Tucked away in a quiet corner of Bassaleg, Junction 28 imparts a feeling of gentle bonhomie. The subtle, classy decor transfers easily from the lounge to the dining area, while the friendly approach and culinary knowledge of the experienced staff promise a pleasant evening for all.
The menus are wonderfully comprehensive and local produce is used wherever possible. The Flying All Night menu provides three courses and a choice of vegetables for either £19.95 (from 5.30pm to 7pm) or £22.95 (from 7pm onwards). The lunchtime choice is revised daily, and vegetarians, vegans and those with special dietary requirements are catered for on every menu. The à la carte menu is extensive while maintaining creative ingenuity, and displays a dazzling selection of starters and main dishes, including traditional and international meals.
On our visit I chose the tempura king prawns with linguine vegetables, chilli and ginger-infused bisque to start, while my partner selected the sautéed scallops with black pudding, caramelised apple and port jus. Each dish was a delight for the palate. We both initially had our eye on the grilled sea bass fillets on crushed new potatoes with white crab meat and spring onions as a main course, but instead chose the Brecon Beacons venison steak on wilted spinach, sweet potato Parisienne, cherry and blackberry port wine jus, and herb crusted Welsh rack of lamb on potato rosti, tender broccoli, red currants, spring vegetables, black garlic, rosemary and red currant jus. The combinations of flavours were ingenious and the meats mouth-wateringly tender. As with every course, dessert emphasised the training and experience of the chefs – the menu featured treats such as duo of chocolate which included praline brownie, white chocolate pistachio ganache, served with a strawberry compote.
The wine list was the most inclusive I have seen. The house wine selection, all of which is available by the glass, included malbec, monastrell, merlot, barrica, sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio, grenache, zinfandel and chardonnay. The quality of the house wines was testament to the list as a whole, right up to the Louis Roederer Cristal at the top. All in all, it’s worth making a journey to the Junction.