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Cardiff: anything good that's open on a Sunday evening?

curioussheridan Aug 20, 2013 06:43 PM

We'll be arriving by train and leaving for Fishguard the next morning. Most places I've looked up are either closed Sundays or only lunch. Can anybody help?

Don't need something stellar, just a meal that will make me smile.

Thanks!

  1. Tonkadog Aug 23, 2013 11:55 PM

    There's a great 'real' italian called Giovannis directly opposite Jamie's in Cardiff.

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      Londonlinda Aug 22, 2013 01:55 AM

      Jamie's Italian. definitely open Sunday evening, always buzzing, excellent antipasta and pasta.

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      1. re: Londonlinda
        PhilD Aug 22, 2013 06:42 AM

        As someone who loves food I feel it is my duty to save people from Jamie's Italian. Students love it I don't.

        How about these curry houses - all open Sunday and all look worth checking out - http://www.theguardian.com/cardiff/20...

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          Harters Aug 22, 2013 08:45 AM

          When I sent off my contribution to Harden's Guide for their annual "awards" last year, I think I voted for Jamie's Italian in both the "most disappointing" and "most over-priced" categories. Even amongst the general low standard of chain restaurants, this was really piss poor.

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/838570

          (Phil: your link is broken)

          1. re: Harters
            PhilD Aug 22, 2013 11:52 AM

            Try this:
            http://www.theguardian.com/cardiff/20...

          2. re: PhilD
            zuriga1 Aug 22, 2013 11:36 AM

            You get my award as Best Food Samaritan of the Year. I've never met one person who enjoyed the food at Jamie's Italian. Last time I was at Covent Garden, the branch there was packed with people. Amazing what a celeb name can do.

            1. re: zuriga1
              curioussheridan Aug 22, 2013 12:10 PM

              A shame: he made the menu sound good. I guess it's curry for us.

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                johnlevon Aug 22, 2013 02:39 PM

                *shrug* had an enjoyable meal for a good price there. Same happened in Leeds. Manchester's was disappointing. Not a chain fan in general but we liked the first two; compared to Est Est Est and the like I'd choose Jamie's every time.

                (Of course, I'd generally prefer a decent independent instead, especially if I'm planning ahead...)

                1. re: johnlevon
                  PhilD Aug 22, 2013 03:34 PM

                  Isn't that the problem. Yes compared to the rest of the high street chains Jamie's is good - but it is a very low bar to jump. That said, there are lots of British cities where the independents struggle to get over the same bar, hence the popularity of chains and franchise operations. So in those terms Jamie's is a welcome addition to the night street and no doubt a life saver on a Sunday.

                  Jamie's Italian now has 30+ restaurants in six countries so no doubting its success and popularity.

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                Londonlinda Aug 22, 2013 12:29 PM

                Ok, so I get it that most people don't seem to like Jamie's but although I knew that recommending a chain (especially this one, clearly! ) was controversial, I hoped either the recommendation would be useful or it would at least spur folk on to recommend other places they had eaten in. Cardiff is full of places to eat and though I only go there once a year, have had some really great meals (although the Sunday evening thing is a problem). Someone else on this board must have eaten out in Cardiff and be prepared to spill the beans!

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