St Davids 2

I have been looking forward with some anticipation to the opening of the St David’s 2 complex with the promise that there were going to be 29 new restaurants and bars there. So, now that it is open, what do we have so far?
 
On Eastside, the so-called Food Quarter, what do we find: Pizza Express - well-known Italian Franchise. Nando’s – Fried Chicken ... Franchise. Café Rouge – faux-French ... Franchise (although I must say I still like it!). Yo! Sushi – New Wave Japanese (with inevitable conveyor belt!)... Franchise. ChimiChangas - Mexican ...um ... Franchise. Pret a Manger – snobby sandwich ... yes ... Franchise.
 
So far, nothing to alert the Michelin inspectors to! Perhaps we will find something interesting in the row of restaurants underneath the new Library on Mill Lane: Wagamama, - Japanese ... Franchise - ok if you’ve outgrown Pot Noodles. Gourmet Burger Kitchen – speaks for itself and, anyway, surely a contradiction in terms.
 
My last hope was Jamie Oliver’s restaurant on Mill Lane but yet more disappointment when I found that it was just one of his series of Italian-themed Restaurants. Some of the items sound interesting but there is nothing very novel – I am told that the Lamb Chop Lollipops are three one-mouthful lamp chops, albeit Welsh. Portions can apparently be seriously small, particularly the chips, so don’t bother with the “posh truffle chips” even though they are described as ‘insanely good’ – shouldn’t it be insanely priced at £2.95??
 
In all honesty, you are better off going over to the Kings Cross and getting a good serving of local flavour.
 
Best of luck with your office Christmas Party meals!!!
 
Richard Fisher

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