La Mollina,

18 Butcher Row,
SP1 1EP.
T: 01722 555888
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Not a particularly inspiring tapas bar in the middle of Salisbury with a step onto Market Square and a high threshold onto Butcher's Row. No specified disabled WCs but those on the ground floor do have level access though no space for a wheelchair.

A fairly limited, standard, lunch menu with no specials was augmented for us by the evening menu as most of the lunch dishes couldn't be considered wheat-free.

There was some interesting artwork on the wall from local college students.

Service was good with lots of reference between the waiting staff and the kitchen. The majority of the dishes were served in a metal 'tower' dish holder which reduced the footprint of the dishes on the table whilst keeping everything readily to hand.

Food :

  • Aceitunas Mixtas was a generous portion of mixed marinated olives.
  • Escalibada was more like ratatouille than the oil marinaded strips of Mediterranean vegetables expected but was good nonetheless.
  • Patatas Bravas were simple sautéed potatoes with a not particularly interesting lightly spiced tomato sauce.
  • Tortilla was a fairly ordinary example of the genre but made a good background to the other dishes.
  • Pollo al Limon y Ajillo was pleasant with the sauce flavours nicely balanced and sitting lightly on the chunks of chicken.
  • Chorizo in red wine was good although the sausage was a little dry and personally I prefer it cooked in cider.
  • Lomo was fairly ordinary strips of pork, cooked through with a light paprika sauce.
  • Pil-pil prawns were juicy with a good belt of chilli.
  • The sardines were excellent, simply cooked and served.
  • Paella mixta was hardly a classic of that dish but was pleasant enough.

A bottle of the House Rioja was acceptable as was the coffee.

At just under £60 for 10 dishes and a bottle of wine it was pretty good value and was pleasant enough with pretty good service.

Finding reasonably accessible eateries, of any quality, who can handle my wheat allergy well, in Salisbury, is tricky so, although not the best or most original, tapas we've ever eaten, we will be back.