Having just bagged a shining Michelin star and recently been named Best Restaurant in Wales and 34th in the UK by The Good Food Guide in 2017, Restaurant James Sommerin is top of the game, and deservedly so. The culinary king shares his thoughts on Cardiff’s ever-growing food and drink scene with us.
When reflecting about what’s so great about the region, he says, ‘I feel so lucky to have my own restaurant, situated in the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan. Wales will always be home to me and I feel honoured to be a part of what has become a thriving food and drink scene in and around Cardiff.’
‘The city itself is well known for its great food and drink offering and is brimming with some of the finest restaurants in Wales and the UK. In the 2017 Michelin Guide, seven restaurants in Wales were awarded a Michelin star – a testament to the quality of food that residents and visitors will find when they come to the country. As a Welshman myself, I am passionate about the brilliant restaurants offering all kinds of food and of course, superb Welsh produce.’
‘Cardiff is ideally situated when it comes to obtaining the excellent ingredients we have sitting right on our doorstep – I feel very privileged to have some of the greatest produce in the UK available to me to use each day,’ he tells us.
James’ favourite ingredient? ‘One of my favourite ingredients to use in the kitchen at Restaurant James Sommerin has been sewin – otherwise known as Welsh sea trout. It is a really tasty fish, but also very special as it is only available for a short period over the summer, which is why it is often referred to as Welsh gold among chefs. I source all my fish from a fantastic local, family-run business. When discussing all that our beautiful region has to offer, it would be wrong not to mention the amazing prawns, lobster and spider crab available from Cardigan and Carmarthen.’
James encourages you to swing by Restaurant James Sommerin and sample the imaginative, award-winning cuisine that really does make the most of Cardiff’s wealth of produce. With it’s variety of dining experiences and vibrant atmosphere, Cardiff is the place to go – especially if you’re peckish.