Arbennig means special or exceptional in Welsh, and this family-run restaurant certainly is. It has also been recommended in the 2016 and 2017 Michelin Guide and received rave reviews from critics and diners alike.
What to eat?
There is a weekly changing menu ensures there is always something new and exciting for the ever-growing clientele to sample. Ingredients are all locally sourced and prepared in-house from scratch by the chef for the seasonally rotating menus.
To start, I ate the charred beef fillet served alongside wild rocket, Parmesan and Caesar cream, followed by lamb rump with slow-cooked courgettes, aged feta
and basil. For dessert I couldn’t say no to the Snickers chocolate marquise, paired with honey nougat, caramel and peanut butter ice cream.
What to drink?
They have 40 different wines on their list and a bottle starts from just £15.95 so might as well go all out. As it’s an independent, family-run restaurant, the wines are handpicked and really are something quite special.
Booking in advance is advisable , they also have a fantastic lunch offer where you can get two courses for just £14.95. They’re also well known for their Sunday lunches where people return time and time again as they just are so good.
Arbennig is about a 15-20 minute walk from Cardiff City Centre so allow enough time to get there, or jump in a taxi straight from the bus or train station.