Dine in the chic ambiance of Woods Bar & Brasserie where the decor is minimalist and the menu extensive. It is an ideal venue for that special occasio... More
Woods Bar & Brasserie
Dine in the chic ambiance of Woods Bar & Brasserie where the decor is minimalist and the menu extensive. It is an ideal venue for that special occasion, whether it's an important business meeting or family anniversary. The menu includes delectable treats such as home-made breads, oysters, pan-fried calf's liver and duck, and desserts ranging from ultra-rich chocolate creations to lighter polenta cake. The restaurant also offers a fine range of wines, spirits, champagnes and liqueurs. Woods has built up an impressive clientele from the business community and the Welsh Parliament too. Please check the website for the opening hours on Sunday.
The bar and waiting staff were friendly and the reception welcoming. Service was relatively fast and efficient though a bit overattentive at times (except when we needed the bill). Starters were good, creamy parsnip soup and good caesar slald with lots of parmesan and good flavour.
Mains were a disappointing (beef selection and lamb shank). They were barely lukewarm. The flavours were intense but the dishes oversalted. The portions were huge though - no-one is going to starve here. The green vegetables were very well cooked but the chips soggy and of the thin and stringy variety.
Easily the worst individual item was the wine. This was a red from a by the glass range, which is often a bit dodgy, but really was horrid, with a nasty petroleum chemical edge to the flavour - on reflection I should have complained. How long had this bottle been open I wonder. For the price I thought this restaurant poor value and for a similar price you could go to the much better Le Gallois instead, and that's what I'll do next time!