Spice up your life

A round-up of the best dishes to keep you warm as the nights draw in

South Wales Echo - - Life Style -

CURRY is def­i­nitely king in Cardiff and there are so many places that serve bril­liant meals. We’ve put to­gether 20 In­dian, Bangladeshi, Thai, Ja­panese and even Ja­maican dishes that you sim­ply can’t miss.

1. Lamb shank from Mowgli’s

Wow, don’t have any lunch be­fore eat­ing this.

This baby is mar­i­nated overnight with fresh spices and slow cooked. It’s also cov­ered with minced lamb and baby pota­toes.

Where: 151 Cr­wys Road, CF24 4NH and 13 Pen­lline Road, Whitchurch, CF14 2AA.

Visit: mowglis.co.uk

2. Duchess of Delhi’s chicken tikka masala

The Cardiff Bay res­tau­rant was in the fi­nal three for Welsh In­dian Res­tau­rant of the Year at the Asian Res­tau­rant and Take­away Awards, which are voted for by the pub­lic, and serves up South Asian spe­cial­ties along­side In­dian clas­sics like their tikka masala, which, no one can deny, is a great curry when done right.

Where: 6 Bute Cres­cent, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5AN

Visit: duches­sofdelhi.com

3. A curry bowl from Ker­alan


A mas­sive riot of colour thanks to the won­der­ful pop­padoms, this Ker­alan de­li­cious­ness can be found across the pop-up scene in the cap­i­tal and be­yond. Click on the link be­low to find out where they will be next.

Visit: www.face­book.com/ker­alankar­a­van

4. Chut­ney Roti’s In­dian clas­sics

When it comes to the clas­sics, there’s noth­ing Chut­ney Roti can’t do - and they do it well, too.

We love their chicken pasanda and dopi­aza, pic­tured above. If you’re look­ing for a de­pend­able, qual­ity curry house, pop along here. Their desserts are awe­some, too.

Where: 90-92 Whitchurch Road,

CF14 3LY

Visit: www.chut­ney­roti-cardiff. co.uk

5. Pa­neer bhurji from Bwyta Bwyd Bom­bai

If a heavy curry isn’t what you’re af­ter dur­ing lunch hour, per­haps one of 3Bs’ fill­ing snacks will do the trick.

Try a juicy pa­neer flavoured with tamarind, mango and mint and served with a lush bread roll from around the cor­ner in Cardiff Mar­ket to soak up the ex­tra flavour.

Where: 16 High Street Ar­cade, CF10 1BB

Visit: www.3bscafe.com

6. Bangkok Cafe’s Lamb Mas­saman

Spicy, loads of curry sauce and ba­si­cally one of the most de­li­cious dishes ever. Fact.

Where : 207 Cow­bridge Road East, CF11 9AJ

Visit : www.bangkok­cafe.co.uk

7. Chai Street’s Chef ’s Spe­cial Thali

Why just have one type of curry when you can have three? Lamb, chicken, veg­gie and starter and naan all on one plate.

Where: 153 Cow­bridge Road East, CF11 9AH

Visit : www.chaistreet.com

8. Em­pire’s Chicken Jal­frezi

We love this one as it’s easy to make at home, but also great as part of a big curry night out at Roath’s leg­endary In­dian res­tau­rant.

Chunky veg and chicken in a spicy sauce, it al­most sounds healthy!

Where : 157-159 Al­bany Road, CF24 3NT

Visit: www.em­pir­erestau­rant.co.uk

9. Ichiban’s Ebi Katsu Curry

You can by katsu curry pasties in Gregg’s now, ap­par­ently, but for­get that and try this beau­ti­ful prawn dish with sticky rice and a spicy curry that’s a Ja­panese clas­sic.

Where: 201 Cow­bridge Road East, CF11 9AJ

Visit : www.ichiban­car­diff.co.uk

10. Cin­na­mon Tree’s Tan­doori king prawn saag

Juicy king prawns grilled in the Tan­doori oven and served on a bed of the Ci­nam­mon Tree’s de­li­cious saag. A real tasty treat.

