Nine Yards, Cardiff – review

Prosecco and patisseries. Sounds like every girl’s dream, eh? But at Nine Yards it doesn’t just stop there, not any more.

This ever so cute cafe bar on St Mary’s Street in Cardiff now boasts a bite-size menu popularised by bruschetta, antipasti, and filled with fresh traditional Italian flavours – and they don’t scrimp on quality.

I was lucky enough to be invited along for a taster, and I’m ashamed to say it was the first time I’d been there since the venue’s former guise as Bunk House. The decor had altered from kooky seating (remember the bed?) and lampshades and odds and ends hanging from the ceiling to take on a more sophisticated style of wooden-clad walls, metal furnishings and dangling filament bulbs. I was a big fan of the tables – the tops made from large floor tiles – and was impressed to learn that proprietor Jonathan White had almost built the entire interior with his previous life stage design hat on.

What found its way onto our tables was even better. Simple concepts and fantastic combinations all Italian-inspired and many of which made me think – now why didn’t I think of that? My absolute favourite was the Gorgonzola with garlic and honey served on bruschetta, so much so that the very next day I went out and bought the ingredients to make it at home! Plus the proscuitto and fig and Tuscan sausage were also something special.

Perfect option for a light work lunch and a great venue for a date or downing a few glasses of Prosecco over some nibbles with friends.

My eat of the week

  • Burrata basil tomato
  • Creamy garlic mushrooms
  • Gorgonzola garlic honey
  • Meatballs
  • Tuscan sausage
  • Trofie with pesto
  • Asparagus lemon parmesan
  • Proscuitto Taleggio fig
  • White chocolate panna cotta with raspberry
  • Strawberry tart
  • Tiramisu

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