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Restaurant James Sommerin

The Esplanade, PENARTH, CF64 3AU

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Restaurant James Sommerin is AA Restaurant of the Year for Wales 2016-2017. James Sommerin's latest berth is this multi-hued timbered building on the esplanade at Penarth, a boutique spot for elegant relaxation with soothing sea views, and the nerve-centre for an ambitious culinary operation that extends to chef's demonstrations, an on-view kitchen, and a range of menu deals. These include a full carte as well as the six- and nine-course surprise tasters, together with the option of a chef's table and afternoon tea if you're in the mood for a scone. Sommerin's cooking is full of technical panache and inventive energy, using modern classic ideas in fascinating ways. An opening assemblage of roast beetroot with pine nuts, goats' cheese and pickle looks dramatic, while scallops get a runout with Jerusalem artichoke, mushrooms and fennel seed. At main course, gentle cooking brings all the expressive depth out of a cut of 32-day aged sirloin, partnered with oxtail and puréed parsnips in red wine, or there may be sea bass with butternut squash and fennel in spiced butter, or locally caught cod glammed up in squid ink with samphire. Fruit-based desserts are fragrant and satisfying, as when a cherry soufflé appears with marzipan ice cream, or exotic kalamansi is seasoned with black sesame and orange blossom.

Further information

Tel: 029 2070 6559
Please quote 'The AA'.
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Days closed: Mon
Dates closed: 1 wk Jan

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern British
Chef: James Sommerin
Number of seats: 65
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Disabled toilets.
Vegetarian meals available.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.


Restaurant price guide

A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £18.00
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.



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