So, in a changed from the usual business lunch. I thought I’d take a moment to run you through a Sunday lunch. Ever fans of the new and always supporters of the quirky, Steak of the Art Cardiff was a no-brainer.
Sat directly opposite the newish Chapel 1877, Steak of the Art hits you from the get go. Even before getting in our kids were cooing about the bright green exterior. Once inside you’re instantly wrapped in a kaleidoscope of colour and posed with the nigh on impossible task of choosing which work of art you want to sit in… As a couple, you might smile and utter something banal and turgid like, “Whatever’s easiest for you….”, with kids it is the law that you have to consider each in detail before choosing one at great length.
So it was that we eschewed a carved wood depiction of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, some window seats upholstered in grafitti and the hot air balloons on the top floor to sit at a table laid with (astro)turf betwixt bench seating covered in cartoon front rows about to clash in a scrum.
Settling into our booth, I started to take in the surrounds, or moreover the surround sounds… Throughout our stay there was some classic mid 90’s music playing, with a special mention to The Chemical Brothers, Robbie Williams, and Chicane. I liked this, a lot. Not as much as my son liked the dinosaur footprints in the loo though! Alongside the neon lit urinals and the pictures that appear only as you close the loo door, the toilets are an experience in themselves.
The staff were plentiful and whilst cheery and helpful, we had a few bloopers during our visit (including a starter platter being completely forgotten about and not knowing what the fish or veg sides were). Still, it’s early days and the free bottled water to the table went some way to patch over the oversights. They were totally forgiven after our youngest managed to empty a full pint of coke all over the place and they busied themselves around it with no quibbles or eye rolling at all.
Th food, on the whole, was pretty good; especially the kids servings. My eldest daughter got a superb fish and chips and finished the lot and the lad seemed pretty stoked with his burger too (they eat healthy at home I should add!). If we’re being picky, whilst my wife’s fillet steak was delicious it was certainly rare and not medium as ordered. Likewise, I don’t doubt that my half a chargrilled chicken was an impressive feat in terms of butchery (all bones are removed and it’s served as a single piece), but an unseasoned lump of chargrilled meat is tough to swallow, however swanky the surrounds. So, there’s room for improvement, but that’s never a bad thing and all of the quibbles above are quick fixes.
Steak of the Art really is all about the experience in its entirety though; the lack of salt and pepper on my lunch won’t be what I remember of our visit. I think all of the family would feel the same; my youngest was happiest wandering around the Alice In Wonderland absurdity of the place.
Will we back? Yeah, I’d say, very probably; it’s good fun and in my opinion a better option than the Fed Cardiff place over the way, which we’d tried the Sunday previous. That said, looking out of the window as we were paying up, I noted the offices of south Wales legend, Leo Abse. Leo, the gay rights campaigner, come lawyer, come politician, come one third of arguably the most talented trio of brothers to grace this land and a household name for many. I wonder will SotA be held in similar esteem in the future…
Steak of the Art – www.steakoftheart.co.uk
Ground Floor, Helmont House, Churchill Way, Cardiff CF10 2HE
Phone: 029 2039 7284