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Guidebook for Cardiff

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Guidebook for Cardiff

Food Scene
Best for: Casual dining, special occasions Head to Heaneys in Pontcanna for a casual yet refined diningexperience in a contemporary urban space. Opened by Great British Menu finalist Tommy Heaney in October 2018, the daily- rotating menu features a selection of sharing plates using innovative, expertly combined ingredients. Standouts on our visit include a starter of Marmite butter, sourdough and duck ham slices, plus mains of cured sea bass with horseradish sorbet, crispy quail ‘nuggets’ and birch-smoked Welsh lamb. Desserts are equally inventive – in one dish, a blanket of Earl Grey custard gives way to soft apple crumble with a hidden blackberry sorbet centre. 10- course tasting menu.
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Heaneys Restaurant
6-10 Romilly Cres
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Best for: Casual dining, special occasions Head to Heaneys in Pontcanna for a casual yet refined diningexperience in a contemporary urban space. Opened by Great British Menu finalist Tommy Heaney in October 2018, the daily- rotating menu features a selection of sharing plates using innovative, expertly combined ingredients. Standouts on our visit include a starter of Marmite butter, sourdough and duck ham slices, plus mains of cured sea bass with horseradish sorbet, crispy quail ‘nuggets’ and birch-smoked Welsh lamb. Desserts are equally inventive – in one dish, a blanket of Earl Grey custard gives way to soft apple crumble with a hidden blackberry sorbet centre. 10- course tasting menu.
Best for: Special occasions The restaurant was awarded a Michelin star in October 2016. Four miles outside Cardiff in Penarth, its glass frontage allows you to dine with a glorious view of the Severn Estuary and beyond. Sommerin’s dishes are elegant and inventive, and the impressive wine list is top-heavy with biodynamic and organic options. Starters from £8.50, mains from £18. Six-course tasting menu £75.
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The Potted Pig
27 High Street
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Best for: Special occasions The restaurant was awarded a Michelin star in October 2016. Four miles outside Cardiff in Penarth, its glass frontage allows you to dine with a glorious view of the Severn Estuary and beyond. Sommerin’s dishes are elegant and inventive, and the impressive wine list is top-heavy with biodynamic and organic options. Starters from £8.50, mains from £18. Six-course tasting menu £75.
Best for: Special occasions The restaurant was awarded a Michelin star in October 2016. Four miles outside Cardiff in Penarth, its glass frontage allows you to dine with a glorious view of the Severn Estuary and beyond. Sommerin’s dishes are elegant and inventive, and the impressive wine list is top-heavy with biodynamic and organic options. Starters from £8.50, mains from £18. Six-course tasting menu £75.
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Restaurant James Sommerin
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Best for: Special occasions The restaurant was awarded a Michelin star in October 2016. Four miles outside Cardiff in Penarth, its glass frontage allows you to dine with a glorious view of the Severn Estuary and beyond. Sommerin’s dishes are elegant and inventive, and the impressive wine list is top-heavy with biodynamic and organic options. Starters from £8.50, mains from £18. Six-course tasting menu £75.
Best for: Kid-friendly, casual dining, cheap eats This is the brainchild of Adam El Tagoury, formerly a Hare Krishna monk, who successfully crowd-funded his 100% vegan enterprise into existence in 2015. Try the speciality burgers made from seitan (wheat gluten) – guilt-free vegan comfort food. Mains from £8.50.
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Anna-Loka
114 Albany Rd
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Best for: Kid-friendly, casual dining, cheap eats This is the brainchild of Adam El Tagoury, formerly a Hare Krishna monk, who successfully crowd-funded his 100% vegan enterprise into existence in 2015. Try the speciality burgers made from seitan (wheat gluten) – guilt-free vegan comfort food. Mains from £8.50.
Best for: Casual dining, cheap eats, kid-friendly After spending four years in a catering bus providing grateful festival-goers with an alternative to cheap hot dogs, Cai Pritchard honed the art of burgercraft and is now established in Cardiff’s foodie-central zone, Whitchurch Road. The Breaking Bad-saluting ‘Heisen Burger’ is the headline act (Welsh Black beefburger with blue cheese, crispy bacon and blue drunken onions) at £7.95.
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Got Beef
97-99 Whitchurch Road
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Best for: Casual dining, cheap eats, kid-friendly After spending four years in a catering bus providing grateful festival-goers with an alternative to cheap hot dogs, Cai Pritchard honed the art of burgercraft and is now established in Cardiff’s foodie-central zone, Whitchurch Road. The Breaking Bad-saluting ‘Heisen Burger’ is the headline act (Welsh Black beefburger with blue cheese, crispy bacon and blue drunken onions) at £7.95.
