SquareMeal Review of Bar Salsa Temple
A turbocharged take on the Charing Cross Road original, this offshoot of Bar Salsa replaces the same owners’ vast Walkabout site on Victoria Embankment. Garish graphics, fake palms, straw sombreros and funky fiesta grooves create a riot of Rio Carnival kitsch, so bag a booth overlooking the action or hole up in the quieter gallery bar and separate cantina off the frenetic main hall. Fruity Caipirinhas, Mojitos and disco drinks appear on an affordable list of rummy rinses, punches, pitchers and tropi-cool cocktails such as house signature São Paulo Rude Boy – a garish cachaça, banana liqueur and blue Curacao sling. Otherwise, order Latino beers and easy-drinking Spanish/South American wines with tapas (nachos, gambas pil-pil, chicken taquitos) or trade up to Tex-Mex burgers, pork hock feijoada, quesadillas, steaks and salads served in tortilla baskets. Shake off that lot Ricky Martin-style on a dance floor that throbs until ‘las wee small horas’!