Last week, Ciaran and I decided we were long over due for a fun little date night. With so many restaurants, cocktail bars and hidden gems in London, it can be hard to narrow down where to go. We both had a look on Late Night London for some inspiration, a brand new website dedicated to helping you choose where to go on a night out based on what location you want to be in, what type of place you want, what the occasion is, what you’d like to do when you get to said destination, what type of music you want to hear and most importantly, who you’re going to be with. It’s a handy little website that works wonders when you’re in a rut. Try it out, you won’t be disappointed!
After entering in all of our criteria, we landed upon a few suggestions and Salvador & Amanda stood out to us both. A quaint Spanish-inspired tapas restaurant was exactly the vibe we were going for and Salvador & Amanda couldn’t have been more perfect for our Thursday evening out. Located on Great Newport Street, just a stone’s throw from Leicester Square station, we headed down the stairs into an atmospheric candlelit cave with rich leather booths and a bustling dance floor. It definitely has a Spanish fiesta vibe to it!
Salvador & Amanda specialises in handcrafted cocktails and delicious Spanish tapas with authentic ingredients. They always have specials on too, including Happy Hour everyday where you can choose from two happy hour cocktails for £10, four bottles of beer for £10 or a bottle of house white or red wine/litre of Sangria for just £11! You can watch the art of flamenco every Wednesday and Thursday at 8pm, which was so much fun for us to see!
We kicked off our evening with an Old Fashioned and an ‘Amanda’s Passion’ a sweet aperitif made with Stoli vanilla, Seville orange marmalade, lemon juice and Cava. It was the perfect drink to unwind with. We had a look over the tapas menu, which has fabulous options for everyone at wallet-friendly prices. The service is fantastic and our waiter gave us some fantastic recommendations for what to order.
Juicy pan fried king prawns with garlic and chilli.
Grilled Iberico pork secreto with confit potatoes and Pedro Ximenez sauce. It was cooked and seasoned very well.
Calamari with aioli was lovely, but a tad overcooked.
I loved the Chorizo lollipops with quince aioili – light and crispy on the outside and smokey on the inside. They tasted great with the aioli.
We also ordered the Patatas Bravas that came with a spicy tomato sauce and aioli, which overwhelmed the dish slightly and sautéed mushrooms on toasted brioche.
All of the dishes were perfect for sharing and I think that Salvador & Amanda is the ideal spot for a fun dinner out with friends! All around us there were big groups celebrating and enjoying the start to the weekend.
The Flamenco show was about to start, so we ordered another round of cocktails as per our waiter’s suggestion.
The Costa Dorada made with vodka, Malibu, midori, cranberry and pineapple for Ciaran and a really lovely Spanish Martini made with vodka, licor 43, lemon juice, an egg white and a dash of white chocolate on the top. The Spanish Martini was fabulous! If you’re interested in creating your own cocktails, try these fantastic moscow mule recipes; a great place to start. To top off our evening, we enjoyed a cheeky treat of Churros dipped in chocolate for dessert.
When are churros ever bad?
The Flamenco dancing and live music was brilliant! It was such a fun way to end our evening. Everyone was enjoying the Spanish music and the restaurant had such a lively vibe.
The verdict: Salvador & Amanda is the perfect spot to come with friends for cocktails, wine and tapas. It’s not super expensive and the food and drinks are lovely. The service is top notch, all of the waiters were super friendly and attentive! They gave us great suggestions for what to order too. Sometimes service in London can be disappointing and it’s really nice to find a restaurant where the servers have a smile on their face! The entertainment is awesome and something a little bit different to experience! I’ll definitely be back with a group of girlfriends soon!
8 Great Newport St, London WC2H 7JA
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