Saturday, 8 September 2012

Juno Lounge, Cardiff review - Searching for Cardiff's Best Burger

With a couple of days of freedom before starting my new job, I was in the mood for a leisurely lunch spent flicking through the papers. As far as watering holes go, I like the airy and eclectic feel of the Loungers group (21 UK outposts including Juno Lounge –Roath, Fino Lounge – Whitchurch and Ocho  Lounch – Penarth). However, at £3.40 for a pint of Beck’s and having been served a number of average yet pleasant meals on previous visits, they haven’t entirely won me over.

The Burger – 6oz Hamburger (served pink – according to the menu)

1. How was the patty? The reason I’d ordered the 6oz hamburger instead of the 8oz prime English beef burger (£8.50) was because unlike its larger sibling, it was advertised as being served pink. Sadly, it looked very much brown and as a result, the well seasoned patty was disappointingly dry.

2. How was the bun? A generic floured white bap. A bit like the kind of thing you serve at a family barbeque.  

3. How was the other stuff in the bun? Unassuming melted cheddar restored some moisture to the burger, whilst a couple of leaves of iceberg and slices of tomato and red onion added to its slightly homemade looking appearance. A handy toolbox of condiments included ketchup and mayonnaise. Lastly, a halved Gherkin tasted uncannily similar to a jar of Mrs Ellswood’s I’ve got lurking in the fridge.

 4. How were the fries? Good French fries; crisp and salty, they were the strongest element of the dish.

5. What was the price? £7.95 + 70p for cheese

6. How was the service? Friendly

7. So what's the verdict? Disappointingly mediocre but miraculously still better than Wellfield Road’s other burger offering…..

The Details:

Address – Juno Lounge, 14 Wellfield Road, Roath, Cardiff, CF24 3PB
Telephone - 02920 198 990


  1. Totally agree, disappointingly dry and rather over priced.

  2. @Carrie Somerville - Yes, it's really bad value when you take into account its size and quality.

  3. This doesn't surprise me at all. I utterly detest juno, its all fur coat and no knickers. I find the food disappointing every time despite return visits every now and then to give it another chance. Just promises so much but delivers mediocrity.

  4. @pepper I quite like Juno for drinking but it's such a shame about the food. There's a gap in the market for decent pub food in Roath. Juno Lounge and Pear Tree never fail to serve up something average.

  5. Still you've got to love mrs elsewood