Saturday, 17 September 2016

The Discovery, Cyncoed, Cardiff pub review

When I called The Discovery to ask for details about the Dirty 30 it was a little bit embarrassing.

I’ll save you the blushes - if you visit The Discovery or another Knife & Fork Food pub (The Conway, The Pilot and The Old Swann Inn) on a Monday or Tuesday until 29 November and you order a main course then you get 30% of all your food.

This means their already well-priced pub food is now cheap by most people’s standards.

Crisp crumbed croquetas oozed ham studded bechamel (£3.85). They were a tad salty but balanced nicely by sweet garden peas in a cream sauce. 

A trio of finely minced curried swordfish fritters (£3.85) were deeply golden and paired well with salty samphire, garlicky aioli and over-oiled leaves. 

Onto mains and my burger (£6.65) was a handsome beast. A toasted brioche bun contained a whopping loosely-packed patty (requested medium but served a juicy well done) laden with tangy burger sauce, lettuce, tomato, red onion, a good slick of mild melted cheese and crisp thick cut bacon.

It was accompanied by very good thick cut chips. The Discovery’s burger can most certainly hold its head up high alongside Cardiff’s specialist burger gaffs. 

Mrs G’s dish sounded good on paper but unfortunately didn’t deliver on its promise.

A plump piece of cod (£8.40) flaked beautifully but lacked crisp skin. It was served with a chestnut “veloute” which was actually more of a lukewarm puree, a huge piece of roast cabbage which was frustratingly difficult to cut and lovely potato croquettes.

For dessert, a crisp tart containing sweet frangipane (£3.85) studded with soft pears and blueberries was paired with excellent stem ginger ice cream that packed a good punch. 

I haven’t eaten arctic roll (£3.85) in about twenty years so I ordered it out of curiosity. A thin layer of slightly wet and cold chocolate sponge surrounding smooth chocolate ice cream was joined by a very good punchy morello cherry sorbet, poached cherries and whipped cream. It was a decent dessert but it didn’t make me regret my last two decades of arctic roll free living. 

Despite a couple duds, the majority of our meal at The Discovery was very good. Throw in some cheap prices, friendly service and a good beer selection and I’d certainly head back for an early-week burger.

The Details:

Address - The Discovery, Celyn Avenue, Lakeside, Cardiff CF23 6FH
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Telephone - 02920 755 015

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