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?