Due to a family emergency, Salsa Latina will be closed for Memorial Day week.

We will re-open on May 31





Hours of operation


Monday Closed.

Tuesday & Wednesday 4 pm to 9 pm

Thursday 11:30 am to 9 pm

Friday & Saturday 11:30 am to 10 pm

Sunday 11:30 am to 9 pm

Last seating is one hour before closing.

Reservations strongly suggested
for parties of four or more on the weekends.

Lunch served Thursday, Friday & Saturday
From 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM.

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Salsa Latina In The News

Salsa Latina Featured on Fox News!

June 9, 2011
Puerto Rican Day Parade: The Food: MyFoxNY.com


Salsa Latina featured in Mycentraljersey.com

February 5, 2010

CENTRAL JERSEY The essence of Latin cuisine is found not only in the flavors and spices they hold, but also in the passion many of its cooks have for entertaining and extending hospitality.

“She puts a lot of love into all this food,” said Juan Carrillo, co-owner of Salsa Latina, about Carolyn Carrillo, his partner and chef at the restaurant that features Puerto Rican cuisine and somehow imparts the atmosphere of Old San Juan in the Park Plaza Mall in Matawan, on the Old Bridge border.

Carolyn Carrillo also decided to share her deep love of her own food culture, originating in Puerto Rico, where she was born, and nurtured as she helped her mother cook for her large family of seven siblings in Newark. After settling in the Matawan/Old Bridge area, she was working in the fashion industry when she realized it was time to open her own restaurant featuring authentic Puerto Rican cuisine.

Read the entire article by Lois Heyman here

Salsa Latina in Asbury Park Press



Love those Latin flavors By LOIS HEYMAN STAFF WRITER
December 13, 2009 Asbury Park Press

THE ESSSENCE of Latin cuisine is found not only in the flavors and spices they hold, but also in the passion many of its cooks have for entertaining and extending hospitality.

“She puts a lot of love into all this food,” said Juan Carrillo, co-owner of Salsa Latina, about Carolyn Carrillo, his partner and chef at the restaurant that features Puerto Rican cuisine and somehow imparts the atmosphere of Old San Juan in the Park Plaza Mall in Matawan, on the Old Bridge border.

Carolyn Carrillo also decided to share her deep love of her own food culture, originating in Puerto Rico, where she was born, and nurtured as she helped her mother cook for her large family of seven siblings in Newark. After settling in the Matawan/Old Bridge area, she was working in the fashion industry when she realized it was time to open her own restaurant featuring authentic Puerto Rican cuisine.

The strip mall restaurant came equipped with a kitchen, but the Carrillos imprinted the space with a genuinely tropical feel as they redecorated with palm trees, art and artifacts of the island and a mural invoking the sea and San Juan’s iconic El Morro fortress.

The true key to being transported to Puerto Rico is in Carrillo’s cooking, which she said relies greatly on spices to supply its characteristic taste.

“Sofrito is the main spice mix base,” Carrillo said, which uses the more flavorful type of cilantro known as recao, as well as peppers, onions and tomatoes.

“Sazon and adobo also pull it all together, with lots of garlic,” Carrillo said. Although the spices give depth to her dishes, Puerto Rican cuisine does not impart the sharp heat that sometimes turns diners away from Mexican cooking, she said.

The seasonings play a major part in one signature dish, Mofongo, made from mashed fried green plantains, which at Salsa Latina is served with either shrimp, pork, chicken or beef. Other specialties include the appetizers Tostones Montaditos, twice-fried green plantains topped with shrimp or steak. Pernil (tender, slow-roasted pork topped with marinated onions); Pollo Guisado (chicken stew) and Bacalao al Horno (baked scrod) are popular main dishes. Most entree platters come with heaps of rice and pigeon peas and Maduros: sweet, ripe plantains.

Santiago Lopez, Carrillo’s sous chef who was working in Boston when she recruited him on friends’ recommendation, has learned to execute all of her authentic family recipes, she said, as well as the flan that has become her signature dessert. In addition to the traditional caramel custard dish, Carrillo has created two other variations coconut custard and cheesecake flan that customers sometimes ask for even before they begin their meal.