The reason being, it normally ends with me wanting to curl up into a ball and doze for the rest of the day.
Also, a roast is one of the few things I can do a semi-decent job at in the kitchen.
However, I’d repeatedly heard good things about the roasts at The Flora in Cathays. So, I thought it was time I’d better check them out.
The Flora is a collaborative venture between Ten Mill Lane and Brains. Whilst the beer selection is a little dull (Barry Island IPA is the most interesting offer), there’s a great selection of curiously named cocktails including Swipe Right, Jeff and Trevor. Also, double premium gins with Fever Tree tonic are a bargainous fiver a pop.
On the day we visited, there were four roasts available including pork loin (£7.95) and nut roast (£7.95).
I ordered the topside of beef (£9.95). A generous amount of medium-cooked, well-flavoured and tender meat was served with soft and sweet roasted carrots, a rich buttery celeriac puree, good cauliflower cheese, a big slightly burnt Yorkshire pudding and a glossy red wine gravy.
Along with the meat, the roast potatoes were the stand-out element; they were properly crisp and fluffy in equal measure.
Mrs G’s leg of Welsh lamb (£9.95) came with the same trimmings. Again, the generous portion of meat was well flavoured but it could have been a bit more tender.
Service unfortunately flatlined after we ordered dessert. After prompting, my pud finally put in an appearance. It was taken off the bill without asking and order was restored.
A big sticky, datey slice of bourbon whisky pudding (£3.50) was drenched in chocolate sauce and served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It wasn’t exactly refined but it was a tasty end to the meal.
Overall we both really enjoyed our roasts at The Flora. They're good value and definitely worth a try.
Address - The Flora, 136 Cathays Terrace, Cardiff CF24 4HY
Web - http://theflora.co.uk/
Telephone - 029 2115 1016