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“Extremely poor food”
Review of Cafe Des Amis - CLOSED

Cafe Des Amis
Price range: $8 - $27
Cuisines: French, British, Welsh
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed September 16, 2013

This place looked appealing but we had a really unpleasant meal.
The starter was courgette fritters which were soggy and overcooked, appeared to be just lightly coated in flour and dumped in the deep fat fryer. We also had a plate of mixed breads with oil, the bread was just very boring chunks from a less than fresh baguette. It doesn't take any enterprise to crisp up a loaf in the oven and there are supermarkets round the corner selling part-baked ciabatta so it's not rocket science even if you don't want to go out looking for interesting bread.
The main courses were pretty nasty. Sea Bass was dry and uninteresting, Mushrooms and chestnuts in filo pastry looked unpleasant, the pastry was a soggy mess and the filling included a lot of big chunks of courgette which didn't blend very well with the mushrooms, no trace of chestnut apart from some sweetness, I suppose there might have been some puree in there.
With the main courses you were given a sad undressed chopped salad which included raw unions for that distinctive sweaty taste, plus a dish of overcooked carrots and cabbage. It looked like the chef just prepared and cooked a lot of vegetables and salad in advance canteen style. Altogether a not nice experience and a waste of an evening.

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3  Thank sevenleagueboots
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Reviewed September 15, 2013

This has been our regular coffee spot in Penarth. Over the years, we have seen many improvements, starting as the 'Upper Crust', sandwich bar, then the addition of the back rooms and now as it is today, a French style cafe. Cheryl is always friendly and we will continue to enjoy calling by for a coffee and one of those wonderful flapjacks :)

Yes, and it is one of the few dog friendly establishments in Penarth, that has outdoor seating. Thanks again..

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Thank E B
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

My partner and I had a really enjoyable meal here earlier this week. The service was friendly and engaging and the atmosphere cosy and warm.

The food was of a really high standard, the starters of prawns and calamri were slightly oily, however, all food was well cooked and well presented. For our main meals we had lamb and sea bass, both were extremely tasty and again, well cooked.

We both felt that the food was great for the price and we thoroughly enjoyed the french theme.

We will definitely be recommending Cafe des Amis to family and friends and visiting here again!

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1  Thank Sevanswales
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

Been several times over the last 3 years. Taken friends who have visited Wales, popped in for a bite to eat, the food,service and ambiance has been great. Often pop in for coffee after tennis with the girls!

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Thank PenguinWales
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

nice service, a feel of la france, great for a saturday cappuccino, cafe by day, restaurant by night

Thank Mark F
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