Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Grosvenor Casino - High Street

Unless you're a high roller in Las Vegas or Monte Carlo (which I assume you are not), eating in a casino may seem a little seedy. However this doesn't prove to be the case with the Grosvenor Casino on High Street, which is a great alternative for the adult diners in Swansea.

I've been going to the casino for the past ten years - not just to consistently lose £20 on the roulette tables, but to enjoy a decent meal in a lively, generally friendly and comfortable atmosphere which is guaranteed to be free from screaming children – usually the number one cause of indigestion in my experience.

The small, first floor casino is roughly split into three areas – the main space, filled with roulette, blackjack and slot machines, with a cordoned-off restaurant area and a bar space, where live sport is shown on the TVs. For reviewing purposes I went for the restaurant menu, served in the more stylish seating area towards the back of the room.

You'll find a pretty extensive menu, with a variety of steaks and grilled meats, alongside lighter salads and hearty pasta dishes. The bar menu also adds several burgers, pub grub and smaller snacks to this list.

Coconut shrimp (slightly blurry)

To start I went for the coconut shrimp, which was delicious. I rarely see coconut shrimp on a menu in Swansea (perhaps I am looking in the wrong place), but they were moist and meaty, with a crispy coating and delicate flavour of coconut, served with a tangy sweet chilli sauce. A decent portion size too, which made it a nice warm up for my main course. 

I looked at the Singapore noodles with beef to quench my hunger. The noodles were nice enough, although I'd have liked a few more vegetables than just green peppers and onions - mange tout or carrot would have livened it up a little. However the strips of steak scattered on top were superb – I was expecting a plain rump steak, but the meat felt very tender and had a freshly chargrilled taste.

After the prawns and beef noodles, I was full. My partner – who had sampled the mushroom and pumpkin ravioli for her main – found some room for a salted-chocolate caramel torte, which looked very rich and definitely satisfied her sweet-tooth.

Being a casino, there is plenty of scope for after-dinner entertainment – namely trying your luck on the array of gaming machines and croupier-run tables – although they have a range of themed evenings and live singers from time to time.

And though you have to be a member to gain access to the casino, becoming one is a pretty quick and simple process which involves bringing along your driving licence to prove your age and address.

Prices for food aren't the cheapest, but decent considering the quality. We had one starter, two mains, one desert and a pint of beer (the soft drinks are complimentary), which came to just over £30, leaving me with a little change which, naturally, I lost on the roulette machines! You can't win them all...

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