Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Review - The Potted Pig

 

I finally made it along to The Potted Pig last week for a booking made 3 weeks ago. Apparently they are running at about a week in advance for bookings at the moment. I'd been checking the menu and trying to put together my ideal dinner since the day we booked. It turns out that this is a really bad habit. The whole crab with chips and mayonnaise disappeared from the menu about a week before our booking. I'm keeping an eye out for it's return though!

Pre-dinner
So, we arrived a little early (the waitress had been very clear with us that we would be seated PROMPTLY - but fair enough) so that we could sample one of the dozens of gins on offer. I chose the Brecon Special Reserve gin from Penderyn Distillery with fever tree tonic. All very nice and I really enjoy a G&T but I think I could do with a gin tasting session so that I can compare the different flavours. Just drinking one on it's own I find it hard to tell one gin from another.

Starters
A mix of starters were ordered round the table, I ordered the Welsh Rarebit with truffle which was maybe a little disappointing. No concessions to presentation were evident. Literally half a slice of topped bloomer bread was what arrived. I will say that it was tasty, deliciously savoury and soft but at £6 felt a little 'under sold'. I don't doubt for a second that there was truffle in there but it couldn't be tasted over the cheese and given that it couldn't be seen either it may as well have not been there.
2 differing opinions were given on the eponymous Potted Pig itself, one person thought it was a little dry whereas another thought it was wonderful.
The chilli eggs with avocado on toast were very good, perfectly poached egg, ripe avocado and just enough heat. I was jealous.

Mains
The mains were pretty much a success all round. The Slow roast Herefordshire pork belly with baked carrots, spring greens & gravy was truly delicious. Wonderfully soft meat with a light, savoury gravy and the vegetables were vivid and stuffed full of flavour. I would love to know what they did to the carrots! Been a greedy mochyn myself I ordered a side of chips that everyone had been raving about and I couldn't resist. To be honest the vegetables would have been enough, but since when has eating out ever been about having just enough?

A couple of people had steaks, one of which had been ordered rare and was considered to be slightly overdone although the steaks were pretty thin so rare would have been quite difficult to achieve.

One person had the duck liver which was very rare. This was perfect for them and was judged to be very good indeed.

Service
Very very good and friendly. Nothing more to be said really.

Overall
A great addition to the Cardiff food scene. I maybe thought the house reds could have been a little better and we were in there an hour before the starters arrived. I don't think this is a problem at all but we could have used some bread or similar to soak up the gin!

I highly recommend this place, good food, nice friendly relaxed atmosphere.

A few interesting places seem to be cropping up in the town centre at the moment, wouldn't it be great if this was part of a trend to reclaim the area and make it a more friendly weekend destination?

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