Pink Ravioli!? – Restaurant Review: Bellini’s, Park Place, Cardiff

This weekend, I treated my friend Sarah to a birthday meal at Bellini’s Italiano restaurant on Park Place, Cardiff. 
One of three Bellini’s venues in Cardiff, alongside restaurants in St David’s 2 and Mermaid Quay (Cardiff Bay), Bellini’s on Park Place simply oozes class, boasting fibre optic, spherical lighting, leather seating and marble tables.  

Bellini’s offers a classic Italian menu including antipasti and traditional breads, seafood, pasta, poultry and meat dishes, accompanied by an extensive wine list.

To start, I went for the Salciccia con Spinaci (£5.50), a halved pork sausage pan fried with spinach, garlic, fresh chilli and extra virgin olive oil.

The sausage was of a great quality with a good meaty bite to it, whilst the spinach was bursting with the flavours of the garlic and fresh chilli. The olive oil added moisture to the dish, and it tasted delicious soaked into the crispy flat bread. I couldn’t fault this dish, and I wouldn’t hesitate to order it as a starter again in future.

Sarah began with the Formaggio di Capra (£5.95) – goat’s cheese and black olive tapenade, served with crostini on a bed of mixed lettuce and carrot ribbons. This looked really tasty and Sarah really enjoyed it, although they were a bit mean on the goat’s cheese!

For our main courses, we both knew exactly what we wanted to order based upon past experience! We both went for the Ravioli Gigante con Salmone e Gamberetti (£12.95) – pink, salmon-infused pasta parcels filled with salmon, served in a creamy sauce with fresh prawns and cherry tomatoes.

We both found this pretty tasty, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little disappointed. The dish just didn’t taste as good as when I’ve ordered it before in the Mermaid Quay branch of Bellini’s; I remember the sauce to be cheesier, while the pasta parcels seemed larger than usual and I’m not used to them being pink either. Although this enhanced the colours of the dish, the pasta tasted too heavily of salmon for my liking.

With just enough room left for dessert, I ordered the limoncello cheesecake (£4.95). The base was crumbly and delicious, but the topping wasn’t quite as firm as it should’ve been and I could only just detect a faint hint of lemon. However, my disappointment was very short-lived as the limoncello shot went down rather well indeed!

Sarah couldn’t resist the sound of the fresh cream chocolate profiteroles, served  with a small jug of Chantilly cream for self-pouring (£4.95). These looked amazing; I wished I’d ordered them myself! The profiteroles were fairly large and they were coated in a layer of milk chocolate and dusted with cocoa powder. Sarah was very pleased with her choice of dessert!

We both really enjoyed our meal at Bellini’s. Despite the restaurant being fairly busy, our waitress was friendly and knowledgeable and the service ran smoothly, while our food was both fresh and flavoursome. In terms of value for money, the starters and the desserts were very reasonably priced but the mains were a little on the pricey side. 
However, I can’t seem to shake off my disappointment over my salmon ravioli main course. When I ordered it in the Mermaid Quay branch of Bellini’s it was literally out of this world, but it was far too ‘fishy’ for me at Park Place. I suppose I’ll have to pay the Mermaid Quay branch another visit next time I’m in Cardiff Bay, to find out. 
Bellini’s Italiano
1 Park Place
South Wales
CF10 3DP
(029) 2022 6866


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