If you’re still at a loss about where to wine and dine your beloved on this most controversial of romantic occasions, I thought I’d tap in to a whole fountain of foodie knowledge and compile a quick list of restaurant recommendations from my fellow food bloggers of Cardiff. I asked a handful if they would like to share with me the one Cardiff restaurant that they’d suggest for a perfect Valentine’s dinner – and here’s what they came up with.
Note: if you have genuinely left it this late to book a table, you might want to suss out the weekend availability at some of these spots – particularly the smaller venues – as they are likely to be booked up!
In no particular order…
#1 Chapel 1877
Kitchen Clonc recommended Chapel 1877 for ‘the sexy confessional style booths’. Say no more! 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
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! Read his full review of The Celtic Manor’s Cen, Epicure and Steak on Six by clicking here.
I can see why Pip and the City chose the Wefield 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 here – and my review of Porro Llandaff here.
#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! Having finally found the time to get in and try Curado, Cardiff’s newest Spanish restaurant, I am hooked. Sadly for my other half, I took a girlfriend for my first visit, but one look at the giant goblets of hibiscus-flavoured G&T and I knew I had to come back with Pete. It’s not fine dining, and you can’t book a table, but you can pull up a stool at the bar and soak up the buzz – and that’s exactly what we fancy.