Salou Restaurant

Enjoy a Saucy Mix of Flavours at Salou

Spaniards thinking Salou Restaurant is a culinary shortcut to Spain will be disappointed, you are not going to find patatas bravas or tortilla here.

  • This Is What We Love

    • Licking our plate clean with our tongue. The homemade sauces are worth writing home about
    • Going all out with the five course set menu with wine pairing. The wine list is top-notch, thanks to the owner’s sommelier experience
    • Keep room for dessert—the arequipe and nuttella dumplings are worth breaking the diet for
  • What You Need To Know

    • Salou is closed on Sundays
    • It’s not cheap, but if you go at lunchtime there is a wallet-friendly lunch of the day option
    • Salou has capacity for 65 people. If you would like to organise a private dinner event here please contact our reservations team: tables@ticartagena.com
  • The Details

    Type of Food: Colombian Fusion

    Hours and Days: Mon-Sat: 12:30-15:00 & 16:00-23:00 ?

    Price Range: $$$

    Address: Playa de la Artilleria 36-86, Cartagena, Colombia

    Neighbourhood: Centro

    Rating: TIC User Rating

    Rating: Trip Advisor

  • THE LOWDOWN

    Our Full Review

    The name Salou, stems from the Latin notion of 'relax', which is all to easy do in this establishment. The staff are friendly, the walls are sunny yellow and the wine list makes you fuzzy on the inside.

    The owner, Oscar Marulanda, bases the menu around this motif. The kitchen offers fancy dishes served in a fuss-free way. Portions are big and built for sharing, so leave your pretence at the door and tuck in.

    The menu is split evenly between surf and turf specialities that jump between Latin America and Asia.

    You can get classic Colombian food anywhere, when dining at Salou it pays off to be daring and choose the fusion dishes. We think you’ll find sweet plantain stuffed inside croquettes with a slather of Suero a lot more inspired than the slimy slabs of banana you get in many other local eateries.

    Same goes for Posta Cartagena. We’re are all too used of the overly sweetened sticky meat with rice. We love it, but it can get tiresome. Salou seems to understand the meaning of keeping things fresh. Here, the kitchen shreds the meat, so it’s not so tough, before pocketing silky slithers of marinated beef into spring rolls.

    True to any fine-dining restaurant in Cartagena worth its mustard, Salou offer a seriously strong ceviche line up. With eight different varieties it’s almost too difficult to pick one out of the bunch, especially as many of them are unique signature cocktails.

    We thought we were seasoned experts in the ceviche tasting game, but even the Costeños at the table were stumped by the tried pesto and pear ceviche option (FYI: it’s delicious). Citrus chasers will fall hard for the sesame oil and Asian sauce (our personal fave). Although, those you crave more consistency might be partial to the Ceviche Cremosa, made with sour cream, mozzarella and plantain.

    It would be a crime to write anything about this place without applauding the sauces in this joint. These guys don’t litter your table with bottles of ready made chilli sauce. Every drizzle of liquid is created in-house, from the ‘asian’ sauce, made with 16 ingredients, to the tongue-tingling mayonnaise, passion fruit and mint salsa to dip your complimentary chips into.

    Don’t let the classic colonial setting fool you, Salou sets itself apart from the rest of the crowd by offering a nuanced dining experience to old city dwellers and visitors, who can sample a variety of exotic flavour mash ups you can’t find anywhere else.

    Salud Salou!

LOCATION & MAP

  • Centro

    Cartagena's nerve centre serves up breathtaking colonial architecture, the city's top attractions, finest hotels, eateries and drinking dens as well as being the administrative and cultural heart of the city. 

    Centro has lost none of its importance thanks to the universal lure of its colonial pomp and the concentration of government buildings, hotels, tourist attractions, bars and restaurants in the area. 

    Cartagena's finest hotels and restaurants have taken over the uber-casas built by slave traders and Spanish plunderers in the 17th century. 

    The richest residents knocked up stunning two and three-storey mansions by the westernmost tip of the walled city, where they bagged the sea breeze and first whiff of pirates. Today only those at the very top of Colombia's rich list can afford to maintain these opulent houses in their original residential state.


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