Living in North Wales doesn’t often give you a lot of great options when it comes to wining and dining. There are no recognisable brands around, other than fast food establishments, and sometimes it’s difficult to be able to tell the good from the bad when it comes to local restaurants.
I came across this restaurant when I found their beautifully designed menu; two colour letter press print on fully recycled brown paper in my house, something I would never have expected to find in North Wales and had thought my housemate brought back from London, or somewhere a little more commercialised. I visited their website and fell further in love; everything about this place seemed perfect. The decision to visit was already made. I have friends who live in Menai Bridge and missing out on an opportunity like this would’ve been a scandal.
The restaurant looked great; it had the feel of a family owned 50s seafood diner with authentic retro photos on the walls and random nautical objects dotted about the place. The outdoor seating area overlooking the Menai Straits just seals the deal on an already brilliant dining experience. Its location means that you can sail there with plenty of boat parking space in the straits.
The sea bass was done to perfection, grilled on a bed of onions and thyme, drizzled with olive oil. Although it was no match for my dad’s Lebanese recipe it was still great. It didn’t have much flavour as they left the sea bass to be understated with no additional ingredients to bring out the flavours from one of my favourite dishes.
Dylan’s markets itself as a pizzeria and it’s easy to see why. The thin, Italian style bases come with the perfect amount of tomato sauce and an array of different fresh toppings.
The only problem is the price. Dylan’s isn’t a typical student cheap meal out. Dishes fall around the £9 mark and things don’t get much better with drinks at £3.50 for a bottle of San Miguel and £2.50 for a glass of cranberry juice. If you want something different, that’s guaranteed to impress then it’s definitely worth the price.
Its mix of arty Italian flair and rustic sea food diner reminiscent of the 50s is the perfect combination; it’s only a bridge away.