Enjoy a rich selection of traditional Spanish dishes
at this rice cuisine restaurant run
by two men who are intimately familiar
with Spanish culture.
Sal y Amor opened in September 2012 on Hachiman Avenue in Daikanyama.
The adobe walls are decorated with traditional Talavera pottery from La Mancha, and the hall and kitchen ring with a never-ending flow of Spanish, making visitors feel as if they are enjoying the day in a little village in Spain.
Co-owners Victor Garcia and Kenta Miyazaki, in charge of in charge of service and cooking respectively, explained that they use Spanish to give people the feeling of being in Spain.
Garcia and Miyazaki met in Spain when they were both 22 years old when travelled there Garcia to study and Miyazaki had travelled there after falling in love with Spanish cuisine.
They met while working part-time at a Japanese restaurant in Madrid. Miyazaki first became interested in Spain after reading a magazine featuring Spanish cuisine. The cover page showed a photo of the owner of an old Spanish restaurant in Aoyama, El Castellano, and it just so happens that the man was Garcia's father.
Garcia and Miyazaki clicked instantly, and eventually decided to open Sal y Amor together.
Though Japan has a number of Spanish restaurants, Sal y Amor is Japan's first "arroceria," a type of restaurant that specializes in rice-based dishes.
Spain has a great variety of rice cuisine, not only the classic paella everyone knows. Garcia and Miyazaki hoped to teach people about those other dishes by opening a restaurant.
The menu always has more than ten rice-based items on it, including the moist rice caldero, made in a round, three-legged pot, and fideua, a paella-like dish made with pasta.
One popular dish is the rabbit and mushroom caldero, made with mountain vegetables. Big chunks of rabbit meat are infused with the rich aroma of porcini mushrooms to create an incredibly juicy example of rice cuisine.
Bit by bit the moisture evaporates, such that the flavour evolves as you eat, becoming even richer and more satisfying. Come to Sal y Amor and experience Spanish cuisine like you never have before.