Monday, 25 January 2016

Top Restaurants In South Wales

Here is a list of my top favourite restaurants in South Wales

Restaurant James Sommerin, Penarth


This fine dining restaurant, number 24 in the Good Food Guide 2016 is perfectly situated on Penarth sea front. Head chef James Sommerin, held a one Michelin star when he was a chef at The Crown in Whitebrook and I am sure it won't be long before Restaurant James Sommerin will be getting a Michelin star of it's own.

The food is confident, experimental - choose from a tasting menu full of surprises or the A La Carte menu, which is only available midweek. This is one restaurant where you really feel like you are in for a treat, with a blend of textures, flavours and aromas all on a plate. Bravo!

Go, and go now...

Le Bistrot Pierre, Cardiff


This French bistrot chain, never fails to deliver in my experience. The two course lunch for £10.95 is a real bargain for the authentic quality of the food and with a Trip Advisor certificate of excellence you know all the other reviewers can't be wrong too!

My favourite dishes here include a Beef Bourginon and a Poulet Printanier - pan-fried chicken breast in a tarragon sauce, whilst my son enjoys the steak and fries. Their loyalty scheme is a great idea too, when you dine you collect a stamp toward a free lunch or dinner. 

The best chain restaurant I have ever eaten in, hands down.

The Pickled Radish, Laleston 


This hidden gem in Laleston, just outside Bridgend, is a little off the beaten track but well worth tracking down. Headed by a team of chefs that have worked in Michelin star restaurants this is one restaurant just made for 'foodies'.

The elegant tasty food, was slightly let down by the inexperienced staff when we visited, however don't let that put you off. The food however is a joy and a real surprise - deconstructed chicken korma was tasty, beautifully presented and totally delicious and the peanut butter and chocolate pie was amazingly decadent. 

We are going back very soon! 

The Potted Pig,  Cardiff



We recently visited The Potted Pig to celebrate my son's 19th birthday. Hidden away on Mary Street in the centre of Cardiff this restaurant in an old bank vault is cool, atmospheric and a little bit quirky. 

Carnivores are looked after well with a great selection of steaks, and dishes such as potted pig with pickles and home cured free range pork belly with fried bacon cake, roasted beetroot and kale are great crowd pleasers. With some super reviews from restaurant critics such as Jay Rayner of The Observer, I suggest you get down to Cardiff to see what all the fuss is about.

Also known for their wide selection of gin cocktails this is one trendy restaurant that doesn't take itself too seriously. 

Let me know, have you tried any of these restaurants? Which restaurants do you rate in South Wales?

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  1. I've never been to the Potted Pig, but I've heard good things about it x

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    1. It is in a lovely setting, in an old bank vault too.

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  2. Potted pig sounds amazing, meat and gin cocktails I would be in heaven. I don't live anywhere near these but I do want to make another trip back to Wales this year so who knows x

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    1. If you do come to Cardiff you have to try this place Rhian!

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  3. That Beef Bourginon looks delicious! Wales is somewhere I would like to visit someday.

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  4. I really like the amount of restaurants that have opened up in Cardiff lately. I haven't been to any of these restaurants before x

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    1. Lots of great restaurant in Cardiff and South Wales in general.

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  5. They are sound really good. Will take note of them for when we do visit.

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  6. A chap I work with sings the praises of Bistro Pierre. My favourite is the Rock and Fountain at Penhow.
    Wish we could eat out more often to be honest.

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    1. The lunch deal is excellent value too and it's high on on Tripadvisor for Cardiff.

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  7. I miss eating out :-(
    We used to go out at least once a week when we were still in London but now I don't even remember when we ate a family meal in a nice restaurant :-(

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    1. Agata, you have to go out more. I know it can be expensive but if you look for early bird and pre theatre offers it can keep the cost down. It's worth it as a family to all get dressed to go out and then sit and chat around a dinner table.

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  8. I am a veggie but these still look like good resturants to check out. I have never been to South Wales before.

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    1. All of these restaurants cater for vegetarians. Restaurant James Sommerin even has a vegetarian taster menu.

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  9. A great list, all the food looks beautiful and delicious.

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