The Italian Touch

Unlike a former establishment in Llanishen which did literally rise after the flames, the Water’s Edge has never been called the Phoenix although it has had a number of previous incarnations being variously called Pierson’s and Pebbles Bistro. 

The Water’s Edge is the pretty cream house on Penarth Esplanade near the Yacht Club (www.watersedgepenarth.com). It has been a restaurant with rooms for several years after being a Nursing Home (where I had rather fancied spending my retirement years!) under various managements and varying standards depending on the Chef of the day.  It has now been taken over by the owners of the Italian Restaurant next door, the Mediterraneo at the Boat House.  The menu at the Water’s Edge however is still Bistro style, without any Italian influence  and the previous modern deco has been retained and perhaps if anything now rather better, being less cluttered with nautical-themed ornaments.

On different occasions, we have shared a starter; the Aubergine parcels filled with goats cheese were excellent and the whole Portabella Mushrooms stuffed with roasted red peppers and couscous was a good variation on the usual stuffed mushroom although CDC felt that the amount of couscous was minimal.  Both of these are a very reasonable £4.95 and the most expensive starter is Seared Scallops at £8.95.

The individual Beef Wellington at £18.95 is a good buy for fillet steak, the pastry was moist and it was served with a delicious rich gravy.  CDC was pleased with her rib-eye Steak which is unusual! The steak was a reasonable £12.95.

On other occasions we both had Duck Breast which comes with a Galliano and orange sauce.  The portions were good with an excellent sauce and some good spinach  but the texture of the duck was disappointing.  There are usually two or three fish dishes, including New Zealand green shell mussels and a nice selection of vegetarian meals.

There is also an extensive lunch time menu with light dishes, pub-style dishes and filled breads.  The wines are eminently reasonable with a good selection ranging between £12-£18.00.

If the sun shines, with the tables outside, this will a great place for meals of all types.  With the new owners, I do hope that the Water’s Edge will have the stability and continuity that it has lacked before.  It is an interesting fact that the only two restaurants in Penarth which have been continuously open for over 10 years are both Italian, so the odds look good!

Richard Fisher

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