I have visited La Braseria, or the Braz as it is so often called, so many times I couldn’t count the visits. Before I had children we used to be regulars and without fail as a crowd we would head there every Christmas Eve for lunch, as it had the best atmosphere in the whole of Swansea. We even used to see Bonnie Tyler there most years on a Christmas Eve.
Nowadays, since my children have come along, I have been there much less frequently, so when my mum suggested meeting there with my youngest for a mid-week lunch, I thought it would be a lovely idea to go back to a firm family favourite.
Being a cold wet day, it was lovely to head inside into the warm and welcoming buzz of La Braseria, which is a real authentic Spanish restaurant in Swansea. Despite it being mid-week there was still plenty of atmosphere and the downstairs part of the restaurant was already well filled with groups and couples tucking into their meals and chatting over wine.
The typical Spanish music was playing in the background and atmosphere was nice and informal. The decor is authentically Spanish, lots of wooden beams, wooden barrels and menu’s on chalk board. The lighting is very dim, with low lamps and candle light, which all add to it’s charm.
We were greeted by a friendly waitress who showed us to our table, which was nicely positioned in the middle of the restaurant. A high chair was got for us straight away without any delay. We were told of our table number and asked to place our order at the counter. We were also asked if we would like any drinks and we ordered two glasses of house red and some water for the table.
We went up to the counter to order straight away before settling the little one into her high chair (as if I got her in once and took her out again I knew wouldn’t get her back in!)
She loved the counter and kept on pointing at all the fish while we waited for our turn to order. There was a great selection of meat and fish to choose from – the seabass and the gambas were really tempting.
As we were just there for lunch we both decided on the lunch special, which is two courses for £11.95. My mum and I both chose the fish soup to start, my mum then chose the baked Hake and I paid an extra £1.50 supplement for the Beef Medallions in a pepper sauce. We both opted for the chips, but we could have had a jacket if we had preferred.
Salad’s and bread are all charged as additional extras, so we chose a portion of bread to share to accompany our soup. Whilst we didn’t opt for a salad, the salad bar looked very tasty, with plenty of choice and lovely dressings to choose from. There were no child meals or children’s portion sizes on offer so I decided that she would have some of mine, and luckily I had brought along some snacks too.
By the time we returned to our table our drinks were waiting there for us, along with a small plate and spoon and fork for the little one. The house red was a very tasty, full bodied red and I would have quite happily ordered it by the bottle if we had been there for an evening.
We then waited quite a while for our starters, but we didn’t mind as we had the time to relax and enjoy the ambience. We didn’t feel rushed at all throughout the meal, which was very much welcomed.
When it came, we were not disappointed with the flavour. It was quite a peasant style of fish soup, with small pieces of fish in a slightly spiced tomato based sauce. It was so tasty, that our bread was used to mop up and wipe the bowls clean.
My main of beef medallions, was served with promise, as the sauce looked delicious. On tasting, the beef was very tender and the sauce was very rich and there was plenty of it.
My mum was very happy with her baked hake, and she had a massive dollop of tartar sauce to go with it. The chips were really moorish, proper chips cooked in proper fat – mmmm. The portion sizes are not huge, the al a carte portion sizes are larger, but you can be guaranteed of some very tasty food.
La Braseria, certainly accommodates children, and my little one had lots of attention from the friendly waiters, but I couldn’t say it is geared towards being a child friendly place to visit. Yes it has high chairs, but there was no changing station and there are no child menus or children’s portions available.
When I have been there in the past with the boys, I have usually ordered one meal to share between them, and as they love seafood in particular, this has never been a problem for us, but it is worth noting if you have fussy diners or if children’s ‘typical choices’ are a must for you.
We had a really lovely leisurely lunch at La Braseria and I look forward to returning soon. I hope I won’t leave it so long until my next visit!
Family Friendly Rating: **
High Chairs – Yes
Baby Changing –No
Childrens Menu – No
Smaller Portions Available – No (Only starters)
Other Info: The lunch time menu is available Monday – Saturday between 12.00 – 2.30 p.m
Address: 28 Wind Street, Swansea, SA1 1DZ.
Tel: 01792 469683