full swing and that meant a dazzling mix of pouring, shaking and mixing accompanied by much chatting and merriment. Given the backdrop it seemed fitting to try the house sangria which managed to hold its own against the newcomers thanks to a thirst-quenching combination of fizz and tang.

The conventional wine list is also solid and varied. If you’re looking to continue with the Spanish feel then among the reds it’s well worth considering the fruity smoothness of the Castillo di Clavillo tempranillo. There’s also a good array of cocktails, grappa and sherries.

As you’d expect from a tapas bar, dishes are brought out at irregular intervals so it’s worth ordering a good spread and stopping your stomach from rumbling with an early request for bread and olives.

There’s plenty to keep you happy even if you’re a seasoned tapas eater. The pan-fried scallops were moist and melty and given a bit of crunch by a sprinkle of Ibérico ham on the top. Another dish to try is the marinated chicken strips which were juicy by themselves and even more so with a dollop of Tio Pepe sherry sauce. Meanwhile, the pan-fried de-shelled king prawns sizzled upon arrival and packed a good punch thanks to the garlic, olive oil and chilli accompaniment. Other dishes appeared with a quirky twist, for example the mini chorizo (shaped like chipolatas) on skewers. There are also reassuring favourites such as the chunky potato-packed Spanish omelette.

All this combined with a range of offers to catch the eye, including 5-8pm happy hours and special paella and sangria nights, mean Salvador and Amanda should prepare themselves for plenty of guests. more

Customer Reviews for Salvador & Amanda

Average (based on 14 votes): 14 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

The following customer reviews are not endorsed by Fluid London and are simply those of users who wish to publish their independent experiences of Salvador & Amanda.

“Very bad experience. Booked a table, before paying making sure that the table will not be moved at some point to make space. Looks like the woman taking bookings called Candice will promise you anything just to take your money, because guess what, comes 11pm and the security comes showing us around (it was my husbands birthday party), manager called doesn't care about anything even if you show him you have the promise in writing, and leaves. After that additionally and totally unnecessary the security super rude, aggressive and threatening. All of this on top of overcrowded space, songs on repeat and only 2 actually working barmans for that many people is much too much - there's plenty of other places in London to spend your money, especially if you invite guests for some occasion.”
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Olga, London (3 years 2 months 5 days ago)

“I had a most enjoyable evening here the other night with a beautiful woman. We finished up here after closing all the other bars in the area and this bar had the right kind of atmosphere for us to carry on. It stays open late so it's popular with student, foreign visitors going out in the Leicester Square area and anyone who works in the hospitality industry. So quite an enjoyable mix of folk and a funky mix of music. £3.50 a piece or a bottle of beer - not bad for the area.”
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Barry Lashes, West Ham (10 years 6 months 11 days ago)

“Salvador and Amanda is the perfect place for any occasion. Tapas are great to share amongst a large group, the sangria is terrific, and the romantic atmosphere makes it great for a date. I highly recommend this place.”
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Jessica, London (10 years 10 months 15 days ago)

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“Great restaurant, very swanky, candlelit for us as a couple. Slightly keen to get your food out to you quickly for my liking, but overall a great place. Quite loud but its a nice atmosphere.”
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tom, london (11 years 24 days ago)

“i came here on a date and it was perfect for the first date nerves! the music was lively and the service was good. some of the tapas were quite expensive though and they forgot to bring one of the dishes i requested. all in all though, a good night and it's also really busy... so enough to distract us a little at those awkward moments of silence.”
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tuptim, london (11 years 2 months 8 days ago)

“Great bar to drop in for some tasty tapas and refreshing sangria. The highlight were some deliciously fresh scallops. The cave-like atmosphere gives the place a hidden feel even though Salvador and Amanda is in the West End - one of the busiest areas in London.”
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Harry, London (11 years 7 months 28 days ago)

“Have gone here a couple times and always have a good time. The atmosphere is great and so is the food. I recommend this bar & restaurant to all and don't forget to try the Sangria!!”
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Londoner, London (12 years 1 months 23 days ago)

“Food great staff really friendly great party feel about the place.”
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Amanda, harrow (12 years 4 months 11 days ago)

“Great party atmoshere. Wonderfully food, delicious cocktails. We will definitely be back!”
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Hannah Tuaca, London (13 years 5 months 7 days ago)

“I had my birthday party at this place and both my friends and I were so pleased with everything! The atmosphere, the drinks, the service, everything was great! We were there just for drinks but I hear the food is really good too. This place is definitely worth checking out.”
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cristinah, [ Unknown ] (17 years 8 days ago)

“Fantastically styled bar with smooth and professional service. Great food and drink selections available in a great looking and stylish surrounding.”
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Dave C, [ Unknown ] (17 years 3 months 7 days ago)

“Great Place great venue and fantastic music! Shame Eric Hall and his DJS4LIFE agency have left! They are the best new up and coming DJs in London anyone know where they are?”
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Kelly, [ Unknown ] (17 years 4 months 5 days ago)

“My friend and I had a lovely evening in this bar. The staff were great - all Spanish speakers (Spanish, Italian and Mexican) and the tapas were generous and tasty. Sadly, it wasn't very busy and the staff outnumbered customers so it looks like it may not last long. Catch it while you can.”
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Sam Walters, [ Unknown ] (17 years 4 months 9 days ago)

“first time in here since it changed from the Saint Bar, salvador is an improvement with a good atmosphere on a Friday night, but still very pricy. cocktails are strong, lots of ladies there as well!”
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tom, London (17 years 5 months 8 days ago)

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In keeping with the general feel, classic Spanish tapas will form the backbone of the menu. To reflect the overall nature of 'Salvador & Amanda' there will be dishes on a grilled based menu created to be a substantial meal in themselves.

Updated 02/12/2005


Salvador & Amanda offers a selection of drinks as well as wines and champagnes.

Updated 11/04/2005

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