St David’s Hotel opens Wales’s debut Australasian restaurant

The five-star St David’s Hotel in Cardiff has opened its new restaurant, with flavours of Australasia at its heart.

The new restaurant, named The Admiral St David, has been inspired by the hotel’s nautical roots and will draw on the cultures and bold cuisines of Australasia and the Asia-Pacific region including Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan and Sri Lanka.

The eatery is said to be the first of its kind in Wales and launched officially on September 15.

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The all-day menu has been devised by the hotel’s executive chef Martyn Watkins, and uses seasonal Welsh produce.

Dishes on the a la carte menu include Thai sweet potato curry, chicken laksa, lemongrass-marinated Welsh lamb, and crispy Malaysian sea bream. While small bites on the bar menu include chicken satay sliders, Korean beef bon bons, Wasabi rarebit, Adobo chicken wings and Padang-style potato fritters.

General manager Russell Durnell said: “We are bringing the zest, spice and flavours of new Australasian dining to the heart of Cardiff Bay and taking our guests on a culinary journey.

“Diners at The Admiral St David will experience a melting pot of flavours and cultures in a mouthful. We have taken the very best dishes from Asia-Pacific and Australasia and added the best Welsh produce to offer something exciting and different.

“It is a thrill to see our guests enjoy the ‘deliciousness’ of our new restaurant concept which is fast becoming a firm favourite in the Cardiff dining scene.”

The restaurant and bar has opened in the former Tempus at Tides eatery located in the five-star hotel, operated by The Principal Hotel Company.

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