Thursday, 26 January 2017

Tempus at Tides Restaurant Review


I was invited to try out the new à la carte menu at the Tempus at Tides restaurant in the beautiful St David's hotel, overlooking Cardiff Bay. It just so happened to time perfectly with my mums birthday so I took her along to try it too!

The Venue

Photo by Nutty Pear / Explore with Ed
Tempus at Tides is a fine dining destination within the waterside, glass-fronted hotel just a few minutes walk from Cardiff Bay. The hotel itself offers spar treatments and well being facilities, event and corporate spaces, and it also acts as a stunning Wedding venue. The Restaurant is located just off the main reception area, and you don't need to be a guest in the hotel to enjoy the menu, which means it's perfect for locals who want to embrace the gorgeous views of the Bay and the barrage.
Photo by Nutty Pear / Explore with Ed

The Food

Their new à la carte menu includes an array of meat dishes and vegetarian dishes, all put together with the same amount of attention to detail. For starters I went for the Welsh muscles with cider & herb cream (£8), while my mum chose the Welsh goats curd & braised leeks (£7). We decided to share our starters to get the best of both worlds (a great tip if you're dining with friends and want to try more of the menu). The muscles came in a large black pot, steaming as they arrived, with 2 slices of bread. The leeks, while a much smaller portion than the muscles, were delicate and beautifully fragranced by the pomegranate.
For mains I decided to go all out and order the Celtic Pride 8oz Sirloin steak (£26), accompanied with king prawns (£6) and peppercorn sauce (£3). My mum opted for a vegetarian main; the marinated halloumi & roasted vegetables (£16) and a house salad (£4). My steak was excellent, cooked just how I liked it, but the chips were even better - dusted with a slightly hot seasoning which brought them to life. My mum loved her main, she said that the house salad was one of the best she's had! So colourful and fresh.

By the time we had finished our mains we were feeling pretty full, but we still made room for dessert (obviously) I went for a comforting sticky toffee pudding, while my mum ordered the creme brulee. The sticky toffee pudding was lovely with the ice cream, I think some fresh cream would have completed the dish, but nevertheless it was very enjoyable - more so than some I've tried at other local fine-dining restaurants. The creme brulee was light and moreish, with a cracking sugar top.

Our meal was simply delightful, we had such a laugh and felt very looked after by the restaurant manager; Stewart. My mum had a wonderful birthday and we hope to return soon!

Although my meal was complimentary my opinions are my own.

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