Saturday, September 02, 2006

A New Place to Eat

One of the questions we asked ourselves in advance of moving to Anglesey was what sorts of places might we find for eating out. We already knew the reputation of the Lobster Pot Restaurant at Church Bay with its extensive seafood menu. From its website we learned of the Lastra Farm Hotel which is quite close to where we live in Penysarn. Apart from this there were only the obvious places frequented by tourists.
Just after we moved house my cousin was visiting Anglesey on a golfing holiday and wanted to take us out for a meal. He asked us to choose the place. We happened to be shopping in Llangefni and were passing the Bull Hotel so we called in and booked a table. The food turned out to be very good and well presented. From another blog you will recall that we gave 100% marks to the Quarterdeck Restaurant in Red Wharfe Bay where we ate the other week.
This week I kept a promise I had made to Pauline and took her to try out the Indian Restaurant, Rozi's, at RAF Valley, just opposite the little church for the RAF station. When we had first seen this small parade of shops they were in a dreadful state, having been vandalised. Now they have been smartened up and the restaurant looks very well. The staff are very welcoming and the atmosphere is lovely and quiet with Indian music in the background.
We were the second customers that evening and chose a table by the window. Poppodoms and dips were brought as appetisers and we perused the menu. In order to get the low down on the food in general we decided on a special meal for two: samosas, Bhagis etc, naan bread, chicken dupiaza and Lamb Rogan Josh. To drink we elected to try the Cobra beer which was a good idea because I do not subscribe to drinking wine with Indian and other highly spiced cooking.
If we had a criticism it was that there was insufficient sauce with the dishes. But the taste of the food was quite simply lovely and subtle. The whole range of flavours was very obvious and the texture of the meat was perfect. All through the meal the staff were attentive without appearing overbearing. They moved quietly about the restaurant as other customers came in an ordered food.
As we were waiting for the meal to be ready we noticed a four wheel drive park up outside together with a following car. I was surprised to see Dafydd Williams from Cemaes Bay get out and come into the restaurant with an entourage of English people who were all related. Dafydd is harbourmaster at Cemaes and has sailed his fishing boat out of Cemaes for many years. Two or three weeks ago he called up from his boat as I was standing on Cemaes pier. He told me he recognised me from our many holidays in Anglesey. I was amazed at this. From my point of view he had always been part of the Cemaes scene but never thought he had noticed me, just one visitor of many.
I told Dafydd this was our first visit to the restaurant and he told me that he came quite often. He is a lovely man and very friendly with everyone. He certainly kept his table guests entertained whilst we we there with stories of his fishing trips.
In case any reader might like to try out Rozi's Restaurant it is very easy to find. From the A55 take the exit for RAF Valley and follow the road through the now sold off MOD housing as far as the church of St Michael and All Angels. It is just across the road.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another great eating place is at Red Wharf Bay. Not the big pub at the end but the much smaller restaurant with a conservatory attached - I can't remember the name but me and Wendy have both had a couple of very good meals here.

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Blogger Keith Alexander said...

Thanks for that, Stu. You are thinking of "The Old Boathouse". I agree it is a good place to visit. But if you care to spend a little more and use "The Quarterdeck" which is upstairs you will experience the most wonderful food. We were there recently and agreed it was the best place we had evere eraten in and we include Rick Stein's "Seafood Restaurant" in Padstow, Cornwall!

We know of other places in Anglesey which await our attention. I will keep you posted on this blog!

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