You can judge a great restaurant by many things; the quality of its ingredients, the chefs, the ambience, its location and service. One that consistently ticks all the boxes for us is Keyif, the Turkish restaurant in Penarth. It’s consistently good and real value for money.
We’ve enjoyed several meals at Keyif in Penarth over as many months. Dinner, lunch – we’ve even popped in just for a snack and a glass of wine, and sometimes just a coffee – it’s that kind of restaurant. The one thing that has impressed us is its consistency. It’s always good.
The food is excellent – we do love food from the griddle and Keyif does this exceptionally well. Their kebabs are simply scrumptious. We’ve ordered steak and lamb shanks and each time they’ve been perfectly cooked. We’ve yet to try the mixed grill but it’s on our Keyif bucket list.
Their rice is perfect each time and, on the odd occasion when we’ve ordered fries, they’ve been perfect too. One of the things I really love about Keyif is the salad. They do salads extremely well and everything is super fresh. I’m not really a salad person (I often refer to it as rabbit food), but here, the salads are something special. They do a pomegranate dressing which is really lovely – not too sweet, but sticky and sublime, and it seems to lift the taste to another level. Jennifer recently had fish and it was divine – perfectly cooked and moist and full of flavour. In short, the food here is excellent.
The restaurant space feels just right with a very calming ambience. Tastefully decorated it is light and airy. Even if you’re in there with diners at just two or three other tables, it feels cosy. The atmosphere complements the food perfectly.
If we’re talking restaurants we have to talk about “service” and this is one area where Keyif truly excels. The service team are lovely. It’s really hard not to describe them without gushing praise and filling the page with clichés. They’re friendly, knowledgeable, super polite and nothing is too much trouble. What’s more it feels genuine, and is delivered effortlessly and, quite simply, makes you feel truly welcome.
If you’ve dined at Keyif, you’ll know what we’re talking about. If you haven’t, you’ve missed out on a really lovely dining experience. The word keyif means pleasure and it’s the prefect name for this particular Turkish restaurant.
21 Glebe Street, Penarth, CF64 1EE
029 2070 2429