Adolygiad Terry M Fine Dining, Celtic Manor Resort

′Nol ym mis Medi, cyn profi bwydlen eithriadol Plas Bodegroes Pwllheli, ces gomisiwn gan gylchgrawn Red Handed Magazine i ymweld â bwyty Terry M Fine Dining yng ngwesty’r Celtic Manor ger Casnewydd.

Dyma’r berl yng nghoron ymerodraeth lletygarwch Terry Matthews, y brodor o Gasnewydd a aeth i Ganada bell i brofi llwyddiant fel biliwnydd, diolch i’w allu craff yn y maes telegyfathrebu.

Mae e’n lysgennad mawr dros Gymru, gan lwyddo i godi proffil y wlad, wrth ddenu’r Ryder Cup i’r Celtic Manor yn 2010 a chynhadledd NATo yn 2014.

Mae’n hawdd iawn ailadrodd y PR amdano wrth gwrs, ond profais hynny yn uniongyrchol yn 2011 tra ar ymweliad â dinas Efrog Newydd. Ar fy noson gyntaf yno, es i am blatiad o wystrys yn yr Union Square Café y cogydd Danny Meyer, gan ddechrau siarad â dyn nesaf ata i o’r enw Kermit, oedd wedi mwynhau gwylio gornest Ryder Cup gymaint yn 2010 nes iddo ef a’i wraig drefnu gwyliau golffio i Gasnewydd, gan fwynhau bwytai braf Sir Fynwy, The Walnut Tree a The Hardwick yn eu plith.

Fel y gwelwch, yn yr adolygiad islaw, ces i noson wirioneddol anhygoel, gan brofi’r fwydlen orau un – y fwydlen flasu £70 y pen – y pryd bwyd drytaf i mi’i brofi yng Nghymru ers ymweld â The Crown at Whitebrook yn 2011 .

Y mae’r pris yn adlewyrchu safon eithriadol y wasanaeth, y defnydd creadigol o gynnyrch, ac awyrgylch arbennig iawn; mi fydden i’n sicr yn dadlau nad oes bwyty tebyg yng Nghaerdydd ar hyn o bryd. Ydy, mae’n ddrud, ond os am bryd bwyd arbennig iawn, does ond un ffordd i weld prun ai ydw i’n siarad trwy fy het ai peidio!

Ymddiheiriadau, gyda llaw, am y diffyg lluniau y tro hwn – penderfynodd fy iFfôn fod yn iDiot y noson honno – ond gobeithio y bydd y geiriau’n sbarduno delweddau byw i ddawnsio yn y dychymyg.

Red Handed Magazine Review : Terry M Fine Dining, Celtic Manor Resort

Terry M Fine Dining

At the heart of Wales’ ritziest, glitziest hotel lies an oasis of elegance and charm. The Celtic Manor in Newport has long since established its credentials as a first rate golfing resort and over the past few years it has become a hot-spot for haute-cuisine.

The triple AA rosette winning Terry M restaurant is ‘destination dining’ defined. Following two years at the 2 Michelin starred Jean Bardet restaurant in Tours, France, Chef Tim McDougall has developed a menu that represents the best in contemporary Welsh fare; full of passion and skill and presented with flair.

For a truly special occasion, consider the exquisite £70-a-head, six course Tasting Menu. From the potted ham hock and featherlight cream cheese gougere canapes to the cinnamon palmier and chocolate lime macaroon petit fours, it was a feast for the senses in so many ways, that has lingered in the memory.

The setting was the essence of understated style; the classic white tablecloths and crystal chandeliers formed a sophisticated backdrop to the evening’s main event. The charming staff were the perfect hosts, and put everyone at ease.

The meal began with a spicy carrot soup, enriched with curry oil, walnut and a dash of fennel that was followed by a heavenly goats cheese panacotta. A torchon of duck liver poached in port, served with toasted brioche, was wonderfully dense and was enhanced by a glass of Man Vintner Cuvee Chenin Blanc from the coastal region of Western Cape in South Africa.

The hand-dived scallop, stuffed trotter and fennel risotto was a highpoint indeed, and has garnered a reputation amongst those-in-the-know as Chef McDougall’s signature dish.

The Cannon of Welsh lamb, sweetbreads and cassoulet of coco beans that followed was a triumph of texture and taste, as was the strawberry souffle and basil and mascarpone ice cream that brought the meal to a memorable close.

The restaurant may not yet boast a Michelin star, but with a growing emphasis on the use of local, organic, fare executed with such an innovative balance of flavours, it’s only a matter of time until Terry M Fine Dining earns its just desserts ; in the meantime, treat yourself to South Wales’ best kept secret.

Terry M, Celtic Manor, Coldra Woods, The Usk Valley, Newport NP18 1 HQ (01633 413000)

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