Step Nine: cook your own steak on a hot volcanic rock

9 Feb

Usually I try to avoid going out in Leicester Square, but Salvador and Amanda’s restaurant is an old favourite that I’ve been meaning to blog about. To enter you snake down the stairs which open up to a red-themed restaurant with low cande light, wooden huts and quirky décor you’d imagine in Salvador Dali’s house.

As a Spanish restaurant, most people go for the tapas and there’s a lot to choose from. You want to pick two or three dishes per person and share between you. I’d definitely recommend the grilled tomato bread drizzled with olive oil, green peppers with sea salt, red tuna carpaccio, king prawns in garlic, mini pan-fried chorizo from Leon and…well, the list goes on. You can’t really order wrong.

This time round though, we scrapped the idea of sharing and looked further down the menu to the Chuletón de Ternera a la Piedra. “Sizzling seared rib-eye steak on the bone, served on a hot volcanic rock” was the description. Did we want juicy, tender, meaty chunks of steak to cook on a sizzling hot-stone slab, on this cold winter’s day? Yes. We were instantly sold. And as you can see from the photo, Salvador’s didn’t disappoint.


It’s a restaurant that’s pretty flexible depending on your needs. Apart from dining for tapas and the sizzling steak, another selling point is their Happy Hour till 8pm, where house wine is £10 a bottle. On Tuesdays they have “Flamenco night” where you can watch flamenco dancers and guitar players. And on weekends you can bop round the back to cheesy and mainstream music on their small but inviting dance floor.

I’d recommend booking a table beforehand as it gets busy quickly, and if you’ve got a Tastecard they do 50% off food on weekdays.

To check out their menu, click here. And to visit their new branch that’s just opened in Bloomsbury, click here.

The details:

Location: 8 Great Newport Street, tube Leicester Square.

Opening times: Monday-Saturday, 5pm-2/3am

Price: tapas from around £5-10, steak for £13.50


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