The Maltsters in Llandaff village stands out among the other selection of pubs because of its high standard of food. The spacious pub is perfect for those with large families or for meeting up with a group of friends.
My family and I went on a Monday night to sample the dinner menu. The menu is vast and the food on offer isn’t like most pubs. There is the usual presence of pies, fish and chips along with other traditional pub classics. However the Maltsters give something more and from the descriptions and presentation of the food they offer not just any old pub grub.
To be honest we were all spoilt for choice. I ordered the Confit of Duck (£17.95). This was duck served with egg noodles accompanied by a lemongrass chilli and coriander sauce. This seemed to be a good choice and on arrival was presented well. The duck was the highlight of the dish. It was cooked beautifully. There was no fat which you usually suspect with duck and the meat wasn’t chewy or tough.However the noodles and the few red peppers in the dish were boring. I have had better stir-frys from supermarkets. The sauce also was nothing special. For the price of the dish I expected more.
My family members ordered a range of dishes. The 8oz Celtic pride fillet steak (£16.95) was served with café de Paris butter, grilled tomatoes and flat cap mushrooms. As with all steaks the dish had a lovely portion of thick chips. This looked yummy! I did manage to sneak a chip which was delicious, crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside the perfect combo.
The pan-fried sea bass fillet (£14.95) was professionally presented with roast Mediterranean and summer vegetables with ply lentils.
I wish I had ordered the bacon wrapped chicken (£9.95) with crushed new potatoes, summer vegetables with red wine sauce. It looked gorgeous and gave me major food envy.
The baked salmon fillet (£12.95) looked another good choice with lemon and herb gremolata, mash, green beans and butter sauce.
The desert helped me to forget my disappointed main. I ordered the salted caramel fondant (£5.95). This was desert heaven! The fondant was melt in your mouth goodness. The oozing caramel sauce was divine! We also ordered the chocolate praline sea salt tart (£4.95) that looked as equally scrumptious.
Overall the Maltsters is a nice change from the usual pub grub, delivering interesting dishes and tummy loving deserts. Apart from my meal let down I think I would definitely try the other dishes next time as the menu overall gives plenty of reasons to return. You have to go and try it for yourselves.