Spoilt for choice

From pizza to cake and Thai to ice cream, we’ve got the de­fin­i­tive guide to eat­ing out in Cardiff

South Wales Echo - - Life Style -

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,

CF10 1FG

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

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