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Review: Junction 28, Newport

(March 01, 2016)

Review: Junction 28, Newport

junction 28 - menu

 

Just outside Newport, Junction 28 has established itself as a great place to eat experimental and modern cuisine. After being recommended by a friend (who had enjoyed a meal there at Christmas, which included prawn cocktail ice cream – something I had never heard of before), we decided to pay it a visit.

Only 20 minutes from Cardiff, we found the restaurant easily. Situated behind a large church a few minutes from the M4 motorway (from Junction 28, of course) at Station Road, Basaleg, it overlooks the fast-flowing Afon Ebwy. Parking was a bit of an issue (we dined at a Friday lunchtime), which showed even before we walked through the door that this is a popular eaterie – so booking is essential at popular times and evenings/weekends. Especially if you want to be seated in the area dressed a railway carriage at the back of the restaurant.
 

junction 28 - the 'railway carriage'

junction 28 - the 'railway carriage'
The 'railway carriage'
 

The restaurant also has a private dining area (suitable for intimate dinners for small to medium sized parties up to a maximum 14) and a larger function room for bigger events.

On entering, we were shown into a busy, but comfortable bar area and our drinks orders were taken swiftly, by pleasant, attentive staff. Prior to drinks arriving we were given the food menu (which included both the standard lunch and à la carte menus, both of which were available) and wine list. We decided to order two courses (for £15.95) from the fixed-price lunch menu, as this looked excellent (also available are one course for £12.95 or three courses for £17.95), with a good range of options available. Offering the à la carte menu is a thoughtful touch. My partner doesn't eat meat, which means his food options are often limited.
  

junction 28 - menu


We had requested seats in one of the booths in the 'railway carriage' at the back of the restaurant. Decorated in an 'Orient Express' style, it offers unspectacular views of the Afon Ebwy before it meets the Afon Wysg, as it flows into Môr Hafren. Whilst we waited at the table for our starters, we were brought a basket of thickly sliced and beautifully fresh breads (a selection of white and brown in door-stop sized wedges), together with some butters – the revelation being the chilli butter which was unusual. I've never had or even seen this type of butter before and it will certainly be something I will try at home.

For starters we ordered salmon gravlax sat on a bed of potato salad, and poached egg, toasted muffin and prosciutto ham with hollandaise. Both were tasty and beautifully presented.
 

junction 28, poached egg, toasted muffin and prosciutto ham with hollandaisePoached egg, toasted muffin and prosciutto ham with hollandaise starter

junction 28, salmon gravlax sat on a bed of potato salad
Starter - salmon gravlax on a bed of potato salad

 

junction 28, poached egg, toasted muffin and prosciutto ham with hollandaise junction 28, pork loin with homemade onion rings
Poached egg, toasted muffin and prosciutto ham with hollandaise starter Main course -pork loin with homemade onion rings
  

This was followed by cod with a tapenade crust with pesto (the venue kindly left off the chorizo at our request), and I had pork loin with homemade onion rings. We chose beetroot, grapefruit and walnut salad, cauliflower cheese (all included as part of the meal offer) and chips (bought additionally) as accompaniments. All were delicious and served promptly.
 

junction 28, pork loin with homemade onion ringsPork loin with homemade onion rings main course

junction 28, cod with a tapenade crust with pesto
Cod with a tapenade crust with pesto main course

 

Regrettably, we did not have sufficient room available to try the desert menu, but several of the options sounded delicious.

Together with a half pint of beer, a glass of white wine and two glasses of merlot the bill came to a very reasonable £52. Service, which was excellent, is discretionary.

We plan to return soon.

Claire Meredith, March 2016

Junction 28
Station Approach
Bassaleg
Newport
NP10 8LD

Also by Claire Meredith:
     Y Talbot, Tregaron; September 2015

    
Manorhaus, Llangollen; June 2015

    
Ty Croeso, Crickhowell; December 2014

    
Ruthin Castle Hotel, Rhuthun; September 2014

    
The Manor Town House, Fishguard; June 2014
    
Llandeilo; December 2013
    
Tenby / Dinbych-y-pysgod; September 2013
    
The Old Chemist Inn, Saundersfoot
; September 2013

    
The Bunch of Grapes, Pontypridd
; September 2013

    
Gwesty'r Emlyn Hotel, Newcastle Emlyn
; June 2013

    
Photographic study of Newcastle Emlyn
; June 2013
     Lake Vyrnwy Hotel; December 2012

     The Drawing Room, nr Builth Wells; December 2012
     3 Pen Cei Guest House, Aberaeron; June 2012
     Escape 5* B&B, Llandudno; June 2012
     The Bunch of Grapes, Pontypridd; June 2012
     Photographic study of Myddfai; February 2011
     The Crown at Whitebrook; February 2011
     The New White Lion, Llandovery; February 2011
     Ty Mawr Mansion Country House, Cilcennin, Lampeter; December 2009
     George Thomas Hospice 'Style In the City' event; May 2009

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