Sunday, 1 February 2015

Steak of the Art Cardiff - Preview

There is something so inherently satisfying about steak. Call me boring but for me a perfectly cooked steak (harder to find than you think) is a thing of beauty.  The taste, texture and the physical aspect of eating it somehow speaks directly to my inner Neanderthal man! So it was of great interest to me that Steak of the Art were venturing over the bridge from their first restaurant in Bristol to set up their second in Cardiff. 
Steak of the Art, which opened last week, aims to serve delicious food, that is reasonably priced but in an environment that fires up the imagination. The concept is the brain child of classically trained chef and entrepreneur Steve Bowen. The Bristol restaurant by all accounts has been a success and on enquiry with my friends who live in that neck of the woods the response is generally very positive.
The Cardiff restaurant based on Churchill Way is a large 150 cover space, featuring unique booths for up to 6 diners to enjoy their food. These include a Willy Wonka inspired booth, carved out of a single tree trunk by Welsh based champion wood carver Simon O'Rourke, surely the booth for all those looking for a bit of Augustus Gloop style gluttony. Additionally on the mezzanine level there are two hot air balloon booths which 'float' above the main restaurant, a nod to their Bristol background, the home of the famous Bristol International Balloon Fiesta. I personally love the look of the brightly coloured tube like booths, stacked three on three which provide such a striking image. In addition to this there will be art on display to buy. 

As the name of the restaurant suggests steak is at the forefront of the menu, however there are other options. The feel of the menu suggests quite an informal affair with sharing boards for starters and a mixed grill option for the mains. This 'Ronseal' approach i.e "does exactly what it says on the tin" will ultimately  mean it is the steak which they will be judged on. 
I think it is fair to say that Steak of the Art will be a welcomed addition to the ever improving Cardiff food scene and I cannot wait to visit the restaurant not only for the food but for the restaurant itself. Lets hope the food is as good as the restaurant looks, only one way to find out!

Steak of the Art
Ground Floor, Helmont House, Churchill Way, Cardiff, CF10 2HE
Tel: 02920 397284
Twitter: @SteakArtCardiff 

Photos courtesy of Empica Ltd.

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