Apple Jacks; Bitter-Sweet

Apple Jacks is an American dining experience located in Cardiff city centre. A friend and I went on a Tuesday evening. It seemed a popular choice with many customers. We sat outside because it was a warm and they had a lovely seating area. The inside of the restaurant looked interesting and quirky. It had great decor and an urban vibe. This seems to be the trend with a lot of restaurants in the Capital at the moment.

The menu consisted of a variety of American food. There were a lot of different burgers and sandwiches which sounded delicious. Going to Apple Jacks for breakfast also seems like a good option with lots of pancakes and waffles on the menu.

I decided to try the Hudson at the price of £13.50. This was a confit duck leg on an American waffle, with wild mushrooms, a poached egg with an orange and maple butter. This dish sounded weird but it intrigued me, I was interested to see how all these different elements would work together. The dish arrived and was presented beautifully. It looked gorgeous. The first few mouthfuls confused me. I was not sure if I liked the dish. The butter was very sweet and overpowered the other flavours. The duck was cooked very well. It fell off the bone and was delicious with the crispy bacon. However I felt that certain things on the dish weren’t needed. The poached egg didn’t work. The mushrooms also weren’t needed on the dish and the butter clashed with them. Unfortunatly after a while this dish became too sweet and sickly. This is a shame because it then stopped me from trying one of the deserts which really do sound yummy.

My friend chose the bowl of chicken wings with a honey, lemon and lime glaze at £6.25. She also added a side of sweet potato fries. She really enjoyed the fries, they looked really good. However she didn’t enjoy them with the chicken wings and felt the combination was just too sweet. She didn’t like the chicken wings at all and felt a bit disappointed with her meal overall. It has to be said she did make a trip to another food establishment on her way home.

Overall our Apple jacks experience was bitter-sweet (literally). There were some things which were great like the duck and sweet potato fries. But some other elements seemed to have been thrown on the plate for no reason. The service was great! The staff were really friendly and we did not wait long for our food. I will however give Apple Jacks another chance in the future. I really want to try their burgers and deserts.

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