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Salvador and Amanda

Restaurants, Spanish Covent Garden
4 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)
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Time Out says

This tapas bar in Covent Garden serves Iberian fare, from the classics – patatas bravas, serrano ham and salted almonds, say – to more imaginative dishes such as chorizo lollipops, mackerel salad with onion and capers or artisan crisps with green chillies. There is a buzzy, party vibe, complemented by a range of global wines and cocktails as well as occasional flamenco shows.



Address: 8 Great Newport St
Transport: Tube: Leicester Sq/Covent Garden
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4 out of 5 stars

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Coming in after an afternoon performance of INK, which was at a nearby theatre, my friend and I decided to try out the Pre-Theatre Menu at Salvador & Amanda. My friend had been before but this was my first time and I was instantly captured by the entrance and interior decor.

Walking down the stairs to reach the main restaurant was quite unique, as it resembled walking into a wine cellar. This was apt considering the walls were rock-like and the dim and red lighting added to the atmosphere. We were seated at a two person table, which I thought was small at first but turned out to be just fine when our food and drink arrived.

We both had the Pre-Theatre Menu, which requires a minimum of two people to be ordered. This is because the tapas dishes are shared between two, given their portion size.

The starter course consists of a Bread Basket served with olive oil and balsamic vinegar with a few slices of Cured Meats and Cheeses. I enjoyed this because there were different types of bread in the basket and the olive oil had a great flavour. The cured meat was average in taste but I did like that it wasn’t overly fatty with oil streaks and the cheese was tasty!

For our tapas, we went with the following:

  1. Crispy Squid with Aioli – A familiar dish of deep-fried battered squid served with some homemade aioli on the side. I liked how large the pieces of squid were and how the batter was well fried, making it really crispy – a good crunch! 
  2. Spanish Meatballs in a rich Tomato Sauce – This was an unfamiliar Spanish tapas dish for me but I’m so glad we ordered! They reminded me of Italian meatballs but obviously with more of a Spanish touch. It was not herb-y but still held lots of flavour in the sauce. The meatballs were generously portioned and one order came with four, which was nice to share out between the two of us. I enjoyed the sauce so much that I used some of the leftover bread from the basket to dip into it! 
  3. Spanish Omelette – A traditional Spanish tapas dish and normally quite dense because of the potatoes. Although it was nice, I wasn’t able to finish it because of this and I’ve definitely had better Spanish Omelette elsewhere.
  4. Piquillo Peppers stuffed with Pisto and Manchego – A tweak on something traditional, this was also a dish I’d never tried before. It was interesting, as it was flavourful, filled with different textures, and not overpowering in taste. 
As part of the Pre-Theatre Menu, there is a Dessert Selection For Two. This comprised of three different desserts:
  1. Churros – A typical Spanish dessert, these were dusted with icing sugar and coated in cinnamon sugar. Pleasant tasting but slightly dry.
  2. Chocolate Layer Cake – This was rather enjoyable as it had different layers and textures but I didn’t have more than a bite because it had cream in it and I am not a fan of cream in my cakes.
  3. Lemon Cake – My favourite dessert on the selection, this was delightful! It was light, refreshing, and had a great texture. It had a great crust on top, which made it crunchy and a moist interior.

Overall, it was a lovely experience! I enjoy Spanish food and this was a great way to reminisce on my summer holidays in Spain. As a Spanish tapas meal can typically be, it was rather dense and heavy, given our choices of tapas and the inclusion of a dessert platter. However, it was enjoyable because the quality and portion size of the food was good. The service was also great – our waitress was very friendly and accommodating!


The best thing about my experience at Salvador and Amanda? Watching my boyfriend blush and squirm as he is teased and conversed by the extraordinary, bizarre and playful characters that roam the restaurant as you eat.

Salvador offers a unique dining experience with different themed nights throughout the week so you can always expect something a bit different. 

Fire artists, gymnasts, singers, magicians- it really is fun!

The food and service are very good, fairly priced for Covent Garden too which makes the night out better ( and a bit hazy from the cheap Sangria and Happy Hour Cocktails!). Recommend the ribs they fall off the bone and in a really nice boozy sauce.

The service is slow sometimes due to its popularity. Wouldn't recommend it for your Gran's birthday, unless she's not telling you everything about her flapper days! ;)

Go experience it - be teased, tantalised, tipsy and thrilled!

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