Review on Heaneys
Great British Menu 2018 semi-finalist, Tommy Heaney opened his eponymous restaurant named Heaneys in October 2018, located a short distance to the west of Cardiff's city centre in the district of Pontcanna. Formerly the Arbennig restaurant, it has undergone a stylish refurbishment by Welsh building contractors DWEP, thanks to the crowdfunding campaign which raised £40,000 towards the project.
The modern décor adopts an industrial edge, with full length glass windows flooding the interiors with lots of natural light. Split over two floors with the bar area on the upper level, while the main dining room is downstairs with dark wood furniture and pretty pale teal banquette seating. At the back of the restaurant a large table seating up to 10 guests offers a space for communal dining. There's also a stunning feature wall displaying a large piece of graffiti art from tattooist Justin Oldham, who did all of Tommy's tattoos.
Modern ideas abound on the daily changing menu based on the very best of seasonal produce, with dishes designed for sharing in a relaxed ambience. Among the plates look for mackerel, pomegranate, curry and yoghurt or cured monkfish, grapes, cucumber and horseradish sorbet. From the land there's crispy quail, celeriac, apple, fenugreek and walnut or venison, potato, berries, cabbage and onion. Desserts are equally inviting with chocolate, pear and walnut or apple and blackberry served with Earl Grey custard and hazelnut.
The wine list brings together some great wines around the globe with plenty of options by the glass including champagne, available by the Verre de Vin wine preservation system. There's also innovative cocktails and Guinness draught beer.
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 11.30am through until
Dinner: 11.00pm Tue-Thu (12.00am Fri & Sat)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card