Best restaurant in Cardiff - the service really makes it stand out from the crowd. The restaurant is small but somehow spacious and the French food is simple but well-presented and thought out. Cheeseboard was the best I'd had in ages, with great selection of cheese.
Meal for 2, including aperitifs and wine, is around £100.
So French inspired food made with fresh local produce. French always seems pretentious to me so I was a bit worried about it but I shut up when I saw the menu. I finished a glass of wine before eventually decided on what I wanted.
Really wasn't disappointed with my food, it was very tasty and the combination was perfect. Desert was worth a visit alone. The waiter kept the drinks flowing and it was a really pleasant night. Its not a massive place but doesn't feel squashed. Bit pricey but perfect for special occasions and a nice alternative to Le Gallois.
I have happily overlooked Bully's for years. The name reminds me of someone I shared a flat with when I was a student. Daz was a grave digger in his home town of Wolverhampton before he decided to go to college. He was a devout anarchist, (even his bank account was simply in the name of Daz), and he was also mad about the Wolves. Back in the day Bully was their key goal scorer by miles, and has probably been canonised by the Wolverhampton Diocese, or what ever they do to make someone a saint!
I will never forget returning home every day to find that the very expensive can of eggshell paint I had bought for painting the bathroom had been put to a more unconventional use. The name Bully had been daubed on every wall of every house up the street!
Do you get my apprehension in visiting this particular establishment? And it's a shame, because Bully's is a lovely place! Expensive though! Definitely the kind of place you'd go when you're feeling flush, and there's a special someone to impress!
I called in recently during the day, and was lucky enough to witness a wine tasting session (featured in the photos). A lot of work obviously goes into getting these things right... and not only that, you need to be educated in order to do just that. I don't know a great deal about wine, but one of my closest friends is a smellier. She tells me that you train for a couple of years, but that you are constantly learning new stuff, because things change all the time.
In a nutshell, Bully's is an up market French restaurant, run by a husband and wife team, Russell and Vicky Bullimore, with a lot of knowledge, flair and fun. I don't agree with some of the options on the menu, foie gras for instance, and would never try the snails, but the food that I have been willing to order has been excellent.
They've added some nice little touched to the place that will make you smile, and you can tel that they have really thought about it all. I recommend it for a special occasion where it would be apt to see off a fair amount of cash on a gastronomic delight.
Bully's is a fairly high-end, family-run French-style restaurant which still manages to feel relaxed and have a much-loved feel about it.
The place itself isn't huge, and has a cosy atmosphere, with sofa / booth style seating around round tables that are ideal for small groups. They do an 'express lunch' menu which changes seasonally, and then the a la carte menu in the evenings. Some dishes are very French, such as the Confit duck leg and foie gras, while others use Welsh ingredients - but all are very well-presented and cooked to perfection. Look out for Bully's Gourmet Evenings, and their Sunday lunches (£16 for two courses) served from noon until 3.30pm.
The owners really known their wines, too, and have an extensive list on offer - although expect to pay the price. They've even developed their own blend of coffee, which you can enjoy at the end of your meal.
My biggest criticism would be their early closing times. I like to eat late, but on the weekdays they're open they close up at 9pm, and even on Fridays and Saturdays they only open until 9.30pm for dinner!
The present Mrs Dan and myself don't get out much on our own, on account of the kids. So when Gran offered to baby-sit, by lucky chance Bully's, one of our favourite Cardiff restaurants, was having a Gourmet Night.
Bully's is one of those little gems which has no pretentions, preferring to focus on good food and a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. The original restaurant was in a less than salubrious outbuilding behind the Malster's Arms in Llandaf, and it had been there for years and years. Then recently the Malster's had a face-lift, and Bully's had to go. For a while it looked like that was the end, until the proprietor, the utterly charming and effervescent Russell Bullimore, came upon some vacant premises in Pontcanna.
Bully's re-opened in November, and I've been there three times now. The restaurant itself is not that much bigger than the original, and the philosophy remains the same: good food and friendly service. We love it.
If you're looking for a good value lunch, pop in. Tell them Dan sent you.
had some lovely meals here - great dishes which are al a carte but not always the usual suspects. simple things are made to taste amazing, like a crushed potato or a cauliflower puree and surprise you. the staff are great, friendly without being familiar. room is really funny, cosy and kitsch as well as feeling like a bully's museum of sketches and memories. wine list is fantastic, some seriously good bottles on there, definately a treat for your wine fanatic. downsides i would say are that the wine list doesn't have too many lower priced wines, although there are a couple. also, the tables aren't intimate enough to make this an ideal place for couples, but the booths are a fab place for a party of 4 or 6 probably. also, one meal stuck out like a sore thumb when it just wasn't the usual bully's standard and every other time was significantly better than this one occasion, but consistency is important at these prices.
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