Woods Brasserie

Price guide: Expensive

Pilotage Building, Stuart Street, Cardiff, CF10 5BW

Price guide: Expensive

Woods Brasserie

By Dave Jenkins, your Cardiff expert

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#3 of 20
expert-rated restaurants in Cardiff
Expert overall rating:4.7 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.5
4.5
Ambience:
4.4
4.4
Service:
4.5
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Location:
4.9
4.9
Value for money:
4.2
4.2
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Foodies, Mature travellers, Art, Design and architecture, Great views / scenery, People watching, Romance

Expert review of Woods Brasserie

The best of French and Welsh in a historic bayside building.

Of an evening, this is the type of restaurant you’ll want to spend the whole night in, relishing each morsel of your meal. Of a lunch time, Woods is more of a bright and breezy affair, thanks to its incredible large glass windows that look out over the bay. There are a few French/Celtic fusion eateries in Cardiff, but alongside Bullys, this is definitely one of the most notable. Not only for its food, but its location and old pilotage building character. It also has a great big sun trap of a terrace for those indulgent afternoons.

Food and drink: 

Woods are best known for their fish and proudly tell us it’s straight from the bay. It certainly tastes fresh enough. There’s a distinct French twang to most meals but the wine list is an impressive international affair.

Recommended dishes: 

I’d suggest the lime green wild garlic and butternut soup thanks to its rocket fuelled flavour, but possibly not if you’re going to enter a fresh breath competition any time in the near future. Although they’re known for their fish, their steaks are always great cuts and cooked well.

Ambience: 

A lively atmosphere prevails in the evening as most group dining at Woods are there for special occasions. The day time is a funkier, cosmopolitan affair, especially in the summer as the lunch crowd leak out into the terrace.

Service: 

The waiters and waitresses seem to be the most immaculately turned out staff in Cardiff. Service with a very professional smile.

Location: 

You’ll find Woods in the bay, one of Cardiff’s finest assets.

Price advice: 

During the day expect to pay £12.50 for two courses. Triple that for a full evening meal. Wines range from £16 to over £150.

Tables to book: 

Most tables are nice positioned towards the massive window. Just make sure you’re not sitting with your back to it. Alternatively, on a hot day you should head straight for the terrace.

 

Other useful branches: 

Woods is run by the Knife And Fork Food company who also run a The Conway, a great pub in Pontcanna. They also run two establishments in the Vale Of Glamorgan called Deli and Old Swan Inn.

More information on Woods Brasserie:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Brasserie, Restaurant
Food:
French, Traditional, Vegetarian
Address:
Pilotage Building, Stuart Street, Cardiff, CF10 5BW
Telephone:
+44 29 2049 2400
Website:
http://www.knifeandforkfood.co.uk
Serves:
Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
Opening times:
Open Mon-Sat 12pm-2pm, 5.30pm-10pm and 12pm-3pm, 7pm-10pm on Sun.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times

Have you been to Woods Brasserie? Would you recommended it?