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“Lacked atmosphere !”

Salou Cartagena de Indias
Ranked #62 of 669 Restaurants in Cartagena
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $25
Cuisines: Latin, Seafood, South American, Colombian, Caribbean, Peruvian, Fusion
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: Its menu is composed entirely of culinary creations made with love and passion for cooking equipment. A magical place in the fascinating city of Cartagena, the only goal is that all customers come to enjoy and relax. Fusion between Latin America and Asia is the essence of the restaurant. The perfect pairing with the selection of wines from our Sommelier .
Redondo Beach, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Lacked atmosphere !”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2012 via mobile

Went on Christmas Eve. Had high expectations. Ordered Mojitos from waitress, seems she forgot! Had to ask second waiter, which were excellent when they arrived! Food was great. Seaweed starter was fab! Tuna was also excellent. Husband had stuffed prawns, very tasty. The place lacked any spirit. It was Christmas Eve, I know, most spend it with their family, but they were open for business, and they did have paying customers. Could have tried a little harder. Observation. Owner/manager, not sure, was going to each table to ask the customers how was their meal. Except us! We thought, strange! So, nobody asked how our meal was or what we thought or Feliz Navidad!

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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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“Awesome food beautifully presented”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2012

Loved this restaurant. Everything was very fresh, artfully presented and tasted amazing. Not sure why we were the only ones eating except that maybe 7pm was considered early for Colombians. We were there on a random Tuesday night. Don't go to Cartagena without including this restaurant on your list of "must visit".

  • Visited December 2012
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Toronto
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59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Addictive in a good way!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2012

We were so taken with the menu here that we visited 4 times during an 11 day stay. The staff are extremely attentive, and we found the food quality and creativity very much to our liking...that said, we were stuck on both the seaweed salad and ceviche cremoso as starters during each of our visits...outstanding !.....one minor issue during our last visit....it was a very humid evening, and with the heat from the kitchen, it would have been sensible to turn on the A/C, as most of their competitors routinely do....all in all, an exceptional option for dining in Cartagena....highly recommended.

  • Visited December 2012
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Los Angeles, California
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366 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
“A Jewel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2012

This restaurant is a jewel and not a tourist trap like so many others in Cartegena. Chef Juan Ma is definitely on his way to becoming world class famous. His dishes are inventive, everything is special and delicious. You have to have the ceviche cremata which you will want to take home with you. The atmosphere in the restaurant is very comfy, not stuffy. The waiters are super sweet and the wine list extensive. We eat all around the world but we will not forget this experience.

Visited November 2012
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Los Angeles
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“Ceviche Cremosa is to die for!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2012

We wound up here by accident in meant-to-be serendipity. We had reservations at La Perla but the restaurant called our hotel to inform them that there was going to be a large party and this could interfere with a peaceful dinner. Scrambling at the last minute, our hotel was unable to book anything on their recommended list so we suggested Salou. The hotel did not seem inclined to recommend it but we pressed politely and sure enough they were able to secure a table.

And so began one of the most memorable fish/seafood dinners we have had in a very long time. To start, we had the ceviche cremosa. This dish alone is worthy of a chapter in a fine dining book. It is ceviche primarily in name only and the creation of brilliant chef/owner Juan Manuel (known as Juan Ma). It begins with fresh fish and shrimp as the base of the ceviche and then it veers into sheer genius. The cremosa part of the dish is a sour cream base, herbs and mozzarella. And if that was not enough, bacon and plantains are added. You have never tasted anything like it and sadly, you may never taste anything so delicious in this genre again.

After such a rich starter, we had a simple but perfectly pan-fried Caribbean sea bass (much different from Chilean sea bass) served over julienned veggies, and lagostino rellenos, which was five jumbo stuffed shrimp very lightly breaded and each topped with a different sauce. Both dishes were wonderful. We ordered coconut rice to accompany the main courses but this is not like any coconut rice you’ve ever had before.

Frequently throughout the meal, Chef Juan Ma came over to the tables and spent a good deal of time talking to us. His English is excellent. As it turns out he studied culinary arts in Vancouver at the urging of one of his mentors, the great Colombian chef Harry Sasson. We mentioned during one of the evening’s exchanges that this was our Thanksgiving dinner and a complimentary desert of crunchy wontons stuffed with arequipe (Colombian-style dulche de leche) and paired with homemade ice cream appeared, to top off a perfect evening.

And we thought it was the architecture and city walls that made Cartagena famous.

  • Visited November 2012
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