Happy Hour Starts Early and Everyday 4pm! I get out of work around 3pm and its a pain to sit at a bar for two hours waiting for the drink specials to begin. Salud charges $5 for traditional mojitos, sangria, Caipirinhas , and martinis. I was expecting to swallow down at least four drinks with their $5 special. I WAS WRONG! Be warned their drink sizes are well portioned and the mix was not watered down. I order a mojito that came in a highball glass (filled to the top) my other two friends had a sangria and a mojito as well. I had only sipped about a fourth of my drink and I began to feel the alcohol. The wait staff came around at least three times to ask if we were ready for a 2nd round. Each time we politely refused. One of my girlfriends (who has a high tolerance) finally started a 2nd round and the two of us soon followed . It was a struggle, for two of the three, to finish our 2nd round of drinks. Eventually, one of us made it safely to her third round of drinks. Delicious, well balanced, but strong.
When we first arrived the place was pretty empty, since it was a few minutes after 4pm. Gradually the place began to fill up. The interior decorating was nice and reminded me of a Caribbean (not cheesy) villa. When we were first seated there was techno (translation = tech-NOOOOO! lol) music playing. Then it changed to salsa, merengue and bachata!!
I read others reviews about how the wait staff was unprofessional or neglectful. Not in our case. We sat at a table for four although we were three. One of the tables rocked so much that we almost lost our entire first round of drinks. I asked the waitress if she had anything to stabilize it more - don't get me wrong I've had my fair share of wobbly tables and never complain but this thing kept slanting at a very sharp angle with slightest touch. She quickly got a busboy and he removed all the flatware and our drinks, hoisted the table, and adjusted the leg to be leveled to the floor. We thanked them graciously!
Bathrooms were small and very dark --but hey i don't eat in there so no worries!
Since we were three, we stuck to the Prix Fixe Menu and decided to share. The food was pretty delicious. I strongly recommend La Faldita & the Bacalitos. The skirt steak was very tender and juicy! The sauce that came with the Bacalitos was amazing. Had i been home i would have used my hands to savor every drop. The ceviche was not great - SKIP IT!
For the 2nd course
We ordered Anticuchos, Gambas Ajillo, and Paellita. All three were excellent chocies. Again the steak was delicious -- it came skewered on a stick with veggies and cook just right. The shrimp was not chewy or tough, very tender and just the right amount of spice to it. The paella was not soggy, sticky, instead light.
We ordered the Flan, Rice Pudding, and Vanilla Ice Cream. Skip Them Seriously! The flan was very EGGY tasting, like an omelet. Maybe the dark yellow/amber color should have tipped me off right away! The rice pudding was nothing extraordinary. I could have easily found the same thing in my local supermarket from KOZY SHACK! The Vanilla ice cream came with a maraschino cherry in it and i never once tasted a hint of chocolate liqueur. Perhaps the strong taste of Sangria on my tongue prevented me from detecting minute traces of it.
Happy Hour drinks were AMAZING. FOOD generally taste very good. Staff was courteous, attentive, and polite. I read someone commenting on the attire. Exactly what the hell are you expecting?!? Should they be dressed like the Pilgrims or the characters on BIG LOVE?!? At a bar most female and men staff dress trendy and slightly provocative. Face the window if you can't stand the view!
Pros: Extra strong top shelf liquor
Cons: Tapas portion small & deserts mediocre