Stu­dio a dream for stu­dents

South Wales Echo - - GAME ON -

With a menu over­flow­ing with In­dian clas­sics, the Vege­tar­ian Food Stu­dio is a must for stu­dent din­ers. You’ll find amaz­ing meals with­out strain­ing that stu­dent loan.

Founded in 2002, the Vege­tar­ian Food Stu­dio in Cardiff quickly es­tab­lished it­self as the mecca for In­dian vege­tar­ian cui­sine, and a string of both lo­cal and na­tional awards over the years has re­in­forced its po­si­tion as the num­ber-one des­ti­na­tion for both veg­e­tar­i­ans and ve­g­ans alike.

It has fea­tured on many oc­ca­sions in The Sun­day Times (in­clud­ing fea­tur­ing in an ar­ti­cle head­lined the best 130 places in Britain for cheap eats); The Guardian; The In­de­pen­dent and on­line in sev­eral ar­ti­cles/awards from Tri­pad­vi­sor (as one of the 12 best vege­tar­ian restau­rants in the UK), Wales On­line, South Wales Echo and WOW247.

A list of some of these are linked on its web­site: www. veg­e­tar­i­an­food­stu­dio.co.uk/Home/ Awards.

The lat­est award has been its crowning achieve­ment, beating sev­eral highly re­garded restau­rants to win The Food Awards Wales’ best vege­tar­ian es­tab­lish­ment at the awards cer­e­mony in Cardiff. The award has na­tional recog­ni­tion and has brought great at­ten­tion to this fam­ily-run busi­ness. Loyal cus­tomers travel from far afield so book­ing is now essen­tial six days a week.

All of the food is cooked specif­i­cally to or­der, us­ing lo­cally sourced veg­eta­bles and spices im­ported from In­dia, never blended curry pow­der.

On the main-course menu there is a choice of three daals, and three tofu dishes, whose tastes are all to­tally di­verse, mean­ing each dish has its own char­ac­ter and unique­ness.

The most pop­u­lar dish in 2017 is prov­ing to be the Rin­gan No-oro – a bar­be­cue-roasted aubergine cooked with onions, co­rian­der, toma­toes and chill­ies. Along with North In­dian dishes, the Stu­dio of­fers an ori­en­tal sec­tion, as well as a South In­dian menu, serv­ing dosas, ut­ta­pams and sam­bars

Strictly through word of mouth, the Stu­dio’s out­side ca­ter­ing ser­vice is ca­ter­ing for a range of wed­dings as more and more peo­ple are turn­ing to the Stu­dio to pro­vide a more cost-ef­fec­tive wed­ding ban­quet with­out de­tract­ing from tra­di­tional flavours.

The Stu­dio is also em­bark­ing on its vege­tar­ian day pro­mo­tions, en­cour­ag­ing lo­cal busi­nesses to in­dulge in meat-free lunches. It de­liv­ers, di­rectly to the of­fice, a tif­fin, con­sist­ing of the curry of the day, a rice and daal, four roti and a can of drink. With dates at var­i­ous food fairs around Wales this sum­mer, there has been the chance for all to sam­ple their wares in­clud­ing their de­light­ful range of In­dian sweets and cakes.

And with de­liv­ery ser­vice avail­able, it’s a stu­dents’ dream!

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