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30 Oct, 2008

Bella Italia

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Italian Food|United Kingdom

Finally, I’ve written out the first post in the UK, after more than 1 month of arrival in the UK. Sorry for delay of posts lately, we find it really expensive to eat out and we hardly bring our camera out because most of the time we will be carrying groceries. (Excuses) Anyway, these are some of the photos that we’ve taken last month when we first arrived, the weather was fine and the sun was shining bright.

This is Queen Street in Cardiff, the city centre of Cardiff. A very nice place for shopping and sightseeing.

Another photo of Queen Street.

This is the Cardiff Castle, which we plan to visit but yet to do so.

Guess some of you would’ve heard of this Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Read from its official website that this stadium would be one of the Olympics Stadium in 2012. There’re quite a lot of events going on in this stadium, even though we’re not football fans, but it would be great if we get the chance to watch a football match some time later!

This photo was taken when we were walking to the restaurant, it was raining and getting cold gradually. Guess we really have to get use to this miserable weather. Anyway, this is the HSBC bank in Queen Street.

In Queen Street we can find many familiar brands that we can find in Malaysia, namely Topshop, Miss Selfridge, Zara, Principle etc.

After a cold long walk, we finally arrived at the restaurant. The place was very cozy, warm and comfortable.

There were quite a lot of customers dining there when we arrived and it was hard to believe that there were only a few staffs working in the restaurant.

No doubt it took quite some time for the food to arrive, but they were really polite, and the environment was pleasant, there was no need to rush. A nice candlelight dinner for two. :)

We ordered a soup of the day which is the cauliflower with cheese soup served with ciabatta bread for £3.75. The soup tasted really good, very creamy and cheesy, but a little too salty. Nevertheless a good start to warm our tummy.

For our main course, we had Polio Milanese for £10.95. Spaghetti Napoli was served with this crispy breadcrumb chicken breast. The spaghetti tasted rather average, a little bland to me. But the chicken made it up, it was crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Quite delicious overall.

Since we have not had any prawns since we came to the UK, we decided to have a Linguine Gamberi. Linguini was served with king prawns sautéed in a spicy Italian tomato sauce, garnished with butterfly prawns. It was delicious, very appetising with the slightly spicy tomato sauce. The serving of butterfly prawns was generous and the prawns were very fresh. For £9.25, this dish was definitely worth the price.

Even though we were very full when we finished our main course, I couldn’t resist having a dessert before leaving. We ordered a Banoffee Italiano for £4.25, the combination of zabaglione cream, banana and caramel sauce tasted fantastic. It wasn’t very sweet, but very creamy and flavourful.

This is a rather good Italian restaurant to visit, service was great, so was the food and the environment. It was a very enjoyable dinner. More information about this restaurant can be found in their official website here.

Restaurant Information
6 High Street, Cardiff,
South Glamorgan,
CF10 1AW,
United Kingdom.
Tel : 02920399466

20 Responses to "Bella Italia"

1 | J2Kfm

October 30th, 2008 at 2:17 am


oh, you’re working in UK now?
Bella Italia. Hahaa … I thought it’s the chain of Italian restaurants in Penang and KL.

2 | Phooi Fun

October 30th, 2008 at 4:54 am


finally!!!!!! wau…… amazing……envy envy envyyyyyyyy

3 | Christy

October 30th, 2008 at 11:16 am


No wonder haven’t seen you post for so long….went to the land of the Big Ben dy:p
Think we have one branch of Bella Italia here in Penang too;)

4 | ~Christine~Leng

October 31st, 2008 at 9:58 pm


finally updated about about UK! haha :)
Missin u guys la!
How’s studies and yeesiong’s work? Going on smoothly?
Keep in touch ya!
We’ll be heading to London for New Year :)
Are u guys going there too?

5 | Sugar Bean

November 1st, 2008 at 7:00 pm


J2kfm, hi, I’m studying in the UK. Haha, not quite sure bout the chain of restaurants in KL, wonder if it’s the same chain in the UK.

Phooi Fun, haha, come here! We’ll be your tourist guides! :)

Christy, yeah, we were kinda busy preparing for the past few months. We wonder if it’s the same chain as the one in KL and Penang.

Christine, everything’s fine! Thanks! How about you? Everything alright? We’re not too sure about new year yet but hopefully we can meet up in London! :)

6 | JeromeFo 令狐冲

November 1st, 2008 at 8:27 pm


Are you studying now Cardiff?
I will be going there on
21-24Nov. =)

7 | Jason

November 3rd, 2008 at 4:49 am


Welcome back. Hope that life is good over there :)

8 | Phooi Fun

November 4th, 2008 at 4:35 am


aiya…… be my sponsor too????? wahaha……then i will be dying to go ter!!!!

9 | ai wei

November 5th, 2008 at 4:52 am


sugar bean, i miss u guys a lot!

food in cardiff kinda expansive eh, you should try finding cheap but yummy food like chris n christine did. or… glasglow having more promotion sets???

pics are fascinating! credits to esiong~

10 | Mummy In Vain

November 6th, 2008 at 9:47 am


do enjoy the life in UK! The restaurant looks so romantic. I wonder when I can have the chance to be there…..

11 | New Kid on the Blog

November 6th, 2008 at 11:52 pm


huh?? how come so sudden?? and now you’re in UK?

anyway, do like christine did… enjoy your life down there eventhough is tough! :)

12 | yuenleng

November 8th, 2008 at 10:46 am


hi wenching and bf:) yuenleng here:)

you guys are in cardiff now. woohoo. i am in Swansea! do visit when you guys are free. if i go down to cardiff. shall give you a ring:)

13 | Big Boys Oven

November 9th, 2008 at 2:31 am


cardiff looks awesome, have not been there before even been in UK for a so long lol!, do explore the food there can be very explosive, do try some fine dining while you are there, fantastic!

14 | Nic (KHKL)

November 10th, 2008 at 3:29 pm


hey, you are in cardiff now? cool!!! have fun there, ya!

15 | wmw

November 12th, 2008 at 3:50 am


Hahaha…European food reviews from now on. Enjoy your time there!

16 | Simon Seow

November 16th, 2008 at 10:32 pm


Wah, more foodies in overseas. Sad that can’t see local food post which is easier for me to access, happy that will get food post from UK.

17 | teckiee

January 8th, 2009 at 2:46 pm


have fun in UK and why la eat italian there? what happen to fish n chips?

18 | teckiee

January 24th, 2009 at 3:51 am


just dropping by to say Happy Chinese New Year!

19 | ven

February 10th, 2009 at 11:16 am


Bella Italia will be the last place I would visit in the UK. Cardiff have better Italians but nothing beats those in Italy (non tourist area)

20 | My Taste Heaven

April 12th, 2009 at 8:42 am


Would try out this restaurant but have to wait till one day I fly there!

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