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Restaurant review: James Sommerin
by Guy Laffan

This is without doubt my favourite
restaurant in Wales.
Not only does it hold a Michelin Star,
but it just so happens to be on my
doorstep! James Sommerin rose to fame in
2010 when he appeared on the Great
British Menu alongside the likes of Tom
Kerridge, Tony Singh and Daniel Clifford,
who are all culinary heavyweights.
Although his trademark starter 'Pea'
didn't make it to the final banquet, it still
went down a storm and gave him
incredible notoriety.
Born and raised in South Wales, James
started his cooking career at age 12 in the
Italian restaurant Chez Giovanni,
Newport. Aged 16, he moved to Scotland
to work at Farleyer House Hotel under the
guidance of head chef Richard Lyth, who
taught him the understanding of seasonality, quality and the essence of flavour.
While in Scotland, he met his now-wife
Louise and they now live with their three
daughters back in South Wales. James
started working at the Crown at Whitebrook in August 2000 as sous chef and
became head chef in late 2003. In 2007,
whilst at the Crown, he obtained his first
Michelin Star that he retained until it
closed its doors in 2013. James then
decided to open his own restaurant in
Cardiff, situated on the Penarth Promenade. Its seafront position boasts the
most incredible views of the Bristol
Channel and you can even see Weston
super mare. The interior décor is clean and
well thought-out. Splashes of turquoise
give the whole pace a very modern and
vibrant feel.
Since opening its doors, restaurant JS
has been an incredible success. It has a
long list of accolades, gained in a very
short time. Needless to say, the Michelin
Star is its greatest achievement to date.
One of James' more recent proud
moments was when his 17-year-old
daughter, Georgia, asked if she could start

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The main dining room with window into kitchen

working with him in his kitchen. He had
always hoped one of his daughters would
follow in his footsteps and so he was over
the moon. His wife and daughter are both
ever-present in the restaurant and it really
does have a family-run feeling about it,
which I for one love.
On our most recent visit to JS we
decided to tackle the chef's table, a
14-course taster menu. Yes, 14! The sheer
diversity and range of ingredients is
astonishing and the whole menu is a
mystery, as explained by the waitress when
you first sit down. The chef's table itself is
situated in the kitchen, right in the thick
of it. Even when you're sat in the main
dining room you can see into the kitchen
through a large window. It's a completely
open plan, giving the whole place a really
spacious, light and airy atmosphere.
With so many cookery programmes on
the TV these days, we are always led to
believe that behind the calm and collected
front of house there is pandemonium in
the kitchen. It couldn't be further from
the truth at JS. The entire kitchen is as
calm as can be, and I suspect it's because
the staff is so well versed in everything it
does. Absolutely everything is ordered and
precise. Each dish has at least five elements
on average that are all separately prepared
in its own dedicated pan at different sites
in the kitchen, which are all magically and

seamlessly assembled at the last minute,
plated by the man himself.
They set the tone nicely with a threeelement amuse-bouche. A cheese profiterole, mild cheese soufflé with puffed seeds
on top, and a semolina cracker anointed
The Master at work

with taramasalata and micro herbs. This
really sets the bar high from the off. The
seasonally inspired, locally sourced dishes
start coming thick and fast, but they
cleverly leave 20 minutes between each
dish just so you don't feel uber stuffed. (If
you haven't done the math yet, we spent
five hours there.) So it really is a gastronomic marathon, but it doesn't leave you
reaching for that top button at the end.


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On Dentaltown.com
Mike Gow Editorial
Meet the Team
Howard Speaks
Dental Aid Network
Titanium vs. Zirconia Implants
NASDAL Goodwill
Golden Nuggets
Orthodontist Case Study
Poll—Pediatric Dentistry
Technology: The True Foundation of Your Practice
Continuing Education
Timeout: Chris Barrow
Progressive Bites
Walt Disney's Hollywood Smiles
Dental Imaging: Elaine Halley
MANAGING SYSTEMIC DISORDER: STEPHEN HUDSON
The Art of Diagnosis in Endodontics
MESSAGE BOARD: 2nd Distal Root on 36
Social Media Fails
Operation Smile
THROUGH THE KEYHOLE: SURGERY— HOME AND AWAY
Lifestyle Section
History of Dentistry
Student Section
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