The re-generation of Salford’s suburban areas has been in full swing for some time, with neighbourhoods like Monton and Worsley thriving. Irlam is now following suit. With its stunning and newly renovated railway station and increasing number of great places to eat and drink, understanding why people are flocking here is easy, and Las Bombas is among the big draws. A small plates setup taking a direct lead from one of the most vivid and intoxicating continents on the planet, which comes complete with a great outside terrace and summer garden.
Influenced by South and Central American food and culture, this beautifully designed tapas restaurant and bar is the brainchild of owner James Saadat. Having travelled across the continent, the proprietor and chef has gathered vast knowledge about local food, which he fuses together to create the menus. A vibrant and stylish spot inspired by the colours, cultures and cuisines in countries such as Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, and the southern Caribbean, think Crispy Salmon Tacos, Picanha Steak with Chimichurri, Carne Paella, Lamb Chimichanga, Tiger Prawns, Cod Fritters, and plenty more on offer for meat and fish lovers. Meanwhile, the vegetarian selection is equally vast, offering Beetroot Ceviche, Smoky Corn Ribs, and Miso Glazed Cauliflower Tacos, among other things.
Vegan and gluten free diners are more than welcome, too, and get menus of their own, with many of the main dishes transformed to suit intolerances, while the likes of Roquito Pepper Paella and Crispy Avocado Tacos are among the unique dishes for those swerving animal produce. Parties of nine or more are offered a wave-based ‘dining experience’, and there’s also a bottomless brunch to go at. All that aside, it’s also worth noting there’s a great bar in operation with imported beers and spirits from South America, a long list of sangrias and cocktails, and well-balanced selection of wines. Oh, and above the restaurant-proper you’ll find a quirky upstairs drinking den with live music and DJ sets, just in case the mood strikes.