This thread was created to discuss the venue: Salt (Formerly Bar 38)
Posted 1st Jan 2000 12:00am by AutoBot
38 reasons to drink here...
1: Trendy, light, airy (sp?) bar in the heart of Cardiff bay.
2: Good selection of beers and wine to suit all tastes and pockets.
3: excellent location overlooking the water.
4:Big windows make it excellent for people watching if that is your kind of thang.
5: Good mix of customer from the trendy 20 something bay resident all the way over to your valley pensioner after a ginger ale and a sit down.
6: plenty of seating including a couple of nice comfy booths that could quite easily swallow a man whole with their big red sofas.
7: Seperate toilets but a communal Ally McBeal style (so i have been told) wash area. Unique in cardiff as far as I know?
8: I haven't tried the food but the menu looks really good. A good range of light meals with some mains thrown in.
9: Close to the cash point (can you tell I am running out?)
10: Bar staff are usually friendly but sometimes a little over worked - it can get fairly busy on Friday and Saturday nights.
11: Cool name.
12: Upstairs balcony that is very very nice in the summer. Unfortunately it is not always open to the public.
13: close to the cash point...
Enough already I hear you cry. Okay, but this is a really nice place and equally good for a night out with mates as a relaxing drink with your significant other.
Posted 11th Apr 2003 1:52pm by Mark
First Visit to Salt
I recently had my first meal here since it's changed hands. The menu was varied and everything we ordered was really good. This was a weekday visit for lunch so I've yet to see if the rush hour problems often encountered at Bar 38 have been solved.
Posted 13th Jan 2004 12:31pm by lizzie
I have given this bar many chances at both busy and quite times and have decided it is not worth anybody's time or money!
The last occasion was the worst. Bank holiday weekend at 3:30. 2 bar staff downstairs, one upstairs. (they were clearly under alot of pressure and were rude and abrupt because of it... I'm sure this is not their fault and is a management problem.)1 hour waiting time for food, which was disgusting. toilets filthy with no toilet paper, communal sink hardly works and most hand driers faulty.
shame because the layout is bright and fresh, but i definitely wont be wasting my money there again.
Posted 5th May 2004 9:14am by yabayee
Posted 2nd Aug 2004 12:34pm by blahblah
I have been to Salt on few of the busiest sunny days this year and have found the service to be excellent. They offer full table service, even if you are only in there for a drink. Some how it doesn’t matter if you drink takes over 5 minutes to arrive (which it rarely seems to) if you can relax in the sunshine. And I have also noticed that several items on the menu are the same as Terra Nova but for a few £’s cheaper, strange but true. All in all, well worth a visit.
Posted 5th Aug 2004 12:22pm by blahblah
Posted 5th Aug 2004 12:24pm by blahblah
I think it should be more along the lines of 38 reasons why NOT to drink here. I've been there a few times and the service is appaling. How can a bar and restaurant the size of Salt possibly run, on a gorgeous bank holiday weekend with 3 people at the helm? We waited an hour and a half for the food which was nothing special and over-priced. More irritatingly than that is the type of clientele that it seems to attract in their droves. It's full of wannabe footballers wives types constantly screeching to each other. A relaxing and chilled place to drink this is not. I can't not recommend it enough
Posted 25th Mar 2005 3:49pm by Beth
Rubbing salt into the wounds!
It could be so great. On paper it seems perfect. Great site, great décor, Great menu.
If fact it's terrible. The staff don't give a damn. The food is tasteless, over cooked and dry. The chips came out cold. Eventually I gave up trying to attract some staff and took them up to the bar and asked for some hot chips. With a shrug they took them off me - and ambled away. We'd eaten our meals by the time a waitress came out with them and then wondered about trying to work out whose they were, If she'd raised her eyes she would have seen me waving and nodding. But no. I had to go up to her.
Eventually I had to go to the till to ask for my bill.
OK you say - sometimes the staff get rushed off their feet and miss things. The saddest thing was there were only 3 tables with people on and the staff probably out numbered the punters.
The Giant Onion Rings - looked so great and tempting - once again wrong. They were all grease and no flavour. Ironic - considering the name of the place!
Posted 21st Sep 2009 5:46pm by great2cyou