From Chinese to Italian food, Welsh classics to imported American BBQ joints, there’s a knife and fork with your name on it somewhere in the city. Here are just a few of the best restaurants in Swansea.
If you’re looking for Mediterranean or Italian flavours, look no further than Ask or Gallini’s. Found on the bustling Wind Street, Ask is a modern Italian chain restaurant with a bulging menu packed full of pasta, antipasto and their signature stone-baked pizzas. Alternatively, try Gallini’s in the Marina. A coffee and lunch spot in the day, it turns into a bustling restaurant at night, offering up daily specials, a well-priced set menu and an à la carte menu.
Swansea has more than its fair share of high-quality Indian restaurants. Across the Sail Bridge and the River Tawe – and a short walk from our Swansea Waterfront hotel – you’ll find Rasoi Waterfront. With a modern, stylish interior, they bill themselves as an Indian fusion restaurant, which means you’ll find traditional Indian curries delivered with a twist, like their lamb Galuti cakes.
Located just off the busy Oxford Street and opposite the Grand Theatre, Panshee serves up traditional Indian dishes that have been refined in their original Skewen branch. They also offer a well-priced four-course set menu every Sunday, including a host of vegetarian dishes. Just up the road, you’ll find Govinda’s, a popular vegetarian and vegan Indian café that’s open for lunch and early dinners from midday to 6pm Monday to Saturday.
There are plenty of options beyond Italian and Indian in Swansea. Fancying some Jamaican jerk and ribs? Then head to Jamaican Jills where the cocktails are always on a 2-for-1 deal. Or if you’re looking for an all-rounder that serves up everything from classic breakfast dishes to gluten-free and vegan main courses, then head to Zinco Lounge, less than a mile from our Swansea City Centre hotel.
If you’re craving something a little Portuguese in your life, Madeira Restaurant will fill your cravings with simply grilled fish and its rustic interior. And if you want to maximise your taste buds, head to The Smoke Haus, a large American diner that serves up huge portions of ribs, head-sized burgers and chicken wings. Beware if you order the Jacob’s Ladder pit rib platter, you may have bitten off more than you can chew.
Chinese food fans are spoilt for choice in Swansea. With views across the Marina, Gigi Gao’s Favourite Authentic Chinese is one of the city’s favourites. The kitchen dishes out traditional classics, including sweet and sour pork and cucumber salad, as well as some seriously tasty dumplings. Plus, it’s just a short walk from our City Centre hotel.
Closer to the city centre and just off York Street is Ocean Oriental Cuisine, a popular restaurant with a striking interior replete with Chinese lanterns and dramatic red wallpaper. The food is just as striking, offering up an impressive range of starters, soups and main courses spanning seafood, duck, lamb and more.
Head down Green Dragon Lane that connects The Strand and Wind Street and you’ll find Star Bar and Restaurant, a Chinese restaurant that’s the epitome of authentic. With Chinese staff, chefs and packed full of Chinese guests, the restaurant knows its dim sum from its Mao pork belly.
Rounding out the selection is Sichuan Savour. Located slightly out of the city centre along the A4118 and just over a mile from our Swansea City Centre hotel, they specialise in the Sichuan style of cooking that favours stir-fries and spicy – and we mean spicy – flavours. The menu comes in Chinese and English, which is always a good sign of authenticity, and includes over 100 delicious items.
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