Vale Hotel, Golf and Spa Resort,
Hensol, Nr Cardiff,
Unique, informal and memorable, at the award-winning La Cucina restaurant you will discover a menu that captures both the taste and soul of Mediterranean cuisine. When you dine at La Cucina, you'll experience an atmosphere that is stylish yet informal, where the modern open kitchen looks out onto the restaurant area, which has large picture windows and a vaulted wooden ceiling. An unusual woodburning oven (one of only four in the UK) is the heart of the kitchen, where the pizzas, fresh fish, meat and vegetables - much of which is sourced locally - are prepared and cooked to perfection for that fantastic, lightly-smoked taste sensation.
The menu sets the mouth watering at a glance. Starters offer something for all, with king prawns sautéed in extra virgin olive oil, Welsh butter, fresh garlic and flat leaf parsley producing aromas of the Med, transporting you back to that taverna on the beach. Fresh Portuguese sardines are roasted in the wood-burner and seasoned with a delightfully subtle blend of paprika and lemon - fresh, light and packed with flavours of the sea. Moving onto the main course, you'll find yourself spoilt for choice by a selection from the grill, delicious pizzas and main course options all given that splash of sunshine. Fresh egg tagliatelle with smoked salmon, crushed prawns, tomatoes and cream is a seafood lovers' heaven, while risotto of asparagus, mushrooms and mascarpone finished with shaved Parmesan and rosemary skewers is a vegetarian delight. Pizza aficionados can tuck in to a classic margherita, Americana or quattro formaggi fungi, or revel in the mozzarella, sweet chilli chicken, cashew nuts and coriander of the La Cucina pizza.
Desserts to cool and sweeten the palate include a selection of ice creams and sorbets, rich dark chocolate and rum tart and peach and vodka iced parfait. Whatever your reason for a visit to the Vale Resort, whether golf or relaxation, business or pleasure, make sure that you reserve a table at La Cucina - your tastebuds will thank you more than your waistline.
Open: Tues-Sat 7pm-10pm; Sun 12.30pm-2pm
t: 0845 201 3451