Eaves Restaurant, Bridgend – A Welcome Addition to the Bridgend Dining Scene
We’d been meaning to try Eaves Restaurant in Bridgend for a while. I’d seen it from the main road when passing and liked the look of it. Lit up with its big open windows it gave out a warm and welcoming glow which made me just want to call in. So I did a bit of digging around, and this informed me, that Jonathan Edwards was the Head Chef. Edwards has a background in fine dining, and was mentored by Michelin Star Chef, Roger Jones, of the Harrow in Little Bedwyn. So all this makes me want to visit even more.
Eaves Restaurant is part of Cae Court, a boutique hotel, set within an old picturesque 19th Century building in Bridgend town. The Eaves Restaurant, occupies the modern extension at the back. It’s stylishly decorated in a contemporary style with bright orange chairs, abstract art and huge panoramic windows. The fully glazed dining room takes in the views over Bridgend, and the nearby River Ogwr. We visited on a gloomy day which meant we had a view over the brown waters of Bridgend and the industrial warehouses beneath. I have a feeling that the view would be more impressive in the evening.
We went along for Sunday lunch with the kids and the grandparents to sample their three course Sunday lunch menu.
The food at Eaves Restaurant
An amuse bouche of parmesan choux buns were a little underwhelming. The thing about an amuse bouche is that it is supposed to give you an indicator of the meal to come. But in this case, hopefully not.
For starter I sampled the melon and Parma ham. I guess there’s not a lot you can do to elevate melon, but they had a good go. The dish was pretty as a picture. The gala melon was carved into a rose topped with delicate rose pearls. The pearls popped in your mouth with a flavour of rose water which was a bit like a nan’s perfume. I didn’t mind them as such, but I’m not sure it enhanced the dish in any way, apart from that it gave it some glamour.
My partner had the sweetcorn velote, a deliciously smooth, surprisingly spicy soup with shredded crab at its centre and salty curried popcorn on the side. The curried popcorn was a little gimmicky, not good not bad, but just not particularly necessary.
My mum opted for the traditional prawn cocktail, which seems to be making a bit of a resurgence. I’ve started to see it popping up on menus more and more. It reminds me of Christmas dinner when I was little, as my parents would serve up prawn cocktail in avocado as a starter. There was no avocado here, just plenty of fat prawns and crayfish in a creamy Marie Rose. Of course I couldn’t possibly say which was better. Especially as my mum is my most loyal reader. All things considered, all the starters were nice dishes.
And so, onto the mains. My trio of beef, consisted of tender fillet steak, braised cheek and a miniature beef pie with a buttery puff pastry top. The cooking of all the beef elements was perfect and I devoured every mouthful. The gravy was proper tasty, dark brown and glossy so that you could see your face in it. My only complaint was the portion size. I’m not a huge eater, but I found it a little stingy on the fillet and I would have welcomed more.
My mum had the Salmon and pronounced it delicious. Poached Salmon was served with charred fennel and roasted new potatoes. It was a a light dish where the salmon was rightly the star of the show.
My Dad had the lamb which was also well received. I noticed, as I was still riling from the lack of beef on my plate, that the portion size was generous. Like the beef, it was reportedly tender. The sides of vegetables; broccoli, carrots and beans, were all cooked perfectly, nice and al-dente with a helping of butter.
Service was warm, friendly and accommodating. We hate being rushed and so asked for a break between mains and desserts which was duly granted.
The proof is in the pudding:
Desserts of sticky toffee pudding, baked lemon cheesecake and a selection of miniature chocolate desserts followed.
The toffee pudding was perfect, a soft moist sponge topped with a gorgeous sticky and sweet toffee sauce that made you want to lick the bowl. The chocolate desserts were rich and gooey. But, the lemon cheesecake was the winner. This was suitably tart with a light crunchy base and a deliciously smooth and creamy side of ice-cream.
So what’s our verdict?
There is a lot to like at Eaves Restaurant. The decor and atmosphere both very pleasant. I also liked that it was also in no way pretentious.
It was nice to see that they not only catered for children but welcomed them too. Not only did they offer a childrens menu, but kids could also have smaller portions from the main menu, which ours did and they thoroughly enjoyed. However, I personally wouldn’t take them there in an evening, as I think it would be a more intimate atmosphere then.
To sum up, I have to say, the whole meal was very tasty. I often find Sunday lunch out to be a huge disappointment, with suboptimal roasties and thin gravy. This certainly wasn’t the case here. The cooking was clearly competent, its just that I can’t say that any of the dishes completely blew me away. But I guess the main question is “would I go back?” – The answer, “yes absolutely”.
Family Friendly Rating: ****
High Chairs – Yes
Baby Changing – Yes
Childrens Menu – Yes (for under 12s)
Dog friendly: No
Please note: For larger parties (6 and over), a non-refundable deposit of £10 per person is required to secure your booking.
Address: Cae Court Hotel , 12 Merthyr Mawr Road North. Bridgend, CF31 3NH
Tel: +44 (0) 1656 668866