I recently went along to The Celtic Manor to attend a foodie event, I’m referring to it as a ‘magical food tour’ as we got to trial three of the resorts restaurants in one evening and, of course, the food was magical. I’ve had Afternoon Tea at The Celtic Manor several times now but had yet to experience any of the resorts restaurants, until now. I went along with friend and fellow blogger Kerry, we couldn’t wait to get stuck in!
We started the evening in the Signature Lounge where we were treated to drinks and canapés. The Signature Lounge is on the sixth floor, which is the adults only floor. How cool is that? Rooms, a bar and a restaurant all for adults only.
The canapés were based on the starters served at adult only restaurant, Steak On Six, my favourite was the asparagus, pea and Welsh feta, full of flavour and very refreshing, a real delight. Steak On Six itself is impressive, the interior features tasteful cow print, fake grass and huge windows – it is rustic perfection. They also have an impressive selection of knives, I can’t remember how many there were now but when you eat at this restaurant you pick your knife from a wide selection, all of which have very unique names!
Next up we left the sixth floor and headed down for a real treat, The Epicure Experience by Richard Davies. Richard is a Michelin star chef who has worked for Gordon Ramsay and competed in three series of Great British Menu, reaching the final and cooking the banquet at The Royal Albert Hall.
We were all very impressed with the attention to detail at The Epicure Experience, the purple colour scheme was beautiful and nothing was overlooked, even the drinks! After a meet and greet with Richard we tucked into a beautiful Amuse Bouche followed by a starter of Scallops served with beetroot and cauliflower. The food looked too good to eat, but that didn’t stop me and I’m so glad it didn’t, it tasted even better than it looked! Everything was jam packed full of beautifully complimenting flavours, a delight to eat and a real treat.
Last, but by no means least, we headed to CEN at The Celtic Manor for a cookery demonstration with Masterchef finalist Larkin Cen. Chef Larkin Cen taught us how to make a delicious Peking Duck, he made it look very easy and tasty, we were all blown away with how easily he peeled a cucumber, I’m yet to try as I worry that I will lose a finger. I really enjoyed the demonstration, Chef Larkin Cen is very passionate about food and that really came through – good news, the demo is available to view online here.
CEN at The Celtic Manor is unlike any other restaurant at the resort, offering a completely different dining concept featuring fresh, contemporary Asian cuisine. It has been on my list to try for quite a while now and it did not disappoint. We were treated to Cantonese roast duck served with pancakes, cucumber, spring onions, Peking sauce and clay pot rice followed by a mouth watering chocolate dessert consisting of dark chocolate torte, chocolate mousse, chocolate Aero, malt ice cream and mandarin. All of this food was beautiful, the combination of different flavours were unique and all worked brilliantly together to take my taste buds on an adventure. My favourites were the crispy skin on the duck and the puddling (of course, I love chocolate!), the different chocolate textures and flavours combined with the powerful flavour from the mandarin created a real taste sensation.
As if both our belly’s and taste buds hadn’t already exploded Larkin Cen proceeded to bring out a second desert that he had made especially for us, a mini Bao bun filled with coconut ice cream. I have sensitive teeth that were particularly bad this evening, but the pain did not stop me devouring this delight. The refreshing coconut ice cream and the sweet bun made this a real sweet treat.
I had a lovely evening at The Celtic Manor and am so glad that I got to sample so many of the available dining options. I came away very full and very satisfied, and wanting to go again.
Have you eaten at The Celtic Manor? If so, in which restaurants?