On our quest for the best food in Cardiff, we realised that we hadn’t been to many restaurants in Whitchurch so on the recommendation of a friend we tried Mediterraneo.
Mediterraneo is right in the heart of Whitchurch Village and looks very much at home. It is a modern and stylish affair with a well packed brick bar at the entrance and a simple decor which oozes rustic and mediterranean charm. We could only get a table at 7pm on this busy Friday night which shows how popular it is. The atmosphere was laid back and not at all pretentious with people dining in couples and in larger groups.
The menu was quite extensive with a good mix of seafood, meat and pasta dishes. I was glad to see that it wasn’t all pasta and pizza. The thought of the lobster platter made my mouth water but it was quite expensive at £25 (although I think probably worth the money) so we opted for a starter and a main instead.
My starter of goats cheese cooked in breadcrumbs with caramelised onion was very good and very substantial. Ben’s starter of butterflied king prawns in a garlic and basil cream sauce however, wasn’t quite as we expected. The prawns were pretty small and he only got four! At £8 for a starter that worked out at £2 per prawn! That’s a pricey prawn. The sauce was a touch watery and under seasoned too. Not what you would expect for the price unfortuntely.
For our main we opted for paella for two. It came in a large dish which we helped ourselves from. It was very nicely presented and the portions were large. In fact, we couldn’t finish it all. There was a generous amount of meat and fish which included the usual chicken, chorizo, prawns, mussels and calamari. The mussels were well cooked and the prawns needed skinning. I love meals where you can dig in and get messy so I was happy to sit there peeling the heads of my prawns. They taste so much better that way! Although the paella was nice, I felt that it was slightly lacking in depth of flavour. The sauce was tomato, white wine and chilli but it just tasted of tomato, I certainly couldn’t taste the chilli.
We decided not to have desert, mainly because we were so stuffed from the paella but also because nothing on the menu really stood out. The options were very average, cheesecake, fudgecake, creme brulee etc but nothing out of the ordinary.
Overall, this is a lovely place. The decor is stylish, the atmosphere is just right whether you’re having a nice romantic meal or out with friends and staff are friendly. However, it is quite expensive and for the money I would expect more than four prawns for £8.
Paella for two!
My last mouthful was: Goats cheese with breadcrumbs with caramelised red onion.
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