Australian celebrity chef and restaurateur Luke Mangan’s Salt brand group of eateries is growing and growing. Salt already has a presence in Singapore, with the Salt Grill & Sky Bar, but it’s with Mangan’s Salt Tapas & Bar that Mangan is experimenting with a tapas dining concept. Salt Tapas & Bar can be found at Raffles City SC along North Bridge Road, and shares the same philosophy that informs all of Mangan’s Salt ventures – the freshest ingredients from his home in Australia and from around the world, impeccably prepared and presented with inventive, contemporary twists.
World-renowned Australian chef Luke Mangan has an enviable resumé. Beginning his career under the tutelage of Hermann Schneider at Melbourne, Australia’s Two Faces restaurant, Mangan quickly came into his own. A stint with Michel Roux at London’s 3-Michelin-starred Roux propelled him into the premier league of international chefs. Mangan’s group of Salt eateries includes Singapore’s Salt Grill & Sky Bar, Salt Grill at Hilton Surfers’ Paradise, a Salt Grill in Jakarta, Salt & World Wine Bar in Tokyo, Salt Grills on P&O ocean liners, as well as the mojo wine bar and glass brasserie in Sydney, and on board of Virgin Australia business class. . This award-winning galaxy is joined by Mangan’s second Singapore venture, Salt Tapas & Bar at Raffles City SC along North Bridge Road.
For Singapore’s Salt Tapas & Bar, Mangan has recruited interior designer James Wijaya of Metaphor to create a space that distinctively melds modern Spanish aesthetics and a down-to-earth Australian atmosphere. Raw brick, mirrors, tiles, and antique lighting inhabit Salt Tapas & Bar’s eye-catching flatiron premises at the base of Raffles City SC on North Bridge Road, combining to create the perfect place to share a casual, delicious tapas experience with friends. Ingredients are sourced under the supervision of Mangan, whose tastes run to homegrown delicacies such as oysters from Australia’s Coffin Bay, Pittwater, and Morton Bay. Mangan’s drinks inventions, such as his signature cocktail – The Australian – and his own take on sangria are the perfect complement to the popular concept of tapas dining: a la carte and set menu selections of delectable bite-sized finger foods that never forgo the quality you’d expect from the most upscale restaurant.
My second visit to this wonderful restaurant. Great service, fantastic food. Every meal was expertly executed and presented. Everything, and I mean everything (which is very rare), is perfect. From Steak to hummus to Churros, everything was perfect. Our previous visit was equally impressive. Although I must say, we have had better Paella and Lamb Kafta elsewhere in Singapore. We had a great evening with friends, thank you very much.
Great food, ambience and drinks! Small portions but filling enough. The staffs were very accommodating too. Toilet smells fresh. The place is perfect for a simple gathering with friends. Will surely be back!
Sangria was the best! And so are the tapas. Churros was also good Second time at this restaurant! Would recommend and return again for sure.
Fantastic vibe food and service, the staff made us very welcome with our two year old. Loved the grilled tuna and the beef cheak. Will be back.
We passed Salt one night at about 10pm and it seemed lively with lots of people drinking outdoors. So we booked next night for 9pm. I should mention that it was not the latest time-slot on the online booking form. We ordered a bottle of wine and several dishes and settled in for a relaxed meal. The food came out a bit quicker than we had hoped but although the serves were not large (they were meant for sharing) the food itself was good. About 9.45 we were asked if we wanted any more drinks, as they bar was about to close. We were rather surprised but still had half our bottle left. My partner ordered dessert which came at lightening speed. Shortly afterwards the bill was presented to my husband and the waitress stood by his side, waiting. He passed it across to me, at which point she quickly relocated to my right side where she remained waiting. It was obvious I was to pay the bill immediately. Normally you have a chance to peruse the bill but not in this case! It took me a while to locate my small bag, as it was under the table. All the while she waited! I quickly pulled out my credit card and she left to process it and return it to me . We promptly drank the remains of our wine and left. It was only when we got back to our hotel did I remembered that I had intended using my remaining Singapore currency as we were flying home the next day! Unfortunately the unprofessional treatment we received at the end of the evening has influenced the review I have written. In most other reviews the focus has been on the food! Management would be wise to improve their staff practices, as this can be impact on the impression that diners take away .
Atmosphere was really good for winding down the day with coupla friends. Was actually meeting up with a client there to discuss some things, but turns out, was a tad bit too noisy and we had to talk somewhat slightly louder. Perhaps they should consider tweaking down their volume by just a notch then we might not need to talk so loud. Pricings wise, was on the high side, given that the portions were really really small. Yes, although we were going for tapas, but the restaurant should consider either lowering prices or increasing portion size. Quality of food is as per expected with flavourings just right to match with the beers we had. Servers were prompt but not overly on your heels to keep asking if we were ok with foods and drinks. They know just about when to appear and make themselves scarce when not required.
The food was all pretty good, some was delicious. The chilli S&P squid was crispy and a good match with yuzu mayo. The pork sliders with julienned apple were juicy, sweet and tasty, The scallops w pancetta were fab, our favourite dish, but we thought not such a good match with the corn salsa which had a curry flavour. The haloumi, chickpea, tomato, onion etc salad with tahini dressing was quite small but delicious. Potato and jamon croquettes were probably the least favourite dish, but the basil dip was great. We took advantage of the happy hour drinks - it's a VERY long happy hour with pricing starting from lunch time! Service is the weak point. Our scallop dish was forgotten. When we enquired the waiter told us we hadn't ordered the scallops. We were surprised as he had repeated our five dishes ordered back to us, with the scallops included! We both thought he was very rude! The place only had about 6 table occupied as were there early evening before heading to a show. Service did NOT reflect this, with staff meandering around, sometimes running past my chair, but not refilling glasses etc. Avoid the bathrooms at all costs! One of the toilet doors had fallen off its tracks and was hanging over the toilet. The bathroom has 2 unisex toilets. When I went into the bathroom our waiter acknowledged me as I walked past him (nice, I thought). But then he came in to the bathroom while I was mid-stream in the toilet - to start fixing the door. Given there were about 12 people in the bar, I was incredulous that he didn't wait 30 seconds. The toilets stank of urine! It was all over the floor around the toilet. There was a sizable cockroach sitting on the spare toilet roll. Very wisely, my friend waited to use the restrooms at the show venue. I've been here for lunch and dinner and I think that's probably where I'll leave it after two substandard experiences. Such a shame as I do like most of the food!
In 2017 we were in Singapore for a few days and found this place, now a year later we are once again in Singapore and had to have a meal here again. To our pleasant surprise the same waiter that served us last time was there and served us again! ( sorry we forgot your name) The food is very nice, nothing is heavy or stodgy, and the combinations of meals are a delight to eat. We like to pick and mix. If we are passing again in a years time or later we will definitely stop by again. It's definitely our favorite restaurant away from home.
It's was a great experience . This restaurant feels like a fun and yet romantic place to bring your date to . The food portion was just right . Not too much nor was it too little. Just the right size for sharing with my date . Ps: this is great too if u wana have a more romantic moment with your date :p The servers , manger and even the plate cleaners were all so friendly . Service was top notch . Full marks :)) Another thing , the liquorice parfait was really superb . Thank you for the wonderful experience :)
Salt Tapas & Bar is an excellent place for lunch, dinner or drinks. I have been there several times for different occasions and have found the staff to be accommodating and friendly. I will definitely be going back. The prices are reasonable too, especially the set lunch menu.