Three restaurant reviews, three first visits.
Spice Quarter, Brewery Quarter, Cardiff 17/09/10
Spotlessly clean and smart restaurant where you can see the chefs at work in the kitchen. It was interesting watching them cook the naan breads and my best efforts at distracting them didn’t put them off!
We arrived at 9pm having booked a table. My dinner companions were pretty “well refreshed” and a little rowdy. We were squeezed onto a table without much elbow room or room to stretch out! I sat at the end with the designated driver and discussed the merits of Formula One vs. World Rally. The table ordered some popadums and dips to share. There was enough to go round and they happily brought us extra mango chutney when requested. For my main I ordered chicken tikka masala and garlic naan. The tikka masala was really creamy with a good depth of flavour and a spicy kick (but then I’m a real wimp when it comes to spicy food!) . The staff were very polite but the seating arrangement meant a lot of passing plates etc over peoples’ heads etc. I’d def go again but I’d like a better table.
Harvester, Cardiff Bay 18/09/10
My first ever visit to a Harvester. The occasion was vanillalatte_1’s birthday (Happy Birthday fellow blogger!). The bar staff were super slow on the up take to serve us pre-dinner drinks – and I was VERY thirsty! But service when we sat down was good. Due to a mix up in the kitchen I got a bigger, better steak at no extra charge. Guess It was a shame for the guy who got mine but he deserves it if he can’t tell different between rump and sirloin! I was very excited by the free salad bar but in the end I only had one bowl as was trying to save myself for the main! We were all too full for pudding and cost for 7x mains and 4x sides was £63. Amazingly good value I thought!
Ruby Tuesday’s, St. Davids Dewi Sant Centre, Cardiff 22/09/10
Last time I went to a Ruby Tuesday was three years ago in Times Square, NYC so visiting the Cardiff restaurant (RT’s first UK franchise) wasn’t quite the same ambience. The cook their fries in something delicious (don’t want to think about what) they are the yummiest fries ever and very moreish so it’s lucky they have their ‘bottomless fries’ gimmick. Although I was of course very British about it and asked very shyly for more. They also do bottomless refills on soft drink and do this without asking. They also come and snatch your glass away without asking and then don’t bring a refill! They seemed to be in a big hurry to turn our table over and kept coming over to ask if we were done. Perhaps this is to stop people sitting there all night eating fries and drinking Coke which is what we were trying to do but I felt a bit hassled. There’s a fine line between prompt and attentive service and feeling ‘bothered’ by the staff and I’m afraid RT’s crossed it.