While traditional Welsh dishes, such as rarebit and Glamorgan sausage, are a staple part of most Welsh menus, even the locals get bored of their own creations. These six Swansea restaurants prove that there’s more to Welsh cuisine than fancy toast and cheesy sausages.
Grape & Olive – SA1 1JW
Grape & Olive is situated on the top floor of the Meridian Tower – the tallest building in Wales. With the Swansea Bay underfoot, it’s not only a great place to dine, but offers some of the most picturesque views in the country. Everything on the menu is sourced locally, including daily-delivered fresh fish from the Marina, and cockles from Loughor estuary.
No Sign Bar – SA1 1EG
No Sign Bar holds the prestigious title of Pub of the Year – as rated by CAMRA in 2015. It has also been named as one of Visit Britain’s top destinations, making it the only Welsh bar to rank on the list! When looking at the building from Wind Street, it seems quite modest in size, but don’t let that fool you. Inside it’s like Dr. Who’s TARDIS, boasting four bars, each with their own distinct themes and plenty of space.
Verdi’s – SA3 4EN
Verdi’s is a pleasant little family-run establishment located on Mumbles Road. It’s known throughout the region for its Italian style pizzas, vast selection of home made ice creams and artisan coffee makers. There is indoor and outdoor seating for up to 400 people and fantastic panoramic views of Swansea Bay. But, it’s not just the seafront that attracts visitors. Mumbles is an old Victorian fishing village that still retains many of its 19th century features, providing Verdi’s with a very beautiful backdrop.
Las Iguanas – SA1 1DN
Las Iguanas combines the best local ingredients with herbs and spices that have been imported from exotic countries across the globe. With Latin American, Spanish and African influences, the food provides a true fusion of flavours unlike anywhere else in Southern Wales. The chain itself started in the nearby city of Bristol, but after quickly gaining popularity as one of the South West’s premier Latin restaurants, it expanded to Swansea, settling in Castle Quarter.
LangLands Brasserie – SA3 4SQ
LangLands Brasserie is nestled away on the once-popular sandy beach of Langland Bay. While it’s no longer the bustling tourist destination it once was, it’s still a much loved retreat for both locals and international visitors. Seafood is where this restaurant excels. All of the fish is caught and cooked on the day; therefore, you never know what will be on the menu. On Sundays locals often flock to the scenic site to enjoy a freshly cooked roast, watch the sunset and listen to live music.
The Bay Bistro – SA3 1PL
The Bistro Bay overlooks Rhossili Bay and is an odd combination of coffee house, gift shop and surf shack. Almost everything in stock is home made – the food, the gifts and even some of the surf boards. While it serves a simple menu of sandwiches, salads and British/Welsh classics, only the best quality, local produce is used. There is also a wide selection of vegetarian and gluten-free dishes.