Last Friday, we were lucky enough to spend our evening at Park House restaurant in Cardiff. After a long week at work, it was the perfect way to end the week. As a couple we love to eat out; we enjoy trying new places and cuisines. That being said, it’s been a while since we have been able to enjoy fine dining. Park House is a French inspired restaurant and wine bar. They aim to highlight aspects of the local welsh nature; combining both French and Welsh produce. French inspired food is not something we have very often, so it was a great opportunity for us to try something new.
The traditional grade 1 listed mansion house is located on Park Place, not far from Cardiff’s bustling high street or the city’s museum. The building was beautifully lit up, making it easy to find a night. After ringing the doorbell, we were kindly greeted by the staff who took our coats and showed us to a lovely window seat overlooking Gorsedd Gardens. Despite chilly autumn breeze and the hustle and bustle of the busy roads just outside, the restaurant was warm and cosy with a relaxed atmosphere. The majority of the other tables surrounding ours were full, yet it seemed so quiet and serene as though we had the restaurant to ourselves.
Just like the beautiful location, the menus are slightly different from your everyday restaurant. There is an a la carte menu with prices ranging from £22 to £36 and dishes including Cornish brill and Preseli mountain lamb. Of course there are also starters and desserts too; ranging from £12 to £15. We however were able to try the five course tasting menu. Prices start at £55 per person and matched wines can be included for an additional £35 to £45. If five courses is not enough, there is also an option for an eight course tasting menu (£75 each). The options don’t end there, separate lunch menus, a vegan tasting menu and afternoon tea is also available. So, no matter the occasion there seemed to be a fine dining option available for everyone.
Whilst waiting for our first course to arrive, we enjoyed the peaceful environment and chatted away over a cocktail. I chose to have mine non-alcoholic, which is quite normal for me. However, I was pleasantly surprised when they offered to substitute the alcohol for non-alcoholic gin!
The evening was all very new and exciting for me, as I have never been able to experience a tasting menu before. Our menu included foie gras brûlée to start, followed by Cornish mackerel, eynons himalayan salt aged beef followed by a rhubarb treacle tart and a caramelised crème fraîche tart to finish. We were also offered a selection of breads throughout the courses ranging from walnut and raisin, focaccia and more, but I loved the sourdough the most. Each dish was perfectly prepared, each with their own distinct and rich flavours. Ryan really enjoyed the rhubarb tart, which we later found out had been harvested and pickled over the past 6 months by the chef.
Even though we had the tasting menu, Park House were able to accommodate my dietary requirements with no fuss at all.
We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Park House restaurant. Although the prices were slightly higher than our normal meals out, we felt this was completely justified by the quality of food, beautiful environment and outstanding service we were given. The staff were extremely friendly and each of them could not do enough for us and nothing seemed too much to ask. Park House is somewhere we both agreed we would happily visit again for a special occasion or a treat.
Park House Restaurant
20 Park Place, Cardiff CF10 3DQ
029 2022 4343
*Our meal at Park House restaurant was complimentary in exchange for a blog post. However, as always all opinions are my own.