Salvador's is Kunming's premier coffee house and offers a wide selection of homemade ice creams, fresh juices and western dishes. Salvador's is also home of the best 4-hour happy hour in town.
I became a vegetarian last year, and Sal's has been great for me. Some of my favorite dishes are the Mediterranean quesadilla, the falafel plate, huevos rancheros, the muesli bowl, and the avocado and beet sandwich. They're all killer.
In my experience, most of the staff are familiar with words on the menu, but if you get off it for special requests, it can be a bit trickier. There's usually at least one or two staff members on each shift who can handle more complicated English stuff.
In general, the wait staff has always been professional and friendly, even when busy.
It is a decent western restaurant, but I just feel it could be better. It is hard to put my finger on it, but food while good, isn't great. Nothing there really wows me. That said, I do regularly dine there.
I think where it misses the 5th star is, that the price doesn't quite meet the pretty good (yet not great quality food), and the generally horrendous service.
The staff doesn't really speak "waiter English", and often little things like bing shui are forgotten about completely. If anything goes wrong, it is really a challenge to communicate the problem with the staff.
This isn't meant to disparage Salvador's, but more attention to a few details could really up the quality of Sal's from pretty good to great.
+1 on the Steak Burrito, coffee, and fries - seems to be my standard diet here these days.
Don't forget - you can also order CHEESE of various kinds - if you're having difficulty buying cheese. I picked up 1 kg of fresh mozzarella last night, at a very competitive and reasonable price. Ground floor - as usual - NO SMOKING - so that worked out quite well, I believe.
Wait staff a little rough around the edges compared to previous generations of staff - cleaning and clearing tables - providing menus - the basics could use a refresher course - but aside from that - excellent service as usual.
Sir Chibbles is right! Sal's keeps on rockin year in and year out. Pumpkin soup with a jalapeño is king for killin those winter blues!
Pretty surprised no reviews in so long. It may be because everyone has come to expect consistency and class from this place. I have seldom seen a restaurant overseas that retains good employees for so long, which is a testament to management and teamwork.
The food is obviously one of the major consistencies too - good, solid standards and nice new takes on others. Still also a nice, early evening watering hole.
The fact that at least one of the owners is there the vast majority of the time, helping newcomers or oddly enough repairing computers, still amazes me.