As a food blogger you can imagine I get invited to lots of restaurant launches and for review meals. As fun as it sounds sometimes it can be a lot of work – the restaurants I am invited to can be an hour or more away, I have to take a LOT of pics and sometimes if its a launch event its just a few nibbles. This is why it was truly a pleasure to be invited to the launch of the new Sosban Llanelli menu followed by a full review of Sosban.
Sosban has a bit of a special place in my heart. It was the first nice restaurant we took Izzy to when she was just a baby ( rather nervously I might add ). It’s also the place where we celebrated my birthday last year and my Mums 60th. It s a restaurant we already know and love so I guessed it would be an enjoyable review.
The launch party was lots of fun, we were sat with fellow blogger ( and my sister in law ) Lovely Appetite and her husband Matt and the prosecco was flowing all evening along with LOADS of samples from the new menu PLUS it was my birthday – yes two years in a row spent at Sosban.
The following week we went for a full review meal of the new menu and it’s a bit of a knockout.
Lets start with the actual restaurant ambience and staff – two of the most important aspects of any meal out.
Situated in a Grade II listed building and located on Llanelli’s North Dock, the redevelopment of the building was undertaken by Bendigo 9-10, a company formed by Wales and British Lions rugby internationals Stephen Jones and Dwayne Peel, construction entrepreneur Robert Williams and restaurateur and food broadcaster Simon Wright.
A testament to the detailed and beautiful engineering of the Victorian era, the building is a wonderful monument to the proud industrial heritage of the area. The inside is just as pretty – stylish yet not overly modern with the prettiest lights you ever did see. The staff are always friendly – not just during a review but every single time we have visited. The service we had during my mums 60th was incredible – every single member of the 30+ party was impressed by both the food and the attentive staff.
On this visit it was as if the staff had found out my age and compiled a playlist of tunes from the summer time in my late teens – every song made me smile and think about when the song came out and what I had thought of it at the time. I am PRETTY sure this was not for my benefit but it was so nice.
We started with nibbles and drinks, a plate of delicious home marinated olives and baked breads – Sosban make a bread which is almost cake like and so tasty – I want the recipe! I had a glass of wine and Andrew had a pale ale called Blue Moon.
I started with Duck Arancini with a rhubarb and orange chutney – not a dish I would normally choose.. in fact I don’t normally enjoy duck but the waiter recommended this and it was truly delicious.
Andrew had Carmarthen Ham and Mozzarella Bruschetta with fresh basil – perfectly prepared and full of flavour. He enjoyed and I had a taste too and it was so fresh and a lovely light starter.
For my main I had the Gower Bone In Lamb steak served just the right shade of pink for me, accompanied by some incredibly tasty, crispy chips and a creamy pepper sauce. I am extremely fussy with chips and these met my ( rather high ) standards.
Andrew had the fillet steak ( cooked a perfect medium ) along with chips and the chimichurri sauce – something we had never tried before and so good! Both mains were served with a large stuffed mushroom and tomato which again really enhanced the dish.
For dessert I had a dark chocolate pudding with salted caramel and brioche croutons – an obvious choice for me the salted caramel addict! The pudding was dense and rich, the salted caramel sauce was buttery with a hint of salt and the brioche croutons were out of this world!
Andrew had an ice cream sundae with a selection of flavoured ice creams which he really enjoyed – in fact I didn’t get a look in!
Also how cool is that spoon??
All in all a fantastic dining experience – I realise this sounds a little gushing in places but I really can’t recommend Sosban enough whether you are local or visiting the area. There aren’t many restaurants of this calibre in South Wales and its a place I will return to over and over again.
* Our meals and drinks were complimentary for the purpose of this review. All views as always are my own.