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Saturday, 11 June 2016

The Classroom


I love a restaurant with a great view, so during my recent visit to Cardiff I was keen to try out The Classroom, a modern European restaurant with panoramic views stretching across the capital. The restaurant is based on the top floor of Cardiff and Vale College’s landmark £45m City Centre Campus, and is led by a team of industry professionals who are passionate about developing future talent for the hospitality industry.
We arrived for our 6.00pm dinner reservation and had the restaurant to ourselves. It really has the "wow" factor; the floor to ceiling windows showed off the cityscape and the beautiful welsh hills in the distance. We enjoyed spotting all the landmarks and considered how the city has changed so quickly in recent years.
The staff were polite and friendly and showed us to our table and provided us with menus. I ordered my new favourite tipple, a champagne cocktail with hennessy fine de cognac, finished with Veuve Clicquot champagne, and D ordered a glass of red. Lovely! We decided to go for mains and desserts, and while we were waiting for our food to arrive we enjoyed discussing how Cardiff has become such a confident and vibrant city.
The Mains
For my main I ordered the seared Tuna “Niçoise” with sautéed potatoes, fine beans, crispy yolk, capers and Dijon emulsion. The egg yolk was runny and came in a crispy coating; I have no idea how they cooked it like this but it was delicious and paired well with the perfectly cooked tuna steak.
Dad ordered the seared sewin with crushed potato chive potato cake, greens, and sauce vierge. I had no idea what sewin was, but I was informed that it's a sea trout. It looked like salmon to me, and dad said that it tasted like salmon.
Mum had the pan-roasted chicken breast, dauphinoise potatoes, char-grilled shallots, asparagus and chicken jus. She really enjoyed this!
D ordered the 8oz Welsh sirloin steak, slow-roasted vine tomatoes, triple cooked chips, onion rings, and green peppercorn sauce. The steak was perfectly cooked and tasted good.
The Desserts
For dessert, D ordered the Pimms jelly with freeze-dried raspberries and rhubarb ice cream. This was beautifully presented, but I'm not a huge fan of jelly and it was a bit unusual for me.
Mum and dad ordered the blackcurrant crème brûlée with almond shortbread. This was gorgeous, although it actually came with blackberries (not blackcurrants). I loved the attention to detail with the edible flower.
I ordered the “Jaffa cake” chocolate sponge with blood orange gel, milk chocolate mousse, and milk sorbet. This was really good! The sponge was slightly dry, but the rest of the dessert was excellent; I enjoyed the combination of flavours, and the presentation was beautiful.
At the end of the meal we had a nice chat with Thomas Bentkowski, the Food and Beverage Manager. He was keen to hear our thoughts on the restaurant, and explained how the surrounding area would be changing even further in the future. You could tell that he was really proud of the restaurant and wanted to provide the best service possible.

The verdict
I loved The Classroom! It was a fun experience, and it was lovely to support Cardiff's up-and-coming talent in the hospitality industry. The menus change with the season, so it would be great to go again later in the year.

The Classroom

CAVC City Centre Campus,
Dumballs Road, Cardiff CF10 5FE

Email: theclassroom@cavc.ac.uk
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2 comments

  1. Oooo the Classroom really reminds me of a restaurant I went to in Paris last year. It's all about restaurants with a view especially in summer! The food looks delicious - I think I would have opted for the Jaffa cake chocolate sponge too :) xx

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  2. Yep, we definitely enjoy a restaurant with a view! The Jaffa cake chocolate sponge was very nice :) x

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