We arrived on a dull day to be shown to a nice table overlooking the Bay of Cardiff. Pleasant staff brought us the wine list and menu then ensured we understood the "system" we do. I didn't think one of the Grand Crus at up to £1,400-ish was quite what I was planning, so we had one of the House rose's, dry crisp and pleasant, house wines these days are usually very good (though still overpriced) so I drink the Grand Crus (occasionally) in the house and buy them in France! Now onto mothers birthday, Mama started orf by informing us that the elephant in the Kruger park was quite within its rights to turn over that car because "People wind down their windows and shout silly things at them" Yup its gonna be that kind of day, BUT I concur- what are we doing shooting elephants we invade and upset? But I digress, back to lunch. I had the Mackerel McGuire or something similarly named to start. Very nice too, served cold with a light salad and soft onion in olive oil, I loved it. Mind you it must have been easy to catch judging by all the fingerprints around the side of the plate. Should rename it Sherlock Shad- oopps mackerel. Why do most restaurants finger the plates so heavily ? Its sweat on the china and it wouldn't happen in my house! Moving on. Blondy had bacon wrapped in beans and said it was lovely. The starving artist and my Mother had vegetable soup which they said was very nice- even though the waiter dodged the question as the whether it was a Spanish recipe heh. For mains me and Mum had the Lamb with jackets, veg and mint sauce. I would have said it was well done when I like it a bit pink (they should have asked) but my mother described it as just right, well it was very nice so no complaints. Blondy had cod in batter- beautifully fresh and nicely cooked she said, Starving artist had Spanish lasagna! He loved it. This was the £10.95 for two courses lunch menu and very good value. Pub chains and trendy corporate themed ....cookeries charge as much for bog standard pre cooked mediocre.....stuff. The ladies had pudding, raspberry meringue and ice cream, said it was very nice- while we had more coffee and wine. Total £83 quids- plus a tip of course if the job is done well for four was good value. The table staff have improved in the Martinez chain, well done chaps it was emotional.
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