Ask in Cardiff - bake with aubergine instead of pasta


ASK Italian, 24/32 Wyndham Arcade, Mill Lane, Cardiff CF10 1FJ

I haven’t been to an ASK restaurant for a while, so I thought I would try lunch while staying in Cardiff for the week. Décor is consistent, of course, and the menu is available in all their outlets so I wasn’t sure if there was anything new to try.

I was actually pleasantly surprised with the Melanz Parmigiana special, like a dish-baked lasagna with creamy, cheesy and tomato sauce but between slices of aubergine rather than pasta. It looked good served straight from the oven in a cast-iron dish, hot bubbling sauce smelling delicious, alongside a small salad bowl, both standing on a wooden board. Although the salad was very basic, with no dressing, it was all perfect with a glass of crisp, white Trebbiano wine.

No pasta or bread, so there was clearly still a little bit of room left for a dessert. How to choose which one from such an interesting, though limited, menu…the young waiter was very helpful and agreed that the pistachio cake was definitely his favourite, especially served with a scoop of ice cream. Absolutely true, it is a lovely light, moist cake that is very tasty.

I would choose these dishes again, and we will make a point of visiting ASK again in the future.

£16.50 for 2 courses and 3.95 for 175ml glass of wine.

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