Entrecote Cafe de Paris, Mermaid Quay
Razzi Restaurant at the Hilton Hotel, Cardiff

Following the tremendously successful efforts by Michael Walters and Emma Waddingham in obtaining membership benefits for us with restaurants and hotels in Cardiff, I thought it would be a dereliction of my duty if I did not try out their wares. 

Michael and I visited Entrecote Café de Paris for lunch in February and were delighted at the refurbishment of the interior which gives a very French feeling, with art deco influences but in a very light and cheerful room enhanced by the magnificent mirrors.  We were also shown the private dining and meeting facilities which comprise of two rooms which are suitable for dining for up to 12 people in classically decorated surroundings although one has a mirror which turns into a flat screen!  There is also the Saint Cloud Suite which is a much larger room but can be divided into two.  All these rooms are served by a private bar.  So impressed were we with the facilities that we immediately booked the Confederation AGM and the Cardiff and District Law Society AGM at this venue. 

When Mike and I visited, they were still putting together a new more French-look menu (at that time, the main courses started with a pasta dish), but we still had some very French dishes including an excellent ham hock terrine and moules mariniere.  The Confederation also held its Council Dinner here after the AGM and again we had some very good French dishes including a particular nicely presented French onion soup and tasty Duck Confit. 

Given its location and prices and the fact that you will get a 25% discount on all food on production of your Platinum Card, I heartily recommend you to visit.  Entrecote is part of a group which includes Senor Valentino, the Bayside Brasserie, Bellinis and Mimosa and the discount applies to all these restaurants. 

We continued our arduous journey by then visiting the Razzi Restaurant at the Hilton.  It is some years since I have eaten in the evening here and I was pleasantly surprised with the choices on the menu and the quality.  The four of us had excellent starters including very good pheasant pate and a generous serving of crab on bruschetta. The Prawn Cocktail came with a tangy sauce but the prawns were a tad on the small size. I ordered the Barnsley Chop for the main and I was delighted to find that this was actually three good thick lamb chops which were cooked perfectly to the requested medium rare.  A fillet of black bream was interestingly served with nice spicy egg noodles and wok fried Chinese greens.  A particularly nice dessert was the Lemon Curd syllabub which was creamy and indulgent but with a good sharp tangy finish.

Be sure to ask for a table in the conservatory area – there cannot be anywhere in the City Centre which gets as close to outdoor dining without you getting wet!

The Hilton is offering a generous 25% discount on both food and drink.

Check the Cardiff and District Law Society website for further details of both these membership benefits and many others and remember always to mention your Platinum Card on arrival. 

 

Richard Fisher

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