It’s no secret that I love food, and specifically, I have a passion for eating out and trying new foods. So it would make sense that when a new restaurant opened in my area that I would jump at the chance to head on down to feast on their offerings. So I introduce to you Juniper Place.
Juniper Place is a restaurant offering a ”relaxed fine dining experience” and has an onsite distillery dedicated to producing their own gin. Their bar hosts an impressive selection of gins, however, as I’m not a gin drinker I was far more interested in their menu and after browsing their menus online we decided to head down for their lunchtime menu which offers 2 courses for £12.95 or 3 courses for £15.95.
Emily was our waitress and despite us turning up half an hour early she found us a lovely little table away from the hustle and bustle of the restaurant. After browsing the menu, which featured a range of things I’d never heard of including volute.
For starters, my partner opted for the Char-grilled Chicken Skewers, Asian slaw & satay sauce and I opted for the Panko coated deep fried brie wedges with fig jam.
Both were delicious, the char-grilled chicken skewers were cooked to perfection and the flavour from the satay sauce was really tasty but the star of the two for me was the deep fried brie which was incredible and paired with the fig jam was a party in my mouth. We enjoyed both starters and were really looking forward to the mains.
Whilst waiting for our main course I began admiring the decor, it’s quite an alternative style with the open bulb lighting and cute dangling plant pots, it’s the sort of style I really like and it just added to the whole experience.
For our main course, we opted for Chicken Supreme with smoked pancetta, mushroom and tarragon volute and the Beef medallions with cafe de Paris butter and dressed rocket salad (£3.50 supplement).
I should mention that my partner refuses any vegetables or greenery on his plate so the waitress was happy to ask the chefs to remove any from his plate.
The mains were slightly disappointing compared to the starters and there were a couple of things 1. My chicken was slightly dry even though there was a sauce. 2. The menu stated Beef Medallions suggesting plural, that there would be more than one. However, apart from those little hiccups, it was fine.
When it came to dessert my partner was full but there were two desserts on the menu I wanted to try so I ordered the White Chocolate & Raspberry Cheesecake and the Dark chocolate mousse & salted caramel.
I’m going to start by stating how upset I was with the cheesecake, the Raspberry completely overpowered the white chocolate and the base of the cheesecake was so hard I could barely cut into it, however, I raised this with the waitress later on and she explained that the Cheesecake is homemade by their chefs and so every chef does it slightly differently and sometimes they may get it wrong. This is completely correct, I work in a restaurant myself and this is something that can happen, I had no problem with her explanation and I was quite happy to hear that the dessert was made in store.
The chocolate mousse completely stole the show. I was slightly worried because it stated Dark chocolate mousse and I’m not a huge fan of dark chocolate and I don’t really like salted caramel either but god damn I loved it, it was so good. I will be highly recommending it to everyone.
Our bill came to £46.40.
£31.90 for two three-course meals, plus £3.50 supplement for the steak and 3 cokes amounting to £7.50 (£2.50 each).
We really did have a wonderful time at Juniper Place and we will definitely be back to dine again soon. In fact, I plan on taking one of the girls there for dinner soon as their Dinner menu has a range of dishes you would not usually find in menu Swansea restaurants.
You can find Juniper Place at 1, York Street, Swansea.
Lunch is served 12pm until 3pm.
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