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Review: The Alchemist Cosmic Supper Club, Cardiff

The new menu is available from Sunday to Wednesday after 5pm.

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If you’re looking for somewhere to dine midweek that doesn’t break the bank, The Alchemist has a new Cosmic Supper Club menu that’s only £20 per person. 

Diners can enjoy a Cosmic Oyster cocktail/ mocktail with their choice of three sharing plates from an available 20, so there is plenty to choose from, no matter what you’re in the mood for.

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If you’ve visited The Alchemist before, it’s quite easy to overlook their restaurant and instead be mesmerised by the exquisite fusion of science and mixology from behind the bar, where cocktails are crafted with precision and flair. 

However, if you venture a little further, you’ll find a small, cosy and intimate restaurant where the flair of the bar is transported across their food menu. We’d always recommend booking ahead to gurantee a table, as there is a limited number of covers.

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The Alchemist’s ambiance is somewhat well known in the city with its sophisticated blend of vintage charm and modern elegance, setting the stage for an unforgettable experience, and the dining area is no different.

From their signature smoking cocktails to innovative molecular concoctions, each drink is a work of art, delighting both the palate and the senses. Whether you’re a seasoned cocktail enthusiast or a curious newcomer. The new Cosmic Supper Club is no different, the menu offers an array of simple dishes, along with a few twists along the way. 

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Prepare to embark on a culinary journey at The Alchemist’s Cosmic Supper Club, featuring an enticing Asian-inspired menu reminiscent of tapas. Delight in a diverse array of small plates, both savory and sweet, perfect for sharing among friends. When faced with the abundance of tempting options, we recommend seeking guidance from the knowledgeable wait staff to navigate the flavours infused into each dish.

First appearances may be deceiving when looking through the menu, until the dishes arrive at your table…

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Our selections for the Supper Club showcased a delightful balance of savory and sweet flavours. We indulged in the Chorizo and Cheddar doughballs, a playful dish where diners can customize their cheesiness level using a syringe of liquid cheese injected into the doughballs. How cool is that?

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For a decadent treat, we savored the loaded truffle tater tots, generously coated with shaved parmesan, truffle oil, and garlic mayo. The tots were light and crispsy, and the mayo was nice and creamy.

The Pan-fried Gyoza, accompanied by a tantalizing Vietnamese sweet chili dip, offered a choice between chicken or vegetable fillings. Opting for the chicken, we relished the light and flavorful dumplings.

Adding a touch of whimsy to our meal, we delighted in the salt ‘n’ shake potatoes—a medley of smashed potatoes accompanied by malt vinegar salt, reminiscent of the classic salt and shake crisps. The garlic sauce served as a delightful complement for dipping.

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As well as a variety of savoury dishes to choose from, you also have the option to mix and match from their desserts.

To heighten the sweetness, we opted for the Next Level Chocolate Brownie, served alongside creamy vanilla gelato, miso caramel, and a chocolate togarashi snap, offering a delightful hint of spice.

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Not your thing? How about this classic – a trio of gelato scoops, offering a delightful blend of flavours such as mango, chocolate, and vanilla. The mango flavor strikes a perfect balance of sweetness, complementing the chocolate to create an enticing hint of chocolate orange. Meanwhile, the vanilla delivers a rich, creamy indulgence.

The evening’s experience features a choice between two expertly crafted cocktails: the Cosmic Oyster, blending Bombay Pressé Gin with Limoncello, Yuzu, Citrus, Disco Blue, and Passionfruit Pearls, or the Aperitivo Cosmic Oyster, a fusion of Aperol, Italicus Bergamot Aperitivo, Citrus, Disco Grenadine, Orange Bitters, and a large pearl. 

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For those abstaining from alcohol, a delightful non-alcoholic version of the Aperitivo Oyster is also available. These cocktails are elegantly served in a metal ‘oyster’ shell atop a bed of ice, presenting a visually stunning experience. It was certainly different, as we tried to work out the best way to drink or slurp these cocktails.

Lara, a newcomer we encountered at The Alchemist Cardiff, attended to our needs throughout the evening, addressing any enquiries we had with ease. We extend our heartfelt appreciation and thanks to her for her attentive service.

The Alchemist promises an evening of indulgence and discovery. Overall, our experience at the Cosmic Supper Club was a delightful exploration of diverse flavors and innovative presentations, making it a memorable dining experience worth revisiting.

The Alchmeist Cardiff can be found on 117 St Mary Street, Cardiff, CF10 1DY.

View the full menu online and book your table here: https://thealchemistbars.com/venues/cardiff/