So the day before Valentine's Day I caught up with my number one Valentine: one of my closest friends who I've known since Freshers Week at university and we've been essentially inseparable since. She's moved closer to where I live so we've been making the most of living closer to each other by exploring what our neighbourhood has to offer.
Juno Lounge is a stones throw away from my flat, I've been a couple of times for either drinks or lunch but never dinner so I was excited to give it a go. We went on a freezing cold and wet evening and Juno Lounge welcomed us with a warm and cosy interior and a very tempting specials menu as well as their staple menu. My Valentine and I both share a love of carbs (see why we're friends?) so we both went for the gnocchi with butternut squash and creme fraiche sauce. Very tasty, the harissa in the sauce gave it a nice kick as butternut squash sadly has a tendency to get a bit bland. The gnocchi were average, we're not living in Italy and it was only £8.50 for the portion so I can't be fussy. Nonetheless it was very tasty and there wasn't anything left on either of our plates.
We rounded things off with dessert, I went for a huge brownie and my Valentine had sticky toffee pudding. Boarding school has forever ruined toffee pudding for me (and most forms of sponge cakes) so I felt safe with my chocolate brownie. Again it was very tasty and a very generous portion size!
We washed our food down with tasty cocktails. My first cocktail was a Cherry Bakewell cocktail, it tasted like cherry drop sweets but it wasn't as good as the one I had in Cosy Club. Still a nice accompaniment to dinner and something different to my usual choice of G&T. For second dessert (yes that's a thing as far as I'm concerned) I did revert to my gin and went for the bizarrely named 'Long Bebbo' which was essentially gin and orange juice. When I drink cocktails I don't always want to taste the alcohol but I like to get the fuzzy head feeling when after sitting down for ages you finally stand up. So safe to say I tottered home very full and warm and fuzzy from a great evening spent gossiping and laughing. Just what the doctor ordered.
If you're a Cardiff resident give Juno Lounge a try, it's the perfect pit stop for lunch after a morning wander in Roath Park. I do love my neighbourhood there's so much to explore and so many good places to eat!