Saturday was our 25th wedding anniversary. For a celebratory lunch with Meg, a friend of ours recommended a new restaurant set amongst Cardiff's urban sprawl, The Smoke Haus, an authentic American barbecue diner. Very fitting considering 25 years ago we were celebrating our nuptials with a roast beef dinner in the USA.
John had been drooling in anticipation for days and was looking forward to getting the meat sweats! It didn't let him down. He chose the Smoke Haus Threesome. I wondered if that was a hint but I should count my blessings that he didn't choose The Homewrecker. The Threesome was a combo of pulled pork, slow cooked beef brisket and pastrami with sweet potato fries on the side. I had the pulled pork hoagie with a side of fries and Meg had the Philly Beef and Swiss. Boy oh boy, the meat was succulent and plentiful and the thing I particularly liked most was that it was not swimming in sauce, just simply meat with all it's flavours intact and enhanced by, presumably, The Smoke Haus secret method of preparation. One likes to think it's a secret anyhow and I didn't want to spoil that illusion by asking. I'm drooling again just writing about it!
There's nothing fancy about The Smoke Haus. It's a clean wide open expanse of warehouse style interior with an authentic American feel, even in terms of the welcome which is most definitely warm and inviting. It was early so we were the first diners but within an hour the place was full. The staff have the American ethos of service down to a tee, attentive, friendly but not invasive. The serving sizes are USA generous, so much so we ended up with a good sized doggy bag for Sookie.
With drinks and sides lunch came in at £45 for the three of us. I see this place hopping on weekend nights, they did say they were fully booked that evening. It's one of those places you hope make a success of it in amongst more than a handful of local dining establishments. It has a young vibe with a great menu. They even have an app you can download to select the music. I can't wait to go back. If there was to be a criticism, particularly for the American amongst us, it was that there was Soccer on TV, not American Football and with the NFL season having just started it would most definitely have been the icing on a great day's cake.
Meg surprised us with a weekend in London. We may as well move there as it will be our third visit in a month. Watch this space!