Arbennig means special or exceptional in Welsh, and this family-run restaurant certainly is, having been named Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year at the 2015 Food Awards Wales, and had the highest rating in Cardiff in the Waitrose Good Food Guide for three years in a row. It has also been recommended in the 2016 and 2017 Michelin Guide. Led by chef John Cook and his wife Ceri, Arbennig has been so successful that booking in advance is advisable.
If you’ve got something to celebrate and only a special treat will do, the high standard of cuisine and service at Arbennig makes it a top choice for a special occasion, but guests are more than welcome to pop by for informal dining too. 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. I left feeling thoroughly satisfied after an extremely pleasant evening, and will be back to sample the delicious Sunday roast.