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Review: Pizza Pronto – Penarth

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Pizza Pronto kiosk Penarth

The peculiar little shack near Penarth train station has some new residents, in the form of Pizza Pronto, a new artisan pizza takeaway, which opened today (30 June).

The Penarth Kiosk is officially the town’s smallest business premises, and you can definitely tell as you squeeze past the two people stood inside to get a better look at the menu, and they have to move outside. However, what Pizza Pronto may lack in space, it makes up for in really, good, pizza.

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The Port House, 417 Strand: Official launch review

I’ve been in London around a month now and I’m loving it. Aside from the commuting, the rude people and the prices, it’s pretty great. However, it was made that little bit better this week, when I discovered gin and tonics as big as my face at the official launch of the Port House restaurant on the Strand.

Billed as the rather tempting combination of ‘gin and tapas’, I tottered along and arrived a fashionable two hours after the start time (bloody job…). The place was heaving, with everyone clutching huge goblets of gin, overflowing with an array of leaves and sticks and fruit.

Goblet of gin and tonic

Gin as big as my face

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Wirra Wirra and Jackson Estate wine dinner at the Pantechnicon, Belgravia: Wirra Wirra

I was recently invited to dinner with Paul Smith, senior winemaker at Wirra Wirra in Australia and John Stichbury, founder and managing director of Jackson Estate in New Zealand. Over dinner at the Pantechnicon, we sampled around 10 wines from the two companies.

I was sat next to Paul Smith, senior winemaker at Wirra Wirra, who told me some of the many tales and stories from Wirra Wirra’s history. Many of these anecdotes have made their way into Wirra Wirra’s wine names.

Although we sampled the wines over dinner at The Pantechnicon in Belgravia, Paul said it was much more important to enjoy the wines with great conversation, great friends and food, rather than being concerned with specific food and wine pairings.

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Restaurant Review: The Kings Arms Pentyrch

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Kings Arms Pentyrch Dining room

After a brief drive through the Pentyrch countryside, the Kings Arms almost sprung out on us from the lovely village it is found in. Taken over recently by Otley Brewing Company, the newly renovated Kings Arms has only been open since February, working on the philosophies of: using locally sourced foods, creating innovative seasonal menus, and operating as sustainably as possible.

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Purple Poppadom: Deep Blue menu review

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I’ve never been a particularly lucky person (10 near-death experiences and counting). However, I was fortunate enough to win one of seven spots to taste the new Deep Blue menu at Purple Poppadom in Cardiff. This nouvelle Indian cuisine restaurant has already won the award for Welsh Curry House of the year 2012 after being open for less than a year!

Head chef Anand George has so far done an amazing job of creating an Indian restaurant so unbelievably far removed from the garish tikka massalas and ghee-laden curries people unfortunately think of when mentioning Indian food. Constantly updating and reinventing menus, Deep Blue is the newest offering from the Cowbridge establishment.

The menu we sampled was still in its final trial stages and we were giving feedback throughout the evening. So if you do head down and the menu is even better, I’d like to think I had a helping hand in that! Each course is served with an accompanying beer or cider which is an interesting twist to the usual wine accompaniment.

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Purple Poppadom restaurant launch

Restaurant openings and launches in this economic time can be very tricky. You really need to nail it and promise something different – especially in a city already full of Indian restaurants. Yet for Anand George’s Purple Poppadom – a nouvelle-Indian restaurant, I don’t think this will be a problem.

Anand George, award-winning Indian chef, was responsible for bringing the culinary delights of Mint and Mustard to Cardiff, as well as Chai Street. He has also worked in some of the most prestigious five star restaurants in London and Mumbai.

So what makes Purple Poppadom so different?

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