When I was in Cardiff, Wales, UK, one of my stops in this cool city was at the Millennium Centre, right off of Cardiff Bay. Before we had a tour of this fantastic performing arts center, we had a quick but very tasty lunch at Ffresh Bar.
This restaurant is recommended in the Michelin Guide 2015 and Good Food Guide, with menus designed by the consultant chef Sean Hill of the Walnut Tree Abergavenny.
We shared the fish board (£7.50), a large slate tray of silky, thinly sliced cured salmon sprinkled in briny capers, smoked trout and sardines. This board can easily be shared with three or four people as an appetizer and it’s delicious.
We also had Welsh rarebit with Collier’s cheddar with bacon and laver bread (£6.95). This is an upscale rarebit, mind you. (Rarebit is technically peasant or blue-collar kind of food.) The rarebit is not as unctuous and decadent as this sandwich would be but it was still a very fine open-faced sandwich. The thick toast lightly coated in fine, melted Collier’s cheddar and laver bread (a type of fresh seaweed) then topped with wide ribbons of lightly crisped bacon.
Some of us had the five bean burger with halloumi and topped with pesto or the Welsh beef burger with blue cheese and mustard mayo (£9.50 each). I have not tried the vegetarian burger but the Welsh beef burger was nicely done. The beef was juicy, not overwhelmed by the blue cheese and the mustard mayonnaise balanced out the fattiness of the beef. The bread was soft and was able to hold all of the contents of the burger. The chips (the fries) were crisp on the exterior and wonderfully fluffy on the inside.
The quick meal was very good and a good value for where we are located. (If this was New York City’s Lincoln Center, it’s pretty hard to spend under $30 USD per person.)
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Ffresh Bar at Wales Millenium Centre (Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru)
Cardiff Bay CF10 5AL
Phone: 029 2063 6465