Swansea distinguishes itself by the natural beauty of its coastline, with magnificent sandy beaches stretching along Swansea Bay and the Gower Peninsula. The restaurant business takes full advantage the proximity of local Welsh
farmers and seafood coming in from the Bay to offer some of the freshest food you could hope for. These are ten of the best restaurants in Swansea.
Bouchon de Rossi
Just around the corner from Swansea’s Grand Theatre, Bouchon de Rossi makes an evening out to the theatre an even more special occasion. The taste of Provence jumps out of the menu of this French bistro-style restaurant-cum-café. Sole Meunière in white wine competes with the catch of the day in provençal sauce while snails and mussels are oozing with garlic. Meat lovers will be spoiled for choice between variations on tournedos and grilled sirloin while vegetarians will be blessed with some juicy non-meat dishes prepared à la française.
Bouchon de Rossi, 217 Oxford Street, Swansea, UK, +44 1792 655780
Mosaic is part of Swansea centre’s Urban Village community project, which sets out to provide sustainable living and working areas, populated by artists and craftsmen as well as a new take on Swansea’s High Street shops and restaurants. Mosaic blends in with this contemporary industrial décor with its eye-catching light fittings, bare pipes, copper features and a mosaic of different areas each lending itself to a different eating experience. Food is creative and comes in an eclectic array of bite-size tapas, innovative contemporary dishes, down-to-earth burgers or simply coffee and snacks.
Mosaic, Urban Village, 218 High Street, Swansea, UK, +44 1792 655225
Vojon is no ordinary Indian curry house or takeaway, but an invitation to Indian culture. Life-size photos of scenes from India are showcased on the walls and emblematic peacock feathers are displayed in vases and printed on napkins. Subdued lighting sheds a warm glow on the bold but sophisticated wallpaper. Then comes the taste of India with a vast menu spanning the different Indian regions and traditions, catering for all palates and offering to prepare anything that isn’t on offer. Naan breads and chapatis are baked to order and there is special choice of dishes for the health-conscious where garlic takes a more predominant role than fat. Vojon opens its doors for an ‘eat as much as you like’ buffet on Sundays.
Vojon, 13 St. Helens Road, Swansea, UK, +44 1792 466658
Tucked away in the back streets of the city centre, Pant-y-Gwydr is the former premises of one of Swansea’s oldest pubs, now owned by a Franco-British couple who gave it its very distinct Welsh name when they converted it into a restaurant. Cuisine is traditional French made with Welsh ingredients and includes pig’s trotters, steaks cooked to French perfection and a southern French fish casserole of monkfish, squid and mussels. During the hunting season, game lovers can enjoy a feast of British pheasant, grouse or partridge and a selection of house sorbets is the perfect way to complete this gourmet experience in the spirit of an old Welsh pub.
Pant-y-Gwydr, Oxford St, Swansea, UK, +44 1792 455498
Overlooking Swansea Marina, Gallinis Brasserie is ideal for a waterfront meal, watching the yachts coming in or waiting to set sail. Chef Selcuk Meseci and his team take pride in preparing a host of contemporary Italian and Welsh dishes ranging from homemade pasta to moist chicken cooked in wine and accompanied with flavoursome Italian cheeses or venison steak cooked in gin. Shark and lobster feature among the freshly caught seafood and the irresistible house tiramisu is the obvious final touch to this delicious Italian meal. Gallinis also has a basement café open throughout the day for coffee and lighter meals.
Gallinis, Unit 3 Fishmarket Quay Maritime Quarter, Swansea, UK, +44 1792 456285
Situated in a former haberdashery in Sketty, a classy suburb of Swansea, Slice sets out to give its neighbourhood and visitors a novel dining experience. The wedge- shaped restaurant resembling a slice of cake is tiny and can only seat 18 guests at a time. However, the intimate setting is all the more appropriate for serving homely food prepared by Slice’s master chef duo. Passers by can see the gourmet team preparing food from the street in the equally tiny basement kitchen.
Slice, 73-75 Eversley Road, Sketty, Swansea, UK, +44 792 290 929
Café Two Cann
Overlooking the River Tawe and the amazing architecture of the Sail Bridge, the Café Two Cann is a restaurant with many facets. A café by day and a gourmet restaurant by night, it cohabits with a luxury boutique, selling jewellery, leather goods and accessories all bought over a relaxing cup of coffee and delicious Welsh homemade cake, before being beautifully gift-wrapped. The evening menu focuses on seasonal ingredients, fresh fish and succulent Welsh meats.
Café Two Cann, Unit 2, J Shed, Kings Road, Swansea, UK, +44 1 792 458 000
The Kitchen Table
This old pottery shop on the Mumbles side of Swansea Bay is a perfect place to satiate the appetite after an exhilarating walk along the seafront. The Kitchen Table is a restaurant with a conscience, sourcing all its ingredients from small independent local producers and serving a wide choice of vegetarian and vegan dishes. Its breakfast menu is a feast of tradition from baked beans on toast to bubble and squeak. Lunchtime treats include homemade quiches with gluten-free options and Welsh organic beef or lamb burgers. Local musicians are sometimes invited to liven the evening atmosphere at the Kitchen Table, look out for the programme on the restaurant’s website.
The Kitchen Table, 626 Mumbles Rd, Mumbles, Swansea, UK, +44 1792 367616
Grape and Olive
Restaurant, British, Vegetarian, $$$
Grape and Olive
Located on the top floor of the Meridian Tower, the tallest building in Wales, the Grape and Olive offers stunning views of Swansea Marina, Swansea Bay and Mumbles. Because of the tower’s ship-like architecture, views change from one side of the restaurant to the other. Food is based on Welsh ingredients including fresh fish brought straight in from Swansea Bay and served up with traditional chips and mushy peas, Welsh coast mussels in ale, free range eggs and Welsh cheeses.
Grape and Olive, Meridian Tower, Trawler Road, Swansea, UK, +44 1792 462617
Situated on the Gower Peninsula, Swansea’s natural beauty spot with sandy beaches and rolling hills, the restaurant at Fairy Hill, a splendid Georgian country house hotel, offers a peaceful setting with the addition of some of the region’s finest cuisine at affordable prices. All ingredients are hand-picked from local producers and transformed into sumptuous dishes served on elegant fine china. Fairy Hill’s afternoon tea is also an institution worth trying on a sunny afternoon.
Fairy Hill, Reynoldston, Gower, Swansea, UK, +44 1792 390 139