Mo reckons his new restaurant in Station Approach is the best location for easy parking in Penarth
With no advertising, no publicity and absolutely zero promotion, a brand new ultra-modern Bangladeshi restaurant called “Mo’s” has opened in Penarth’s Station Approach.
The open-plan restaurant is in the corner premises of what was once “Breakfast at Timothy’s” – but the whole of the interior has been totally de-gutted and completely renovated .
The bright modern interior of Mo’s with its stainless steel galley
The restaurant is the creation of serial restaurateur from Cardiff, Maulla Aftab (Mo for short) . He’s designed a bright sharp feel with brand-new fittings and dining furniture and a gleaming 21st century stainless-steel galley-area with state-of-the-art equipment where every dish is created within full sight of the diners.
Diners are welcome to ask the chef to throw in an extra green chile or another spoonful of sauce whilst their dish is in preparation.
Restaurant proprietor Mr Maualla Aftab – known as “Mo”
Mo says that 98% of restaurants serving “Indian” food are actually basing their menus on the cuisine of Bangladesh – or in fact Bharat – the old name for the Indian subcontinent before Pakistan and Bangladesh broke away.
The difference between the other establishments and Mo’s new restaurant is the different way of cooking. “In my restaurant it’s more of a home-style cooking” – Mo says, adding ” You can’t beat your mother’s cooking!”.
As if to prove the point, installed behind the gleaming counters of the kitchen is a genuine clay-lined tandoori oven- the only one in the Cardiff area, says Mo. This is by no means the first restaurant that Mo has opened – he also created takeaways in Abertridwr and a brand new one from an empty shell in Dinas Powys .
The immaculate galley area contains the only genuine clay Tandoori oven in South Wales.
The chef in the new restaurant – Miah – was once a partner at the noted Himalaya restaurant in Wellfield Road, Cardiff .
The new Mo’s restaurant in Station Approach carried out an unpubliscised “soft-opening” on September 30th and is now open every day of the week (except Tuesdays) from 12 noon to 22.45 . Sunday closing is at 22:30 . It also provides a takeaway service.
Customers are invited to bring their own booze with them – or buy from The Bottle Shop across the square
There is one small proviso for customers – they have to bring their own wine or beer with them. But with the popular off-licence “The Bottle Shop” immediately opposite across the square that’s no disadvantage. Diners are therefore able to select from a much larger cellar than any restaurant could accommodate – and buy at much keener prices.
Free Bollywood on screen at Mo’s
Meanwhile adding to the atmosphere is a wall-mounted flat-screen tv where diners can keep an eye on the latest Bangladeshi news and entertainment via satellite.