Where: 173 Kings Road, CF11 9DE Visit: www.thecin­na­mon­tree.co.uk

11. The Gujarati Thali at Veg­e­tar­ian Food Stu­dio

What an awe­some deal this is. You get a bit of ev­ery­thing to en­sure the full VFS ex­pe­ri­ence. It in­cludes the curry of the day, two starters, bas­mati rice, daal, bread, a sweet and a pop­padum.

Where: 115-117 Pe­narth Road, CF11 6JU

Visit : www.veg­e­tar­i­an­food­stu­dio. co.uk

12. Nadan Chicken Curry at Salka­ara

This is one of the newest curry houses in Cardiff and we are al­ready in love with this dish. Priced at £10.50, it con­tains co­conut milk, toma­toes and Ker­ala-style spices. Sim­ple but de­li­cious.

Where: Salka­ara, 125 Sta­tion Road, Llandaff North, CF14 2FE

Visit: www.face­book.com/salka­ara/

13. Daal at Clancy’s in Cardiff Mar­ket

Serv­ing de­li­cious daal from a stall at Cardiff Mar­ket, Clancy’s is a veg­e­tar­ian de­light.

Where: Stalls 167 and 170, Cardiff Mar­ket

Visit face­book.com/Clan­cys

14. Dhaba murgh at Pur­ple


Chicken thigh sim­mered in onion and toma­toes, fin­ished with mace and black car­damom - it’s lush and has loads of sauce cov­er­ing the suc­cu­lent chicken. Order the tho­ran (bot­tom left), we in­sist, it’s a tra­di­tional Ker­ala dish of veg­eta­bles tem­pered with mus­tard and fresh co­conut. Stun­ning.

Where: 185a Cow­bridge Road East, Can­ton, Cardiff, CF11 9AJ

Visit : pur­ple­pop­padom.com

15. Pun­jabi but­ter chicken from The Spice Quar­ter

Chicken tikka sim­mered in smooth tomato gravy, fla­vored with kas­toori method. A creamy dream.

Where: Unit 8b, 1st Floor, Brew­ery Quar­ter, Cardiff, CF10 1FG

Visit: spice­quar­ter.co.uk

16. Trinida­dian Chicken Curry at Tur­tle Bay

A taste of the Caribbean in Cardiff couldn’t be more de­li­cious with this fruity spiced curry dish. Lovely.

Where: 114-116 St Mary St, CF10 1DY

Visit : www.turtle­bay.co.uk

17. Thali from Mad­hav’s

A real bar­gain and an oh-so-tasty, freshly made veg­gie thali for less than a ten­ner. If you’re still hun­gry tuck into their potato bombs and len­til balls to. Oh yeh, and their samosas. In fact, pretty much ev­ery­thing is lush.

Where : 59 Lower Cathe­dral Road, CF11 6LW

18. The Gu­ju­rati Mixed Veg Saak at Mangla’s Spice of Life

Rel­a­tively new to the Cardiff curry scene, Mangla’s opened af­ter owner, be­came fa­mous in Can­ton for sell­ing her de­li­cious veg­gie treats at her cor­ner shop.

Now as well as the won­der­ful snacks you can snaf­fle her veg­gie cur­ries too which will def­i­nitely cover your 5-aday!

Where : 587 Cow­bridge Road East, CF5 1BE

Visit : Mangla’s Face­book page

19. Moksh’s Welsh Malai Kofta

It may have a new lo­ca­tion – just across the road – a veg­e­tar­ian dream of a curry, potato and pa­neer balls

Where: Bute Cres­cent, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5AN

Visit: www.moksh.co.uk

20. Mint & Mus­tard’s Sea Bass

The res­tau­rant’s sig­na­ture dish with fresh, pan-seared sea bass served on a bed of curry leaf infused mash and a gin­ger and co­conut sauce.

Where: 134 Whitchurch Road, CF14 3LZ

Visit : www.mintand­mus­tard.com

Welsh Malai Kofta, Moksh, Cardiff

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