A Cowbridge restaurant team is optimistic about taking over the former Le Gallois premises in Pontcanna.
Fine dining fans in Cardiff were left disappointed in the New Year when it was announced French cuisine was off the menu for good.
The woman behind Oscars in Cowbridge now hope to open within the next month.
Oscars manager Tess Morgan, who has helped the restaurant develop a reputation for high quality European food, said: “It was time to expand slightly to see how we will do in Cardiff, we’ll see what the future holds. The majority of the team have been employed and they are training and working in Cowbridge at the moment.”
The new site is opposite Bully’s restaurant in the trendy Pontcanna district and the area has been well established with food fanatics.
“It would be so naive to think we will go in all guns blazing,” Mrs Morgan said. “It’s so cut throat out there, there are so many restaurants. We will do everything we possibly can. We are so focused on customer service and customer care – that’s my criteria which runs through all of our company.”
The restaurant will operate in the same way as the Cowbridge establishment, offering an international menu which is changed seasonally, with an emphasis on sourcing fresh and locally-produced ingredients, and fairtrade coffee.
Mrs Morgan said: “Everything has an Oscars twist, we are very quirky. Our wine list is quite extensive, we have virtually all wines, from New Zealand, Australia, Spain and France, there’s something for all wine lovers.
“Also we have the Ace of Spades for champagne lovers, a super dooper champagne which is outselling Christel at the moment. It’s £320 a bottle, we sell quite a few of them in Cowbridge.
“The evening menu is quite extensive, from ham hock hash to pasta, steak, calamari. Something that’s really selling quite well is marinated asparagus salad. We have an Oscars Mail, which is our own version of fish and chips. We wrap the fish and chips in our newspaper with all our Oscars jargon on it.”
Other specialities include a wide range of cocktails, and a mouthwatering dessert menu. “We do employ a gentleman who is a Michelin-starred patisserie chef, he makes all the desserts for us,” she added.
The Oscars is owned by Town and Country Hotels, which also owns the Bear in Cowbridge, the New House Country Hotel and Restaurant in Thornhill, Cardiff, and the Coed-Y-Mwstwr Hotel near Bridgend.
The team hope to open by April 10.
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