“ Cardif Bay, Unit 26, Mermaid Quay, CF10 5BZ. Tel:029 2049 1882 „
June 2012 the lunch time special was very good value at £9.99 for two courses, we all choose salmon well presented in a herb sauce, beautifully cooked. I thought the coffee's expensive, though soft drinks were average.the service was good but as quet not outstanding, would certainly return.,either at lunch time or in the evening to taste the atmosphere in spite of somenof the negative reviews.
This is a great restaurant if you are after good authentic food, great environment and good service. I have been eating here for a while now and it's always a pleasurable experience.
Its casual smart so you don't feel like you have to be 'dolled up' so enjoy! We discovered this place by chance when visiting Cardiff and we now return every time that we visit Cardiff. The food is always brilliant and the staff very nice. There is always a great atmosphere and the whole family loves going here, it's a treat! Stylish surroundings, outdoor dining and champagne bar.
I've recommended this place to many of my friends for when they visit Cardiff and some have taken me up on the recommendation and have told me that they are glad they did, all of them had the same great experience as I did when I went there myself. Spot on.
I had high expectations of Demiro's. It always looks really busy and the food is on the expensive side so I expected the service to match. How wrong was I. We were 'greeted' by a surly looking woman who told us our table wouldn't be long and if we'd like to take a seat by the bar she'd call us in a few minutes. After waiting at the bar, the barmaid told us we were in the wrong place and grumpily told us to go to the other end. Then we found we were unable to put our drinks on the tab as our table wasn't ready yet. After waiting for over 20 mins we enquired if our table was ready. The 'greeter' reluctantly went to look and came back and said 'yes...it's over there.' As we had no idea 'where' we waited and she looked at us as if we were simple. Eventually another member of staff took pity on us and showed us to the table. The food was ok, but way over-priced. The only redeeming feature were the male singers who helped to create an enjoyable atmosphere. This could have been an enjoyable evening if the miserable staff didn't make you feel as if you were an inconvenience. Avoid if you want a pleasant night out!
Cardiff Bay is "Europe's most exciting waterfront". An attractive location in Butetown, Cardiff that looks out over the redeveloped port. Amongst the many attractions in the Bay is a fantastic array of restaurants.
The Bay is a fantastic place for dining of all occasions and due to its location (uhhh, on the bay) makes a fabulous place to dine on summer evenings. Most of the restaurants offer views of the water and of the new developments which are making the area more and more popular to visit.
On a recent Friday night, my boyfriend and I were deciding what to do. For a change we decided to make the 30 minute journey, down the M4 from where to live to Cardiff Bay for a meal.
There is a multi storey car park situated a 2 minute walk away but we parked on double yellows (naughty) along with about 30 other cars... so I'm not quite sure what's going on there...
Undecided as to what we wanted to eat, we took a walk around checking out the different restaurants and their menu's (conveniently displayed outside each one) all the while absorbing the views and the electric Friday night atmosphere.
On a whim we decided to make a loop back around the Bay and into a restaurant called Demiro's. A work colleague had already recommended this particular restaurant and so we ventured in.
Demiro's is a Mediterranean restaurant and is situated opposite the Wales Millennium Centre. It also overlooks the 'Oval Basin'. My first thoughts were that it was an Italian restaurant (I was a third right) as the name sort of gives that suggestion.
There were lots of tables both inside and out and a thing I really liked about this restaurant was that there was a professional singer outside, serenading the diners and drinkers. It was fabulous, he sang "Me and Mrs Jones" and the overall effect of being near the water, the amount of people dining and the singer made me feel as though I was on holiday in some lovely sunny country as opposed to sodden Wales.
We approached the door and looked in. It was extremely packed but had such a good atmosphere we decided to go in anyway. A very polite waitress (with a distinct Valleys accent.. despite her exotic looks) greeted us and told us that unfortunately there wouldn't be a table for two available for about 20 minutes but if we wanted to order drinks and sit outside she would call us when the table was ready. As we were in no hurry to eat, we went to the bar and ordered a drink each. This was my first concern, the drinks were very expensive! I had very little change from a ten pound note.. And one of the drinks was a coke as the boyfriend had volunteered to be designated driver. But trying to hide my horror, we left the restaurant once again gracing the Bay and the fantastic singer.
