Cardiff food bloggers’ romantic restaurant picks

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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

#saturdaynight #chapel1877 #goodtimes

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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.

#2 Arbennig

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

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

New Singapore noodle with pressed pork belly dish coming onto the menu soon! #Cen #noodles #love

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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! 

Read his full review of The Celtic Manor’s Cen, Epicure and Steak on Six by clicking here.

#5 Porro

Lush meal @porrocardiff For the #PR girls this eve! ?

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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.

Read Pip’s full Porro Welfield review hereand my review of Porro Llandaff here.

#6 The Park House

One of our dishes – Label Anglais Chicken #parkhouse

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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.

#7 Curado

@curadobar starting to fill up. #spaininwales #cardiff #pintxos #wine @bodegasmuga @lasocarrada @vichycatalan

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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.


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