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The Meating Place, Cardiff

September 13, 2011

It’s my birthday tomorrow, and as I’ll be working in the evening we went out for a birthday meal tonight with my parents and my not-so-little-anymore brother. I’d heard good things about the Meating Place, and it’s part of Cardiff’s Chameleon Group (which also includes the Vulcan Lounge and the North Star, both of which we haunt regularly) so it seemed the perfect choice for a celebratory meal.

The decor is quirky and atmospheric and the staff were great: friendly but unobtrusive. We had the place to ourselves to start but it quickly began to fill up. They have a simple and pared-down menu with free-range meat sourced from local suppliers: all good.

I had the grilled chicken with Moroccan cous cous, H the sirloin steak medium rare, Dad the salmon, Mum the lamb cutlets and not-so-little brother had the lamb skewer. The service was quick and the food was well-presented, with the main showpiece being the skewer. Served with chunky chips and a salad, it also comes with tongs to remove the meat from the skewer, which is suspended above the table from a ceiling-mounted metal chandelier base. (We had been wondering what these were prior to the arrival of the skewer). The portions are generous – none of us could face the dessert menu having completed the mains.

The bill comes with small squares of chocolate and hazelnut brownies, which were delicious. We’ll certainly be going back, and I’m even more determined to visit the Potted Pig, which is also part of the group.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 13, 2011 9:38 pm

    Definitely try the potted pig!

  2. Rhys permalink
    October 17, 2011 9:50 am

    This place sounds good. I hear they also have real ale on pumps (Butty Bach and HPA), something you don’t usually get in restaurants.

  3. Jane McAlpine permalink
    October 20, 2011 7:25 pm

    It’s ok, but they’re trying to go a bit too upmarket which won’t work in Mary St on a Saturday night. I’ll stick with Charleston’s, thanks.

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