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“Why haven't we been before?”
Review of Con Passionata - CLOSED

Con Passionata
Cuisines: European
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Con Passionata a small place with a big heart!Con Passionata is a modern stylish restaurant situated in Nott Square in the heart of Carmarthen's old town. The kitchen combines the best local ingredients with modern eclectic cooking styles to produce elegant dishes of the finest quality. We are proud to be a Welsh restaurant with talented staff to transform your precious time into an unique dining experience.The atmosphere is warm, informal and inviting for a relaxing dining experience.
Carmarthen, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Why haven't we been before?”
Reviewed March 24, 2013

Last minute decision to eat out, didn't want to drive anywhere, Carmarthen notoriously bad for good food what to do? First choice Diablos fully booked until late as was Cafe no.4, decided to give Con Passionata a go. Had to take 6.30 booking and arriving a couple of minutes early took the staff a little by surprise as they were not quite ready for us, however we received a very warm welcome from the owners (?) and all the staff, was offered a free aperitif for our inconvenience! My son had the honey glazed figs to start which was excellent and not too sweet, followed by the herb crusted cod which was totally fresh and perfectly cooked. I had the chicken supreme on wild rice, possibly the nicest tasting chicken I have eaten in a long while. Washed down by a lovely Sauvignon blanc, complimenting the food perfectly. Dessert was sticky toffee pudding for him and a perfectly executed chocolate fondant for me. Portions are not huge here which may disappoint a lot of folk, but if you like me, prefer taste and quality over quantity give this place a try, you won't be sorry. The decor is simple and understated, the music, last night anyway, was cool vintage, creating a great ambience. Service was very good and the owner/chef made a point of visiting every table personally, which was a lovely touch. My only negative comment would be that the door issue needs addressing as a cold draft breezes through every time the door opens , maybe a small hot air blower above the door could counter that small thing. Thank you for a lovely evening.

  • Visited March 2013
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1 Thank M4mgu
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carmarthen
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great food”
Reviewed March 18, 2013 via mobile

Good food friendly service and nice setting, quite reasonably priced. The only downside was it being so quiet. If there were more people about it might have been a nicer atmosphere

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Carmarthen, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Visit on 2nd March 2013”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

Good food but not stunning however price did leave us stunned this is not fine dining but rather nice food but at a rip off price.
Freezing on the night we visited awful service in that we were kept constantly waiting for starters/main course/dessert and drinks orders.
Staff would disappear for anything up to 5 - 10 minutes at at time upstairs where the cooking is conducted.
Persons actually came in waited to be seated and advised by customers waiting for food to leave due to the delays!!!!

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank JOHNJINX
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Carmarthen, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“St David's Day Treat”
Reviewed March 16, 2013

We booked for a party of 6 to celebrate St David's Day. The staff were welcoming and courteous, were all Welsh speakers and were happy to answer questions about the menu. We were seated at a round table (which I always find much more better for chatting to everyone) and the Welsh harp background added to the sentiment of the occassion (although not so sure about the jazz playing at the end of the evening). There was a great selection of dishes to choose from albeit the choice was hard as they all sounded delicious. The most popular being the cockles and laverbread - understandably so, they were wonderful. There was a good selection of wines to accompany the meal, which seemed to flow much too easily! The starter was followed by a good choice of main courses all with a local/Welsh slant to them. The men, being men,opted for the steak and chips and the steak was cooked perfectly. I opted for the pork with crackling, which was just the right size portion to not make me feel too guilty about tucking into. The vegetables were al dente and couldn't be faulted. The meal was rounded off by a selection of naughty (but nice) deserts, the white chocolate panna cotta was amazing and a glass (or two) of Port and Dessert Wine.

There was a lovely, relaxed atmosphere in the restaurant, with a nice gap between courses and we were left to chatter away without feeling the need to hurry up. It was nice that Marc, the Chef and Owner, came down at the end of the evening to chat to all of the guests and took the time to speak to everyone.

We had a fantastic meal, in pleasant relaxed surroundings and can't wait for the next excuse to come out for a meal. Keep up the good work.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Linda T
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“Stunning all round!”
Reviewed February 25, 2013 via mobile

Lovely restaurant. Friendly staff. Excellent food. In a prime location in Carmarthen Town. We went here for a romantic meal and we were welcomed in straight away by the owner. I found the food very well presented and very much to my liking. We will most definitely be visiting again.

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Thank Betty8oops
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