Being a self-confessed foodie, and a blogger who does A LOT of food reviews (www.lotsofloveme.com – shamless plug, but idc!), Cardiff is one of the best cities to eat in, and you’re really spoilt for choice!
Name: Shaam Nights
Address: 116-118 City Road, CF24 3DQ
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Favourite Meal: Mix Shish (£9) – Two skewers of lamb and chicken cubes marinated with house spices, served with rice.
USP: Shaam Nights is strictiy, no alcohol which means they compensate with having some pretty amazing food, and equally amazing non-alcoholic smoothies.
Name: Coffee Barker
Address: Unit 13, Castle Arcade, CF10 1BU
Favourite Meal: Jacket potato with beans and brie
USP: It’s cosy, and you can literally spend hours in the warmth in there filling yourself up with hot chocolate and the best looking cakes in town!
Name: The Cricketers Pub
Address: 66 Cathedral Road, CF11 9LL
Favourite Meal: Sticky Toffee Pudding, Butterscotch Sauce and Ice Cream
USP: Probably the best pub meal I’ve ever had and at only 3 courses for £20, you can’t really go wrong!
Name: Cafe Citta
Address: 4 Church Street, CF10 1BG
Favourite Meal: Linguine de Mar
USP: Huge portions, family run restaurant, and so small you’d probably miss it if you blinked. Cafe Citta is voted the second best restaurant in Cardiff for a reason (number 2 to Shaam Nights!) and it’s so chilled, and so small in there you forget you’re in Wales’ capital city!
Address: 31 Mermaid Quay, CF10 5BZ
Favourite Meal: Mussels (£6.95)
USP: We’ve had both good and bad meals in this place, and sometimes they struggle under the strain of how popular they are, but set on at the end of a pier in Cardiff Bay means you get the most beautiful view!
Name: The Clink
Address: HMP Cardiff, Knox Road, CF24 0UG
Favourite Meal: Duo of Aylesbury duck with duck jus, cherry relish, carrot puree, spinach, and cocotte potatoes (£11.50)
USP: The Clink restaurant is run by prisoners from HMP Prescoed and HMP Cardiff to help them gain skills and qualifications in that area of work!
Address: 151 Crwys Road, CF24 4NH
Favourite Meal: Anokha Tikka – Ostrich Fillets (£5.50)
USP: It’s a multi award-winning restaurant including last year’s Best Restaurant in South Wales – and certainly lives up to its reputation.
Name: The Potted Pig
Address: 27 High Street, CF10 1PU
Cuisine: French, British
Favourite Meal: Free range pork belly with greens, celeriac puree and beetroot crisps (£16)
USP: Has amazing gin!
Name: The Grazing Shed
Address: Barrack Lane, CF10 2GS
Favourite Meal: Spicy Uncle Pedro (Beef burger with avocado mash, salsa, chorizo and jalapeño infused sour cream)
USP: They use all locally sourced ingredients which means it’s tastier, and has a lot more nutritional benefits – plus it keeps the local industry alive!
Name: Madame Fromage
Address: 18 Castle Arcade, CF10 1BW
Favourite Meal: CHEESE PLATTER
USP: You literally die and go to cheesy heaven as you discover there is actually a restaurant… dedicated to cheese!