Mar 17

The first time I went to the Charthouse it had been open about 6 weeks and quite frankly, it showed.  Not that there was anything really wrong with the food, it was just that you could tell that front of house wasn’t quite a well oiled machine yet.  I almost reviewed it at the time […]

Jan 29
The Bangkok Cafe, Cardiff
posted by: Gomez in Dinner, Restaurant Reviews on 01 29th, 2011 | | 3 Comments »

I’ve always had a bit of a love hate relationship with the Thai House in Cardiff. I’ve never had an issue with the food, but I have with the service and attitude of the staff. However, when my Bahamian niece, decided that it was time for Aunty and Uncle to take her out for some […]

Oct 17
The Crown at Whitebrook
posted by: Gomez in Dinner, Restaurant Reviews on 10 17th, 2010 | | No Comments »

So I have a confession to make. It's a big one so you'd better prepare yourselves, deep breath, sit down, stiff drink and all that. OK, ready? Here we go… James Sommerin took my virginity! Yes, in a hot, steamy kitchen and with a backing track of roaring gas burners, clanging pans and shouts of […]

Aug 22
The Felin Fach Griffin
posted by: Gomez in Lunch, Restaurant Reviews on 08 22nd, 2010 | | No Comments »

I generally go to Brecon about once a month, usually on the second Saturday, to coincide with the Farmers Market. After a hard morning buying the finest local produce, lunch at the local hostelry is normally called for. Occasionally MrsA will demand a lunch upgrade and just to be sure her wish was granted, she'd […]

Aug 10
Llansantffraed Court Hotel
posted by: Gomez in Dinner, Restaurant Reviews on 08 10th, 2010 | | 1 Comment »

Have you read Anthony Bourdain’s book Kitchen Confidential? Right at the start he describes how as a child he’d eat anything. By anything I’m not talking about lumps of coal or bits of wood but anything edible that nearly all children and most adults would shy away from, you know things like raw oysters or […]

Apr 8
The Clytha Arms
posted by: Gomez in Dinner, Restaurant Reviews on 04 8th, 2010 | | No Comments »

Where are we going Saturday?” is a familiar phrase in Corpulent Towers. “Time for somewhere new”, I said reaching for the phone. Both of the places I had in mind were already fully booked and so I headed to Google for some inspiration. Out of my results I picked “The Clytha Arms” on the old […]

Aug 31
The Nantyffin Cider Mill
posted by: Gomez in Restaurant Reviews on 08 31st, 2009 | | No Comments »

It’s not the first time I’ve been to the Nantyffin Cider Mill, a shocking pink structure on the A40 just outside Crickhowell that can trace its history back to the 16th century. It is, however, the first time I’ve had Sunday lunch there, but Mrs A had declared the kitchen a no go zone that […]

Aug 24

It’s 25 miles from Aberdare to Cardiff and nearly 20 of that is dual-carriageway. So leaving home at 1.45pm to catch the 2.55pm to London Paddington should have been a breeze.  The atmosphere inside of my car however turned from breezy to ice fields of Antartica when I arrived in Cardiff to discover the Kingsway […]

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