Best for: Casual dining, special occasions This has the most decidedly unglamorous address – Her Majesty’s Prison, Knox Road, Cardiff – and is staffed by serving ‘guests’ of said establishment. It has been lauded as one of the best fine dining restaurants in Wales, with a bright, buzzy and welcoming interior. The menu offers riffs on classic dishes made with seasonally appropriate ingredients, many grown on the Prescoed prison farm.
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The Clink Cymru
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Best for: Casual dining, special occasions This has the most decidedly unglamorous address – Her Majesty’s Prison, Knox Road, Cardiff – and is staffed by serving ‘guests’ of said establishment. It has been lauded as one of the best fine dining restaurants in Wales, with a bright, buzzy and welcoming interior. The menu offers riffs on classic dishes made with seasonally appropriate ingredients, many grown on the Prescoed prison farm.
Best for: Casual dining, cheap eats, kid-friendly This restaurant in Cardiff Bay proves that anything – from the humble omelette to the cherry Bakewell – can become a thing of beauty in the hands of a genuine artisan, and that no big chain can compete with a family of dedicated caterers. The hog and hen (sausage, egg ans bacon baguette) followed by a chocolate & Malteser cupcake are sheer bliss.
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Love Peace and Cupcake
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Best for: Casual dining, cheap eats, kid-friendly This restaurant in Cardiff Bay proves that anything – from the humble omelette to the cherry Bakewell – can become a thing of beauty in the hands of a genuine artisan, and that no big chain can compete with a family of dedicated caterers. The hog and hen (sausage, egg ans bacon baguette) followed by a chocolate & Malteser cupcake are sheer bliss.
Best for: Casual dining Ten years at the heart of Cardiff’s student hub in Roath have allowed Milgi to build up a devoted and ever-expanding client base, won over by its eclectic decoration, well-proportioned cocktails and flavour-stacked, internationally-inspired, vegetarian plant-based street food. Starters £7.50, mains £11.95.
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Milgi
213 City Road
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Best for: Casual dining Ten years at the heart of Cardiff’s student hub in Roath have allowed Milgi to build up a devoted and ever-expanding client base, won over by its eclectic decoration, well-proportioned cocktails and flavour-stacked, internationally-inspired, vegetarian plant-based street food. Starters £7.50, mains £11.95.
Best for: Casual dining, special occasions Since opening La Cuina in 2012, Montserrat Prat and her crew of Catalan chefs have seen their marriage of ancient cooking traditions and locally sourced food take La Cuina right to the top of the Cardiff restaurant league table. Welsh ingredients are given the Catalan treatment, such as rabbit in a Moscatel vinaigrette. Mains from £13.50.
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La Cuina
11 King's Road
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Best for: Casual dining, special occasions Since opening La Cuina in 2012, Montserrat Prat and her crew of Catalan chefs have seen their marriage of ancient cooking traditions and locally sourced food take La Cuina right to the top of the Cardiff restaurant league table. Welsh ingredients are given the Catalan treatment, such as rabbit in a Moscatel vinaigrette. Mains from £13.50.
Best for: Casual dining, cheap eats, kid-friendly Cardiff is known for its superb Indian restaurants, a reputation that has a lot to do with Ajit Kandoran and Latheesh Kottilil, whose restaurant Mint and Mustard has been the high watermark for Asian cookery in south Wales for 10 years. Their punky offshoot in Canton is the ultimate street food destination. Mixed thalis from £11.95.
Chai Street Indian Restaurant
15 High St
Best for: Casual dining, cheap eats, kid-friendly Cardiff is known for its superb Indian restaurants, a reputation that has a lot to do with Ajit Kandoran and Latheesh Kottilil, whose restaurant Mint and Mustard has been the high watermark for Asian cookery in south Wales for 10 years. Their punky offshoot in Canton is the ultimate street food destination. Mixed thalis from £11.95.
Best for: Casual dining, kid-friendly Twenty years ago, Russell Bullimore (no prizes for guessing his nickname) opened a classic French-style bistro to showcase the kind of food that he loved, and no one has grown tired of it since. A meticulously sourced list of wines hand-picked from appellations all over France helps to complete the authentic Gallic mood, aided no end by a randomly assembled, themeless art collection that calls to mind semi-fictional Parisian brasseries where penniless artists paid for food with their canvasses. Starters from £5, mains from £15.
