A group of 6 of us ate here on Sunday as we'd heard good things and wanted to try it out.
The restaurant is at the back of the pub and opens at 6:30; it seemed to be very popular and filled up quickly (maybe because it was a bank holiday) so perhaps it's worth booking in advance. The windows show a lovely view over the marina and Cardiff Bay and the decor is modern, tasteful and functional. There were plenty of toys and games on a shelving unit that I suppose would occupy children for a time, although the wood burner in the middle of the room may prove more entertaining for tiny delicate hands during the winter months!
The menu is typically British and offers meat, fish and vegetarian; there's also a specials board. As a group, we ordered 3 steak & chips, baked cod, fish & chips from the main menu and the gnocchi from the specials. Service was good and the food arrived hot and promptly. However, my friend who'd ordered the gnocchi was told that the specials board wasn't available that night and so they brought her a different dish that had gnocchi with it. This was not made clear to us at all when we ordered and I did feel that she was being slightly fobbed off with this explanation. However, when the waiter brought the rest of the food out, it was then that he offered her a drink for the inconvenience.
I had been looking forward to steak and chips all day, and was therefore disappointed with the portion size (but I could deal with that) and the fact that the steak was undercooked - I’d asked for medium and it was closer to rare. So if you do have steak, make sure you order it the next temperature up, if that makes sense. And it wasn't just me, two of my friends found that their steak was undercooked. As you can imagine...disappointed, especially when paying £17.50. That being said, my other friends said that their dishes were lovely.
To make up for the steak, we also ordered desserts. Now I’m not really a dessert person but have to say that their hazelnut, peanut chocolate thingy was incredible. So delicious and this time worth the £6.00. It put the smile back on my face.
So, to quote my title: everything is lovely, but I do feel that it is overpriced for what it is - even the beers were £3.50-£4.00 a pint.
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