We had a whirlwind trip to Cardiff recently, and thought we’d have a quicker look at the highlights.
We visited the Tanners Arms in the Brecon Beacons, and had a tart from the Portuguese Bakery.
Then we had dinner in the self-explanatory Burger and Lobster, and a final drink in new CAMRA favourite the Hopbunker.
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Two days in Cardiff last week gave us two meals out, and we tried to make them different
Kimchi is a modest, traditional Korean restaurant, whereas Wahaca is part of a small Mexican chain run by Masterchef winner Thomasina Miers.
So would we prefer the authenticity of Kimchi, or the more approachable if touristy Wahaca?
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Bethan & I aren’t down in Cardiff as often these days, so last week we made the most of it and tried the intriguing lunch at the Gothic beauty Park House.
They offer a range of different menus and prices, from £21 for a two course lunch to a 7 course dinner with matched wines for £118.
We thought the set lunch would let us see whether the food can match the magnificent building..
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So I’ve been having an affair for a few weeks with a bloke from Cardiff.
He wanted to meet in Brewdog, as their beer is world-class, and the burgers are supposed to be interesting too.
But the beer is very strong, so by the time he arrived, my two halves of 8%+ beer had taken me well beyond the “Dutch Courage” stage, and everything was looking very woozy.
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It’s forty years since Bethan & I first cooked for the public, so we’re always delighted to see a pair of ladies starting down the same road.
Samantha & Shauna are at the early stages of their career, and have got the important stuff – what they want to cook – nailed down.
They took a big trip to the US to learn to cook Southern BBQ food, and after the success of our trip to Pontcanna SmokeHouse last week we wanted to give them a try to finish our visit to the capital.
They don’t have a place of their own yet, so are popping up in other people’s kitchens – they do one evening at Porters in the town centre and one evening at The Canadian pub in what my estate agent friend calls “Up & Coming Splott”.
So how did it compare to last week’s excellent Smoke House?
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The “dirty food” revolution – gourmet versions of BBQ, burgers, hot dogs – doesn’t seem to be coming to Aber any time soon.
But you don’t need to go abroad to that London – you just need to swap Aber’s streets of litter and student vomit for Cardiff’s streets of litter and student vomit.
We were in town anyway, and the capital now has several interesting American-style eateries.
So we put on our vintage sneakers, grew our hair, and got on our fixed-wheel bikes for The Smoke House in hipster-central Pontcanna.
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