Spoilt for choice
From pizza to cake and Thai to ice cream, we’ve got the definitive guide to eating out in Cardiff
YOU don’t need to look anywhere else. This is it. The definitive guide to everything you could ever want to eat in Cardiff. It’s not a list of Cardiff’s best restaurants or an article about the delicious little places you might not know about yet.
And it’s not just the best takeaways or Indian restaurants, not just the best delis or burgers.
No, this covers all bases, from when you want to splash out on the finest dining in the city to when you wake up fancying a deli breakfast, to when you want to pig out on amazing pizza.
In other words, it covers every possible scenario from Sunday morning to Saturday night.
Dive in, you won’t be sorry.
Pizza – Dough Thrower
This little pizzeria is opposite Victoria Park and has become very popular in the relatively short time it’s been open.
Order: The NYC. Pepperoni is a classic topping and the bases here are both doughy and crisp and the cheese will stretch for days on every bite.
Where: 591 Cowbridge Road East, CF5 1BE
Also try: Dusty Knuckle, Calabrisella, Anatoni’s Ffwrnes
Chinese - Riverside Chinese
Riverside Cantonese has been going strong for 40 years, making it one of the oldest restaurants in South Wales. It’s a Cardiff institution - but a couple of years ago it moved to a new spot near the Cardiff City Stadium and built a kitchen designed to allow you to see how it’s done.
Order: Crispy beef, ginger and spring onion chicke, dim sum, everything is good here so don’t fill up on the prawn crackers.
Where: Leckwith Road, Riverside, Cardiff. CF11 6HN
Also try: Crispy Duck, Happy Gathering
Sushi - Sushi Life
From nowhere, this sushi restaurant became the number one rated restaurant in Cardiff on TripAdvisor. So we went to review it.
Order: Hell in the kitchen sushi (prawn tempura, cucumber and avocado, topped with tuna, Japanese mayonnaise and sriracha sauce) and their chicken ramen is to die for.
Where: Unit 5, the Globe Centre, CF24 3PE
Also try: Yakitori #1, Ichiban
Cake - Pettigrew Tea Rooms/ Bakery
This bakery has two outlets - one in Bute Park and one opposite Victoria Park - both delicious.
Order: That brownie above - it’s salted caramel and available at the bakery. While at the tea room, try their bara brith or carrot cake.
Where: Tea Room, West Lodge, Bute Park & Arboretum, Castle Street, CF10 1BJ/ 595 Cowbridge Rd E, CF5 1BE
Also try: Penylan Pantry, Blanche Bakery, The Early Bird
Italian - Citta
Order: Seafood linguine (pescatora), the fat strings of pasta are stirred in a generous sauce with lots of mussels, squid and a chilli and tomato sauce. If the special is spetzzatino, though, have it. Slow cooked beef ragu over pasta. Delicious. n Where: 4 Church St, Cardiff CF10 1BG n Also try: I Giardini Di Sorrento, Calabrisella
Order: This place is ace and if you eat there, huddled around the stall, you feel like you’re in Blade Runner or something. The food is beautiful: Pad Thai, massaman curries, fried belly pork and Thai soups. Great little city centre gem.
Where: Cardiff Indoor Market, St Mary Street
Also try: Thai House, Bangkok Cafe
Indian - Mowgli’s
Order: The shank ghoust is melt-inthe-mouth lamb cooked with potatoes in a spicy sauce. What more could you want?
Where: 151 Crwys Rd, CF24 4NH/13 Penlline Road, Whitchurch , CF14 2AA
Also try: Cinnamon Tree, Purple Poppadom, Mint & Mustard, Chutney Roti
Vegan - Lazy Leek
Order: The Italian Job, which is an arancini burger filled with garlic mushrooms and melty ‘mozzerella.’ If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, check out their loaded fries.
Where: King’s Road Yard, Pontcanna, CF11 9DF
Also try: Milgi, Greazy Vegan, AnnaLoka
Order: Their cheese toasties are so good they made This Morning. These guys are now permanent at Sticky Fingers street food, so you can get them every Thursday to Sunday. A classic is The Glamorgan: leeks, garlic and onion in bechamel sauce with Caerphilly cheese, Dijon mustard and their special cheese blend.
Where: The Old Brewery Quarter,
Also try: Two Anchors and Goodfillas are also at the permanent site, but other pop-up traders worth following are Puckin’ Poutine and Brother Thai
Pub Grub - Lansdowne
Order: The chicken katsu curry is as good as any we’ve had at an Asian restaurant, but they also have classics like burger, pizza, pie and do a great Sunday dinner. n Where: 71 Beda Road, CF5 1LX n Also try: The Grange, The Cricketers, The Conway
Sunday Lunch - The Old Cottage
Order: There’s a three-meat roast option, so why wouldn’t you choose that? Sirloin of beef, pork and chicken with crackling and stuffing wrapped in bacon. Yes please!
Where: Cherry Orchard Road, Lisvane, CF14 0UE
Also try: Heaney’s, Potted Pig, Milgi
Mexican - Wahaca
Order: We know it’s a chain but Wahaca’s Mexican street food is great for when you want Baja tacos, burritos or even something like a Mexican ceviche. n Where: St David’s Centre n Also try: Speedy Amigos
BBQ - The Smoke House
Order: Meat. Just lots of meat. Okay, we’ll be a bit more specific. Get the Texas barbecue pulled pork and barbecue beans. Tender and delicious.
Where: 77 Pontcanna Street, CF11 9HS
Also try: Hoof
Breakfast/Brunch - The Early Bird
Order: Once you’ve got over the dazzling display of cakes and cinnamon buns at the counter, the brunch menu is lush. Green eggs and ham is drizzled with a hazelnut pesto and comprises of smoked ham and soft poached eggs. Or if you’ve got a sweet tooth have the Nutella Fitzgerald - French toast with Nutella and bananas. n Where: 38 Woodville Road, CF24
Also try: Canna Deli, Society Standard, Stag Coffee, Milk & Sugar
Fine Dining - Heaney’s
The Great British Menu finalist, Tommy Heaney has brought his talents to the capital with his newly-opened restaurant and thank God.
Order: His BBQ lamb with anchovies is divine and salted caramel dessert belongs in a glass display case (it tastes awesome too.) n Where: 6-10 Romilly Cres, CF11 9NR n Also try: Potted Pig, Bully’s, Milkwood
Ice cream - Science Cream
Order: There are new specials all the time at Science Cream, who use liquid nitrogen to instantly freeze their creamy delights. We love their ginger and treacle cake and vegan choice peanut butter and banana jam, of late. n Where: 28 Castle Arcade, CF10 1BW n Also try: 30 Desserts, Coco Gelato, Joe’s Ice Cream
Sandwiches - Wally’s
Order: Any one of their open sandwiches are awesome – the Tyrol is a soft rye bread with garlic mayo, a rocket, red pepper and black olive salad, topped with chorizo, manchego cheese and chicken breast pieces with paprika. n Where: 38-46 Royal Arcade n Also try: New York Deli, Bomber’s, Kemi’s
Seafood linguine at Cafe Citta
Red Dragon, Hell in the Kitchen and Green Dragon at Sushi Life