Steak of the Art opens Cardiff restaurant

By Noli Dinkovski

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Steak of the Art has opened a second site in Cardiff following the success of its first restaurant in Bristol
Steak of the Art has opened a second site in Cardiff following the success of its first restaurant in Bristol

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Steak of the Art, the restaurant concept that serves steaks and other meats in an art gallery setting, has opened a second site in Cardiff.

The brainchild of chef and former city worker Steve Bowen, the second 150-cover site – which opened last week – follows on from the first Steak of the Art restaurant, which opened in Bristol in 2013​. The new restaurant is being managed by Natalie Wilkinson.

Bowen, who first trained as a chef at Leith’s School of Food and Wine and worked as a city investment banker for 20 years, was inspired to enter the restaurant trade after visits to Le Relais de Venise L'Entrecôte, in Marylebone, which specialises in a single steak dish.

Modifying the single option idea, his vision for Steak of the Art was to offer quality steaks in an artistically-inspired environment that is exciting to dine in.

Both restaurants showcase and sell affordable art, and cater for artistic exhibitions and events. 

Bespoke booths​ 

Situated on Churchill Way, the 4,200 sq ft Cardiff restaurant features a number of bespoke ‘booths’ that each cater for six people. They include a Roald Dhal-inspired Willy Wonka booth, which was carved from a single tree trunk.

The restaurant’s mezzanine includes two hot air balloon tables that ‘float’ above the main restaurant as well as a number of circular areas, which offer more of a private setting.

There is also a private dining room for corporate meetings and family get-togethers.

The venue serves locally-sourced beer, while a proportion of the meat, including Welsh Blacks, comes from an Abergavenny-based butcher.

In addition to the steaks, a selection of lighter bites are available. There is also a ‘rapide’ menu, which offers a main meal and a drink for less than £10.

Unique experience​ 

Bowen said he was looking forward to welcoming the people of Cardiff and South Wales to a dining experience “unlike anything ever seen before” in the Welsh capital.

He said: “We’re hugely excited to be open and to bring our vision of dining to Cardiff. Steak of the Art is a place where people appreciate good food in an unpretentious way.

“The art on display in a gallery means people can visit without going into the restaurant. It is also all for sale and we’re planning to have some exciting exhibitions, displays and events.”

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