We sat at a table and drank our drinks as we waited for our table. The crowd were all having a good time and really enjoying the entertainment. This was the first time I'd witnessed a spectacle like this on a night out for a meal... and I was rather enjoying myself.
10 minutes later (not the 20 she'd told us) the waitress came and found us outside and led us to our table. The first thing I noticed was how loud the restaurant was but I didn't mind so much. There was old swing music playing loudly in the background and a waiter who doubled as an opera singer weaving around the tables singing. It was quite an experience!
The restaurant was decorated in black, white and red with mirrored pillars and an open kitchen where you could see the chefs preparing the meals. Our table was set with glasses and red napkins although I must say I was a little jealous that some tables had red helium balloons.
We were sat quite closely to another couple but on our right hand side was one of the mirrored pillars distancing us from other diners, if I had had a table on my other side I would've felt a little claustrophobic.
The same waitress who seated us returned and presented us with menus. I was quite shocked to find not only was there an Italian menu (which I had first suspected) but there was also a Welsh menu and a Spanish menu. So there was something for everybody.
I was also quite surprised to notice the prices, as the drinks had been so expensive I'd psyched myself up for an expensive evening overall, but the dishes were priced quite reasonably. I opted for Bruschetta for starter from the Italian menu, which cost £3.50. And Pizza 'Tuscany' for my main, which cost £6.95. So my meal had in total come to just over a tenner. Bargain.
My boyfriend ordered his food and within 10 minutes we were served our starter. I was quite surprised at this, as the restaurant was heaving with diners and there didn't seem to be many Chefs in the kitchen. They were obviously quick workers, but did that mean the food lacked in quality?
Absolutely not, I tucked into my (rather huge) starter and it was so delicious I could've skipped the pizza and had another starter instead. After eating my boyfriend and I both commented on how tasty the starter was and pondered how long the main would be.
Whilst waiting for the main, we were distracted by a waiter carrying a cake with '50' candles on it and a man playing the trumpet to the tune of 'Happy Birthday' it was so pleasant and the whole restaurant joined in wishing the guest a happy 50th. This place just got better and better.
After another short wait our main arrived. "Oh. My. Gosh." was all I managed to utter when it arrived. The pizza was heeeuuuuuge. 12 inches (8 thick slices) of thin crust, garlic and mushroom pizza all to myself.
I had read on the menu how the chefs use an authentic Italian stove to produce the smoky taste of the crust. It paid off because it was delicious.
I managed to finish 6 and a half slices before I thought I was going to explode and worried that my button would shoot off my jeans and shatter a bottle of expensive champagne.
As I don't like to waste food I donated the remaining slices to the H.W.D (human waste disposal a.k.a the boyfriend). He agreed that it was delicious and that his steak (selected from the Welsh menu) was cooked to perfection.
After finishing our drinks and deciding against dessert (I couldn't have if I'd tried) we asked a waiter for the bill. It was then I noticed their uniform. White shirts and black trousers... quite average for a waiter, but also black braces with gold metal detailing which I thought actually looked quite nice and added to the overall charm of the restaurant.
Another thing I noticed which also impressed me, was the frequency that the chefs were cleaning down the walls and surfaces. Very hygienic.
When the bill arrived we had another shock. It totalled a mere £32.00. That was two starters, a 12 inch pizza and a hefty lump of steak. Again we were very impressed. Especially as the standard was outstanding for such a good price.
As we were about to leave the waitress who first seated us approached me. "From the gentleman" she said smiling at my boyfriend. What an old romantic, he'd only gone and gotten me a red helium heart shaped balloon.
So to sum up, we had a fantastic night, ate delicious food, had a wonderful experience all at the fantastic location which is Cardiff Bay. I would definitely recommend this restaurant, even at it's busiest you will still have a good time. It's definitely a place worth visiting.