Madeira’s fresh and authentic Portuguese cuisine has won over Cardiff’s foodies since 1998, and the same goes for their cosy new eatery in Swansea. We visited the Cardiff restaurant and were instantly impressed by the ambience. Thanks to its low oak beams, subdued lighting and copper pots hanging from the ceiling – not to mention the enticing aromas of fresh ingredients being transformed into mouth-watering masterpieces – you would be forgiven for thinking you’d walked into a taverna in the Algarve.
We were seated near the front of the restaurant, where you can watch your food being cooked in the open-plan kitchen. I chose my starter from the cold selection and was amazed by the generous portion of avocado and prawns that arrived – even more so when I tasted it. The main-course menu is extensive and can be tailor-made to suit any taste. There’s a fantastic array of fi sh, meat and chicken, all of which can be cooked in the sauce of your choice. There’s also a selection of pasta, vegetarian dishes and healthy meals for two. I was excited by the swordfish, cooked in a Portuguese sauce, which comprised light fi sh stock, tomatoes, mushrooms, fresh herbs and cream. This is definitely a place that I would return to with friends – both Madeira branches are great locations for dinner parties.