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Bullys Restaurant
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Best for: Casual dining, kid-friendly Twenty years ago, Russell Bullimore (no prizes for guessing his nickname) opened a classic French-style bistro to showcase the kind of food that he loved, and no one has grown tired of it since. A meticulously sourced list of wines hand-picked from appellations all over France helps to complete the authentic Gallic mood, aided no end by a randomly assembled, themeless art collection that calls to mind semi-fictional Parisian brasseries where penniless artists paid for food with their canvasses. Starters from £5, mains from £15.
Best for: Casual dining, kid-friendly Twenty years ago, Russell Bullimore (no prizes for guessing his nickname) opened a classic French-style bistro to showcase the kind of food that he loved, and no one has grown tired of it since. A meticulously sourced list of wines hand-picked from appellations all over France helps to complete the authentic Gallic mood, aided no end by a randomly assembled, themeless art collection that calls to mind semi-fictional Parisian brasseries where penniless artists paid for food with their canvasses. Starters from £5, mains from £15.
Shaam Nights Restaurant
118 City Rd
Best for: Casual dining, kid-friendly Twenty years ago, Russell Bullimore (no prizes for guessing his nickname) opened a classic French-style bistro to showcase the kind of food that he loved, and no one has grown tired of it since. A meticulously sourced list of wines hand-picked from appellations all over France helps to complete the authentic Gallic mood, aided no end by a randomly assembled, themeless art collection that calls to mind semi-fictional Parisian brasseries where penniless artists paid for food with their canvasses. Starters from £5, mains from £15.
Best for: Special occasions Park House has become Cardiff’s restaurant yardstick since opening in 2005, not least for its afternoon teas. A precise, contemporary establishment run under recently appointed head chef, Matt Walfron, with a modern vitality to the variety of menus found in Park House’s celebrated, oak-panelled, Bruge dining room. This antique/modish marriage is echoed in the Vanilla Rooms cocktail bar, which couldn’t be more ‘now’ if they’d hired Cara Delevingne to mix the mojitos with a Little Book of Hygge under her arm. Five-course tasting menu £55.
Park House Restaurant & Wine Bar
20 Park Pl
Best for: Special occasions Park House has become Cardiff’s restaurant yardstick since opening in 2005, not least for its afternoon teas. A precise, contemporary establishment run under recently appointed head chef, Matt Walfron, with a modern vitality to the variety of menus found in Park House’s celebrated, oak-panelled, Bruge dining room. This antique/modish marriage is echoed in the Vanilla Rooms cocktail bar, which couldn’t be more ‘now’ if they’d hired Cara Delevingne to mix the mojitos with a Little Book of Hygge under her arm. Five-course tasting menu £55.
Best for: Casual dining, cheap eats, kid-friendly An expansive, industrial-look interior gives this address on increasingly gourmand Whitchurch Street the retro-fit vibe of a New York art gallery circa 1989. There’s influence too from Bristol, just across the River Severn, where the proprietors Tim Moores and Dom Wood also own Urban Standard and North Street Standard. The menu is designed to be enjoyed by friends huddled around a table, sharing pork or seafood platters washed down with a pint or two of locally brewed Pipes Beer. Extra points for the “Mactorious P.I.G.” sandwich. Starters from £4.50, sharing platters £14.90.
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Society Standard
81 Whitchurch Rd
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Best for: Casual dining, cheap eats, kid-friendly An expansive, industrial-look interior gives this address on increasingly gourmand Whitchurch Street the retro-fit vibe of a New York art gallery circa 1989. There’s influence too from Bristol, just across the River Severn, where the proprietors Tim Moores and Dom Wood also own Urban Standard and North Street Standard. The menu is designed to be enjoyed by friends huddled around a table, sharing pork or seafood platters washed down with a pint or two of locally brewed Pipes Beer. Extra points for the “Mactorious P.I.G.” sandwich. Starters from £4.50, sharing platters £14.90.
Best for: Casual dining, cheap eats, kid-friendly An expansive, industrial-look interior gives this address on increasingly gourmand Whitchurch Street the retro-fit vibe of a New York art gallery circa 1989. There’s influence too from Bristol, just across the River Severn, where the proprietors Tim Moores and Dom Wood also own Urban Standard and North Street Standard. The menu is designed to be enjoyed by friends huddled around a table, sharing pork or seafood platters washed down with a pint or two of locally brewed Pipes Beer. Extra points for the “Mactorious P.I.G.” sandwich. Starters from £4.50, sharing platters £14.90.
