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 like Salvadors. If you can find a smoke free area, then the atmosphere is really nice. Salvadors has wonderful drinks. As I mentioned in my review of the Silver Spoon, I love Chai, and the Chai at Salvadors will not disappoint.
My biggest complaint is that their food is somewhat bland. They pride themselves on their Mexican cuisine, but even their fresh salsa has little flavor. With that said, I'm Texan, and we have more specific tastes for Mexican food than people from some places and I've had people tell me that they really like their salsa. Despite being somewhat bland in my opinion, I still find myself getting the Mexican breakfast more often than not. I do wish they used fresh tortillas though as the ones that they do use (on this as well as other menu items) are often flaky and a little crispy (possibly from being stale? It's hard to tell).
Salvadors should be highly recommended for their ice cream though! It's really, really good.
Overall, I like the atmosphere, think the main food items that I've had were mediocre, but love the ice cream. Some seem to rate these Western cafes and restaurants as compared to establishments in Europe, England and America. I prefer to rate based on their comparison to other Kunming establishments, and as such Salvadors is worth four stars in my opinion.
You are right! I have changed it to a 4. But I have yet to get sick at Salvador's. The rating at Silver Spoon still holds. To make food and leave it out all day is just not Kosher! And then they have the nerve to complain about my complaint - rather than trying to change anything! At least Salvador's is open and receptive about complaints - and they are considering losing the WiFri. (When you start to develop Alzheimer's you might also agree.) Peace!
I have been patronizing this place more recently - I started mainly because I heard a rumor they were going to get rid of their WiFri (your brain), but it has yet to happen. Having said that, I have become addicted to the burritos, which from my experience so far, I would say are the best in Kunming. When they do get around to doing away with the WiFri, I hope that they also make it a non-smoking establishment (or at least in the mornings and afternoons) since it is extremely annoying to non-smokers to have smoke blowing over to where they are sitting when they are trying to enjoy their food. Yes, definitely take Mulga's advice on doing away with the WiFri (your brain). I concur!
Permit an open question to 'prd34'. You recently awarded The Silver Spoon Cafe a zero rating. But, here, with its WiFi and cigarette smoke that you complain about, you give five stars. I'm wondering if that was a mistake -- because there's hardly any chance of an improvement with a 'five'.
The upper deck is a bit dark but the atmosphere is okay for friendly talking but not surfing internet through Wi-fi. Music is good and not too loud (unlike Vintage) and good choices of light music rather than songs and mind-blowing hip-hop music. My suggestion is to set up a smoke-free corner but it could be difficult as I noted that 80% of the customers smoke in the cafe!!! It is too dark to read a book in the upper deck as the lighting is dim!!! It is because the cafe is "long" while other cafes (e.g. Vintage, Prague and Mazagran) are "wide" (if you get what I mean). However, it is a good place for friendly gathering and talking.
My family and i really enjoy Salvadors. The food is good and generally consistent which is not always easy to find in China. The coffee is also good as is the icecream .More importantly the beer is cold!
For those new to Kunming i would take some reviews about poor service from Salvadors with a grain of salt. You are now living in Jamaica and nothing happens in a hurry. Just try doing business here! My family and i find the service good by Chinese standards and if you happen to get
forgotten ask the girls and they will try and fix the problem.
One complaint: what the bloody hell happened to the wasabi chicken and mushroom bagel melt!
Advice: (for what its worth), get rid of wifi so all the tables aren't taken up by individuals cruising the net and sitting on a cup of coffee all afternoon.
Thought: Have taken an interest in the food and drink reviews. Have noticed that Bernie is not backward in coming forward with complaints about restuarants. Would
be good to know what and where you do like Bernie.