Walking into Shanghai Salsa makes one feel like stepping into a different world altogether like walking onto the sets of ‘Once Upon a Time in Mexico’ and the like, you would half-expect a mariarchi band to serenade you while eating.Dimmed lighting, state-of-the-art sound system and an extensive menu makes for a complete dining experience. The brain child of Samudra P Baruva, Seemanta Baruah and Samujjal P Baruva, Shanghai Salsa is essentially a grill kitchen with a few wok selections.
The menu boasts of Pan Asian food with Spanish influences. Start off your meal with a mocktail, I recommend the Shanghai Salsa Sling, refreshing and the perfect start to any meal. There is a whole list of bite sized veg and non-veg appetizers to choose from. The Tortilla Nachos are crunchy and comes with a delightful salsa.
You can also try the Grilled Wings, succulent and juicy or the Quesidilla, tortilla filled with a savory mixture. However if you are looking to try something different we suggest you try the Dim Sum, bite sized meat balls steamed in bamboo boxes, juicy and full of flavor, it is available in pork, chicken and seafood.
Moving on to the soups and salads, the menu has interesting salads and soups for the health conscious. Try the Red kidney Soup or the Cilantro Lime, unique to this menu. Cilantro Lime made with simple chicken broth, a hint of cilantro and lime is a great palate cleanser before indulging in the main course.
For the main course, you may choose from Platters, Grill or Wok items. Apart from popular items like Grilled Lamb Chops, Roasted Pork Ribs, Mix Grill, they also have Burritos, Fajitas, Yakitori, Shitake Stir Fry and more to appeal to different palates. The Fish Normandy is a star, seabass simmered with fish fumet and thickened with cheese and cream severed on a bed or rice or noodles. All platters come with accompaniments making the proportions just right for a filling meal.
The Grill section is extremely enticing, I recommend the Piri Piri, made from crushed chillies, lemon juice and oregano. The meat is tender and the sauce is full of flavor with a hint of spice, perfect with rice or noodles. And if you want to try something oriental, then you can take your pick from the Wok items, you can choose from Thai, Cambodian, Filipino and Burmese flavors. To accompany your meat, pick from a variety of rice and noodles items. My recommendation would be the Panfried Noodles for the noodle lover and for those who prefer rice, be sure to try the mixed herb steamed rice.
The menu also offers a range of sandwiches and burgers, if you are looking for something light; their signature dish is the Shanghai Salsa Burger.
Address: House No – 37, 1st Floor, Hatigarh Chariali, Zoo Narengi Road, Guwahati
By Meeta Borah | Photos – Dipankar Saikia