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Best for: Casual dining, cheap eats, kid-friendly An expansive, industrial-look interior gives this address on increasingly gourmand Whitchurch Street the retro-fit vibe of a New York art gallery circa 1989. There’s influence too from Bristol, just across the River Severn, where the proprietors Tim Moores and Dom Wood also own Urban Standard and North Street Standard. The menu is designed to be enjoyed by friends huddled around a table, sharing pork or seafood platters washed down with a pint or two of locally brewed Pipes Beer. Extra points for the “Mactorious P.I.G.” sandwich. Starters from £4.50, sharing platters £14.90.
Best for: Casual dining, cheap eats, kid-friendly This is the result of several years of evolution and development by husband-and-wife team Rhys and Laura Keogh, who took over The Pot when it was an unassuming café. Word quickly spread about their new, hearty cassoulets and bouillabaisse – and suddenly, 25 covers wasn’t enough. They’re now packing them in at their new location on Whitchurch Road, while the original venue has been re-reimagined as an upmarket café named, rather sweetly, Arty’s Kitchen, after their son. Breakfast from £5.50, main courses from £8.50.
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The Pot Bistro
138 Crwys Rd
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Best for: Casual dining, cheap eats, kid-friendly This is the result of several years of evolution and development by husband-and-wife team Rhys and Laura Keogh, who took over The Pot when it was an unassuming café. Word quickly spread about their new, hearty cassoulets and bouillabaisse – and suddenly, 25 covers wasn’t enough. They’re now packing them in at their new location on Whitchurch Road, while the original venue has been re-reimagined as an upmarket café named, rather sweetly, Arty’s Kitchen, after their son. Breakfast from £5.50, main courses from £8.50.
Best for: Casual dining, special occasions The name Anand George is whispered with sacred reverence in Cardiff. Learning his craft over many gruelling hours back home in Kochi, Kerala (and in some of the best kitchens in London), George set up the Purple Poppadom in Cardiff’s vibrant Canton district in 2007. His mission: to change the way Indian food is viewed. The clean, bright, modern presentation – the room as well as the plate – allows many varied flavours to breathe and bedazzle. Read all about it in George’s first cookbook, The 5,000 Mile Journey. Mains from £13.50, seven- course tasting menu £49.95.
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Purple Poppadom
185a Cowbridge Road East
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Best for: Casual dining, special occasions The name Anand George is whispered with sacred reverence in Cardiff. Learning his craft over many gruelling hours back home in Kochi, Kerala (and in some of the best kitchens in London), George set up the Purple Poppadom in Cardiff’s vibrant Canton district in 2007. His mission: to change the way Indian food is viewed. The clean, bright, modern presentation – the room as well as the plate – allows many varied flavours to breathe and bedazzle. Read all about it in George’s first cookbook, The 5,000 Mile Journey. Mains from £13.50, seven- course tasting menu £49.95.
Best for: Casual dining, special occasions The name Anand George is whispered with sacred reverence in Cardiff. Learning his craft over many gruelling hours back home in Kochi, Kerala (and in some of the best kitchens in London), George set up the Purple Poppadom in Cardiff’s vibrant Canton district in 2007. His mission: to change the way Indian food is viewed. The clean, bright, modern presentation – the room as well as the plate – allows many varied flavours to breathe and bedazzle. Read all about it in George’s first cookbook, The 5,000 Mile Journey. Mains from £13.50, seven- course tasting menu £49.95.
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Tiny Rebel Cardiff
25 Westgate St
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Best for: Casual dining, special occasions The name Anand George is whispered with sacred reverence in Cardiff. Learning his craft over many gruelling hours back home in Kochi, Kerala (and in some of the best kitchens in London), George set up the Purple Poppadom in Cardiff’s vibrant Canton district in 2007. His mission: to change the way Indian food is viewed. The clean, bright, modern presentation – the room as well as the plate – allows many varied flavours to breathe and bedazzle. Read all about it in George’s first cookbook, The 5,000 Mile Journey. Mains from £13.50, seven- course tasting menu £49.95.
Street Food Circus
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Cocorico Patisserie
53-55 Whitchurch Road
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Pettigrew Tea Rooms
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Sightseeing
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Cardiff Castle
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Waterfront Park
Entertainment & Activities
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Millennium Stadium
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Cardiff International White Water
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plan2ride Bike Cafe
51 Merthyr Rd
Cardiff Sea Safaris
Parks & Nature
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Bute Park
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Arts & Culture
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St. Fagans National Museum of History
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Off the Wall Art Gallery
49 Cardiff Rd
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Sherman Cymru
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Millennium Centre
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Shopping
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St David’s Dewi Sant
11 St David's Way
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Queens Arcade
The Capitol Shopping Centre