DIARY: Let's do lunch

Woods Brasserie, Reviewed by Jo Welch, chief executive, Morgan Allen Moore

The public relations and public affairs fraternity of Wales are now gathering around the newly chic waterfront area of Cardiff Bay. The area has already seen a number of eateries and watering holes go from teething trouble through unpopular adolescence to tragic early demise.

Although one or two newcomers have hit the right chord, when given the chance to lunch in Cardiff I still head for Woods Brasserie.

Just a short stroll along the waterfront from the National Assembly of Wales, Woods Brasserie is set in the historic Pilotage Building. The interior has been given a modern, minimal feel, with glass walls to the restaurant, although this can, when it's raining outside (a frequent occurrence in Cardiff), make it feel cold.

Regular features on the menu are classics with a modern twist: sausage and mash is becoming a cliche, but this is a good example beautifully set upon the plate. By far my favourite dish is the near-perfect risotto.

However, it's probably the most difficult meal to eat elegantly when trying to impress.

The service is relaxed and friendly and the prices are reasonable for the quality of the food. But be warned: it's a popular place for a business lunch and the tables are a touch close, so take care of who you're sitting next to before revealing any company secrets.

Where: Stuart Street, Cardiff Bay CF10

Contact: 029 2049 2400

How much: £35 for two, wine from £15

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