Zest at the Cardiff Marriot with River Cottage
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We broke the news here that Marriott Hotels were piloting a partnership with Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s River Cottage and that the Cardiff Hotel was to be part of that pilot. Marriott have realised that a growing number of diners have an interest in the provenance of their food and so, in response, they are trying to improve their sourcing so [&hellip

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The Chefs Table at Laguna Kitchen and Bar, Park Plaza Cardiff
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I’d been to the Laguna Restaurant at the Park Plaza once before when I had sampled a pre-theatre dinner before a visit to the New Theatre. What had impressed me at the time, and still does, is that it is a hotel restaurant that doesn’t feel like a hotel restaurant. A feat rarely achieved outside of London. At the time [&hellip

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Tea and Food Evenings at Washington Tea Penarth
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I have been a big fan of Waterloo Tea since I discovered it several years ago. At their Teahouse, a wide selection of the worlds finest teas and coffees are on offer, the work of local artists is on exhibit (available for purchase as well), and homemade cakes and light lunches are available. Waterloo Tea has one draw back; they [&hellip

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Llansantffraed Court Hotel – Back On The Culinary Map
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Turning off the B4589 onto Llansantffraed Court Hotel’s private drive, I am immediately reminded that this four-star country house hotel and restaurant sits in a stunning location. The William and Mary style, grade II listed building is surrounded by 20 acres of lawns, and is complete with its own lake and walled kitchen garden, whose content is to feature heavily [&hellip

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Ceviche, London. Peruvian Kitchen & Pisco Bar
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I didn’t know anything about ceviche or Peruvian cuisine before I happened across Martin Morales on Twitter. Previously working at both iTunes and Disney, Martin quit his job in 2010 to launch Ceviche in February 2012. I don’t know what it was about his tweets that drew me to want to try the cuisine, especially as ceviche is normally the kind of cuisine that [&hellip

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The new Pilot, Penarth
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The first thing you notice when you walk into the new Pilot is the chairs. Although there appears to be consistency in the tables, the chairs appear to have been sourced from the end of line aisle at <insert your favourite furniture retailer here>. Faced with the prospect of spending the evening sitting on some white plastic thing that appeared [&hellip

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Oscars of Cardiff – New Sunday Lunch Menu
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For the few of you left that don't know yet, Oscars of Cardiff occupies the old site of Le Gallois in Romilly Cresent. A location I've always liked as the restaurant itself is light and airy due to the glass frontage and I can always find somewhere to park.   But that was then and this is now, so what [&hellip

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Mint and Mustard, Cardiff – Chaakara Tasting Menu Sampler
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Gomezadams and I discovered Mint and Mustard several years ago. Consequently I am actually rather surprised this is the first review we have written. We were so excited by the concept of “Redefining Indian Cuisine” and the resulting fabulous meals that we had there.  When we first dined at Mint and Mustard, the Head Chef was Anand George who then [&hellip

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The One Mile Bakery, Bread Soup and Jam
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South Wales based foodies and social media users can't fail, over the last few weeks, to have noticed the buzz that's been created by journalist, home cook and baker Elisabeth Mahoney's new venture The One Mile Bakery. There was such chatter at one point that I jokingly tweeted that I'd soon be opening an Estate Agents in Pontcanna as I was [&hellip

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Purple Poppadom Deep Blue: A Harmonious Symphony of Flavours
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I entered a contest via Twitter for a free meal to trial Chef Anand George’s new  summer menu.  I was one of the lucky seven to win!  The theme of the new menu is “Deep Blue” as Chef is introducing a variety of fish and seafood dishes to the menu for summer. I had a trial menu so the dishes [&hellip

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