- Telephone 0131 667 3600
- Bar open Mon–Fri noon–10pm; Sat noon–11pm. Closed Sun.
- Food served Mon–Fri noon–10pm; Sat noon–11pm. Closed Sun.
- Pre-theatre times Mon–Sat 5–7.30pm
- Average price £7.50 (set lunch); £15 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £15
- Website www.lasal.co.uk
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This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
Floor-shaking stamping, plaintive strains of Spanish guitar and passionate cries of ‘ole!’ might well accompany your meal at La Sal, thanks to regular performances from Alba Flamenca, the dance school next door to the restaurant. Formerly known as El Bar, this diminutive tapas joint was taken over by head chef and owner Carlos Pedrero in December 2012 and the menu offers a plethora of staple dishes such as jamon Iberico, Spanish omelette, chorizo, calamari and patatas bravas. More adventurous options include filling fabada (bean stew with pork shoulder), a somewhat stodgy calamares rellenos (baby squid stuffed with prawns, vegetables and egg) and, aptly, huevos a la flamenca (crisp potatoes, chorizo and egg sizzling in tomato sauce). For less adventurous appetites, steaks are also available. Almond tart makes a pleasing dessert accompanied by a smooth, rich ice-cream, although cheesecake comes with a somewhat unusual topping of strawberry jam. While the menu offers up few surprises, La Sal’s flamenco connection undoubtedly adds a charge to the atmosphere and it is worth seeking out on nights when performances are scheduled.
- High point: A novel take on dinner and dancing
- Low point: Menu doesn't quite match the energy of the entertainment
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
- Private dining: Up to 18 covers
- Provides: Children's portions, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Live music, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Flamenco music
- Capacity: 30
- Largest group: 18
- Open since: 2012
- House wine: £12.50 per bottle
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