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The 'eating out in Wales' thread...

finally gonna get to try this cn place you people have all been talking about. going tomorrow hopefully. can't wait.

in other news, it seems patagonia has closed :( i'm really gutted.
 

JKaranka

Member
Bunch of Grapes in Ponty, very good.

Was thinking about going soon again to CN but it sort of clashes with my attempt at eating some lighter meals as well :-D
 

Riklet

procrastinación
Anyone been to that lil tiny Italian place in the castle arcade at the end, opposite the second hand book shop (the one with the black front) it's meant to be really nice, heard some good things, and checked out their menu too, pretty decent prices. I rarely eat out in cardiff, but might try there at some point, from my brief gawking at the people eating as i walk past, through the big glass windows, it always looks cosy and smells great... :oops:
 

pauld

Active Member
Anyone been to that lil tiny Italian place in the castle arcade at the end, opposite the second hand book shop (the one with the black front) it's meant to be really nice, heard some good things, and checked out their menu too, pretty decent prices. I rarely eat out in cardiff, but might try there at some point, from my brief gawking at the people eating as i walk past, through the big glass windows, it always looks cosy and smells great... :oops:
Is that Cafe Minuet? need to try it - all these years in Keyardiff and never been there!

http://yourcardiff.walesonline.co.uk/2010/08/10/cafe-minuet-says-ciao-to-marcello/
 

Infidel Castro

Producto Falso
I got myself down to Mowglis, Crwys Road, last Friday. A top recommendation Mr Badlands! I'd go back. I had an episode with the 'bean' sauce and a funny coloured trout, but the food was shit hot.

Got to go to cn next.
 

llantwit

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Is that Cafe Minuet? need to try it - all these years in Keyardiff and never been there!
http://yourcardiff.walesonline.co.uk/2010/08/10/cafe-minuet-says-ciao-to-marcello/
It's a great little place. Marcello, the old Italian guy who was always sweating it out in the tiny kitchen, has retired now. But it's been taken over by a woman who worked with him for donkeys years, and I don't think much has changed.
Nice simple pastas cooked fresh in front of you, and great pizzas, too. If you want a take away for lunch the little mini pizzas are nice, too. "Extra garlic?"... then they always slap some garlic infused olive on with a brush. Mmmm.
 
It's a great little place. Marcello, the old Italian guy who was always sweating it out in the tiny kitchen, has retired now. But it's been taken over by a woman who worked with him for donkeys years, and I don't think much has changed.
Nice simple pastas cooked fresh in front of you, and great pizzas, too. If you want a take away for lunch the little mini pizzas are nice, too. "Extra garlic?"... then they always slap some garlic infused olive on with a brush. Mmmm.
she sounds great. apparently she's proper keen to make the place even more of a success . good luck to her.
 
Got to go to cn next.
without doubt the best chinese in cardiff. possibly the best place in cardiff full stop. the smell of the place when you walk in is pure china. knock you of your feet sort of food smell. (in a good way) the kitchen is so skilled.

also, it's part owned by two young waiters (21 yrs old? ) who are more keen in running a good place than making money. i fucking love it, and it well deserves good business.
 

1927

Funnier than he thinks he is.
without doubt the best chinese in cardiff. possibly the best place in cardiff full stop. the smell of the place when you walk in is pure china. knock you of your feet sort of food smell. (in a good way) the kitchen is so skilled.

also, it's part owned by two young waiters (21 yrs old? ) who are more keen in running a good place than making money. i fucking love it, and it well deserves good business.
If they dont want to make so much money maybe they could adjust their pricing structure down a bit, its hardly cheap is it?
 
If they dont want to make so much money maybe they could adjust their pricing structure down a bit, its hardly cheap is it?
i found it ridiculously cheap for the quality of the food. plus they do bring your own booze which makes it even cheaper. last time i went, my mates and me ate tons of food, took tons of food home with us for £20 each. that's including 10% surcharge for the bring your own and a tip on top.
 

badlands

the mercy seat
i found it ridiculously cheap for the quality of the food. plus they do bring your own booze which makes it even cheaper. last time i went, my mates and me ate tons of food, took tons of food home with us for £20 each. that's including 10% surcharge for the bring your own and a tip on top.
Bargain I'd say

C'mon Infidel we're going!
 

1927

Funnier than he thinks he is.
I think my days of being welcome in the cayo may well be over, I just posted the following oin their facebook page.

Well the new menu is in operation and everybody is talking about it, really, I mean everybody. No one can quite believe it, unveleiveable is definitely the word. £7.95 for a fish finger sandwich and chips, £5.95 for a jacket potato!!! Like I said unbelievable, The landlord is really excited by it. The landlord of The Beverley that is.
 

JKaranka

Member
OK, going to be repetitive, but went to CN today in a group of six and it was brilliant. They have a new duck tongue dish that they've sorted out I think that mostly due to people's feedback. The tongues instead of raw-looking are fried and it all comes in a salt, pepper, chilli and raw sugar mix. Really, really nice. The place just got better. Also, they have this set of ten meat dumplings that after having been fried have been covered with a pancake and fried again. Very nice as well. Crab is great as usual and cheap. I had pork with preserved vegetables and it is the best sauce I've had for a long time. It's like a thick, black, sour, trickle. It is rich but doesn't get heavy, a bit like a thick and weak marmite.
 

llantwit

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Thanks to all who recommended CN - excellent Chinese Restaurant, and definitely on a par for quality and feel with the Veggie Food Studio.
We had the duck tongues - it was a bit much for me. I'm a bit squeamish with offal, but willing to try. Taste was great, just the idea if ripping tongue meat off the little tongue bones repeatedly. I was beaten by my own narrow preconceptions.
The (more conventional, but totally delicious) crispy pork loin and the salt and chilli squid were bloody brilliant. Will definitely be going back there. Deep fried oysters next time round, I think.
 

rhod

Mickey Mozart
Had a very nice lunch at Cote Restaurant overlooking Roald Dahl Plass. Quite a varied menu available, and a nice vibe to the place.

Chargrilled swordfish was cooked to perfection, and creme caramel was pretty great, too.

A cut above most of the other Mermaid Quay fare.
 

JKaranka

Member
They've shut down Adonis, the finest kebab parlour on City Rd. Apparently a few cases of extra spicy e. coli seem to be involved.
 

1927

Funnier than he thinks he is.
Had a very nice lunch at Cote Restaurant overlooking Roald Dahl Plass. Quite a varied menu available, and a nice vibe to the place.

Chargrilled swordfish was cooked to perfection, and creme caramel was pretty great, too.

A cut above most of the other Mermaid Quay fare.
Its nice but for the moeny I think there is better available in the Diff
 

llantwit

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Went to the Crown at Whitebrook last Thursday - bloody expensive and extremely good food. We treat ourselves to a poncy meal every now and then, but this one was a Xmas present we hadn't got around to using up yet. Had a 9-course taster menu with accompanying wine taster. It was one the best meals I've ever eaten.
http://www.crownatwhitebrook.co.uk/
I'll see if I can scan in the menu later, in case anyone's interested.
Grauniad review from a few years back: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2009/aug/15/restaurant-review-crown-whitebrook
 
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