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Village Diner Review

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WORDS: Portia Nicholson (Youth Editorial Group)

The swanky Village Diner?And Brasserie in Whitchurch?offers a brasserie style restaurant with a well stocked wine bar; perfect for catching up with friends or having an intimate dinner with the other half.?

The local, family run brasserie also functions as a decent caf? during the day, serving your usual cappuccino and cake. They also?do breakfast, light bites and a filling two course lunch menu, catering to a broad clientele including locals, foodies, yuppies and yummy mummies. The diner has an undercover smoking area and alfresco eating for those precious days when it’s not raining in Cardiff.

By night there is a separate bistro evening menu with ethical considerations offering a variety of locally sourced fish and meat including steak, duck, monkfish and lamb in modern and delicious dishes. Despair not veggies, you are also catered for with a good selection of dishes. What is reassuring about the diner is the open-plan kitchen where you can?watch your dinner being created by in clean surrounding with no audible swearing and plate throwing from the chefs on show, so thankfully no kitchen nightmares to be had there.

During my visit to the Diner I was impressed with the understated and classy d?cor, the low lighting, comfy chairs which gives the diner an?upmarket feel whist thankfully maintaining sensible prices in these penny-pinching times. Located in the heart of Whitchurch Village, the diner has a vibrant atmosphere and makes for an alternative, enjoyable night out rather than a few swift ones at the local boozer and a kebab on the bus home.?

You can enjoy personable and attentive service from the waiting staff who are able to make menu suggestions and -?unlike waiting staff I have recently encountered -?actually manage the feat of knowing what specials are on that evening. I was tempted by the scallops in the red pepper sauce as my starter, which was an exceedingly good choice on my part as they were cooked to perfection and presented beautifully.

My partner chose the delicious chicken pate, given the plate was licked clean in an apparent momentary loss of manners was clearly another good choice [theSprout is in no way accountable for the table manners of its writers! - Ed]. The tempting selection of mains made for a difficult choice but in the end thanks to our helpful and obliging waiter (who didn’t once lose patience with our chronic indecisiveness) we settled on the lamb and the special’s menu dish of duck with sweet potato mash.?

The lamb was a melt-in-the-mouth pleasure and complimented?with creamy mashed potato and crunchy veg, which was a huge relief as I am a hater of soggy-served-up-by-nana vegetables. My co-diner enjoyed the tender duck but felt that the sweet potato mash, though declared delicious, somehow detracted from the simple flavours of the duck, though I thought personally it was a Ramsey comment too far.

Though full and contented (my partner had to be reminded by me not to doze in the restaurant) we managed to soldier on like the foodies we are and order a homemade desert of cr?me brulee to finish off our evening on a sugar high.?

The diner offered both excellent food and service, I thought as waddled home after my huge and certainly satisfying feed.

The Village Diner And Brasserie
25 Merthyr Rd
Whitchurch, Cardiff CF14 1DA
029 2062 4000
www.villagediner.co.uk

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