Café Jazz, Cardiff's leading jazz, blues and food venue, is like a juicy slice of the Big Apple in the centre of bustling St Mary Street. This bar and restaurant is well thought out, with the stage visible from everywhere. The restaurant area at the rear, with its mix of banquette seating and spacious tables, is partitioned by a waist-high wall of green window bricks topped with swirling wrought iron sculptures, allowing you to see the artists at work while you work on your delicious food. Plenty of dexterous jazzmen have strutted their stuff here, with Latin, dinner jazz and blues all on the menu from Monday to Friday nights. On Saturdays there is a resident DJ until 1am, with a comedy night on a fortnightly basis featuring at least three artists performing from 8pm onwards. An acoustic night is held every Sunday. The efficient and friendly staff can certainly cook up a mean meal or two. The menu is very reasonably priced and showcases starters such as baby spinach and feta cheese salad with herb croutons and balsamic vinegar, and crevettes sautéed in garlic butter, parsley and white wine sauce. Main courses include roasted whole sea bass served with vegetables and braised lamb shank with mashed potato and warm salsa. The 8oz sirloin with fluffy chips and all the trimmings (£14) was beautifully cooked and very filling. Café Jazz is the perfect place for those who like to enjoy good food with a swinging soundtrack. The venue is fully licensed, however you can also bring your own wine for a very small corkage charge, and they will even chill it for you.