Friday, 27 March 2009
Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay [map]
You may not be able to read it in this photo but the subtitle of Salt (as if a bar needs a subtitle) is, "The essential ingredient."
It's the sort of meaningless, twee nonsense that makes you want to scoop your own eyes out with a rusty tin. Still, we continued inside, eyeballs intact. We are, after all, professionals.
Good to see the 45 prominently positioned. Not quite sure whether that's a selection of savoury nuts or breakfast cereals behind the bar. Frankly, we don't want to find out.
The view of the ground floor from bar right. Not very happy about the seating arrangements. Choose from a tiny table for two or that lengthy sofa by the stairs, on which you're forced to sit bolt upright.
And all that wasted space. The whole thing's a beige-tinged shambles.
In amongst the banister, there's a second, smaller bar upstairs, along with further uncomfortable seating.
We're just not sure what Salt is for. Given the glut of bars around here, one thing it's not is the essential ingredient - whatever the signage may boast.