If you’re still at a loss about where to wine and dine your beloved on the most clichéd of romantic occasions, here’s a quick list of restaurant recommendations from a few of my fellow food bloggers.
I asked a handful to share the one Cardiff restaurant they’d suggest for a perfect Valentine’s Day dinner – and here’s what they came up with.
In no particular order…
#1 Chapel 1877
Kitchen Clonc recommended Chapel 1877 for “the sexy confessional style booths.” Say no more, Imran! His venison served with smoked garlic mash, salsify, wild mushrooms and a Penderyn whiskey jus also sounds pretty lush.
Read his full Chapel 1877 review here.
Eat Weekly recommended Arbennig for the “lush food, and also the dimmed lighting and cracking playlist (Otis, Frank, Ray) – making it feel cosy and romantic at the same time”. Us Canton / Pontcanna folk are very lucky to have this gem on our doorstep.
Read her full Arbennig review here.
#3 Cafe Cita
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Cafe citta definitely a place to visit to have some good traditional oven baked pizza 😉 On the table: (1) Pizza con fungi selvatici e salsicce, a thin and crisp based pizza with chewy mozzarella topped with wild mushrooms and Italian sausages. (2) Salsicce & Spinaci- sautéed Italian sausages wih spinach, chillies & garlic.
I have to agree with Fuud Blog‘s description of Cafe Citta – “a proper little chunk of Italy plonked right in the middle of Church Street – cramped, noisy, and hot, and fucking brilliant!” Go here if you want unapologetically rich and delicious Italian food, but beware – you will almost definitely have garlic breath after eating here.
Read his full Cafe Citta review here.
#4 The Celtic Manor
Explore with Ed has cheated the system a little, by suggesting not one restaurant, but three – but because they are all based up at The Celtic Manor, I’ll let him off. Choose from Cen, Epicure or Steak on Six – and if you’re feeling really generous, treat yourself to an overnight stay to boot!
I can see why Pip and the City chose the Welfield Road restaurant as her top spot for Valentines Day. She liked the fact that the Porro “creates dishes with local produce but is still reasonably priced for a venue of its class and location.” When I visited the Llandaff venue, I liked the fact that we weren’t crammed in or rushed at all – just want you want for a romantic meal.
#6 The Park House
The Plate Licked Clean got married at The Park House so it would be easy to assume that he was simply being sentimental when he put forward this suggestion. Having dined there on a few occasions now thanks to it being the venue of choice for our annual work Christmas meal, I don’t think that’s the case. As he put it – you can expect “a gracious welcome, a diverting drinks list, stellar food, superlative service. All in historic, elegant surroundings.” Definitely a venue fit for romance.
Read his full Park House review here.
And lastly – here’s my suggestion! Curado is Cardiff’s newest Spanish restaurant, and I am hooked on it – if only for the hibiscus-flavoured G&Ts. This isn’t a spot for fine dining, and you can’t book a table, but you can pull up a stool at the bar and soak up the buzz while picking at plates of pinchos – and that’s exactly what I’ll be doing on the 14th.