Boasting three locations in Cardiff, Taunton and Penarth, Mint and Mustard puts a modern spin on classic South Indian dishes. Highly coveted by media outlets including the Michelin Guide, the team of chefs strive to use natural ingredients with no colourings or additives. In addition to an authentic dining experience, the restaurant also share their secrets through fun and interactive cooking classes for all levels, so budding chefs can recreate the magic at home in their own kitchen. Catering is available for weddings, corporate events parties and functions, and for the ultimate shindig, the entire restaurant can be hired with flexible menus to meet different budgets.
Spice Quarter can be found in Cardiff's Brewery Quarter, where customers will dine in a contemporary setting, complete with stylish wooden lattices and decorative lampshades. The team of chefs have been headhunted from an array of five star hotels in Delhi and Bombay, with each member bringing a different cooking style and taste from their respective Indian regions. The menu boasts traditional dishes, as well as a smattering of modern takes on favourites, which can be also enjoyed in the comfort of homes, courtesy of the restaurant's delivery service.
Mocka Lounge can be found a short walk from Cardiff Central rail station. It's a venue with two very different agendas: by day, guests can chill and have a coffee or a range of teas plus various light bites and heartier meals. In the evening, the lounge turns into another beast, with DJs blaring tunes and mixologists serving a range of delectable cocktails, and revellers can enjoy themselves into the wee hours in the downstairs club.
Jolyon’s at No.10 is a boutique hotel and restaurant located on Cardiff’s Cathedral Road. Guest accommodation features unique furnishings and quirky detailing, while the restaurant is plush and intimate with a varied menu. Produce is organic and locally-sourced, complemented by a wine menu. The venue also hosts events and conferences, with capacity for up to 100 guests in a suite which boasts views of Bute Park.
Pearl of the Orient has served pan-Asian meals for over a decade at Cardiff Bay’s Mermaid Quay, with the kitchen preparing authentic Cantonese, Malaysian, Peking and Szechuan dishes for lunch and dinner. The eatery features calming artwork upon the walls and dark timber furnishings, and a takeaway service is provided for quiet nights in, plus catering is available for weddings, parties and other events.
We Love Italy have a passion for Italian cuisine, and they enjoy nothing more than sharing it with their customers. Boasting over 15 years in the industry, their carefully designed menu features authentic dishes including the likes of homemade gnocchi; piadina romagnola – the original Italian wrap with extra virgin olive oil and no animal additives; pizza for all tastes; and of course, pasta.
Cardiff has hundreds of tempting places to dine, from the centre to Mermaid Quay, and from Pontcanna to Roath. Whatever your tastes or budget, you can find restaurants to suit all tastes. There are little family-run cafes and restaurants, al-fresco waterside fish and chips, carveries serving fresh Welsh lamb and higher-end dining. Brewery's Quarter is lively at night and popular with the younger generation, who enjoy dining in international chains, such as the Hard Rock Café, while vegetarians will find their tastes catered for at Crumbs in Morgan Arcade.
Restaurants in Cardiff Serving Roasts with Local Lamb and Other Cuts
Sunday roasts can be enjoyed any day of the week in Cardiff restaurants. The Bayside Brasserie serves up delicious local lamb, sirloins of beef and other roasts in its chic waterfront setting. The Meating Place is a contemporary grill house, with excellent value set roast meals based on lamb, steak, pork belly and beef. Its local delicacy, Bara Brith Ice-Cream is to be recommended. The menu can be found on their website. Somewhere different to enjoy good local meats is at ffresh Bar and Restaurant in the Cardiff Millennium Centre. Recommended in the 2015 Michelin Guide, this restaurant enjoys fantastic views of Cardiff Bay and when you've finished eating, why not take in a show?
International Restaurants in Cardiff
Indian and Italian dining offers great options for dining with your family or groups of friends. Giovanni's has two locations in Cardiff and knows how to cook pasta to perfection. They also serve up stunning seafood in traditional Italian style. All budgets are catered for with set course lunches and a-la-carte dining in the evening. Look for details online. Mowgli's holds a well-deserved top spot among Cardiff's Indian restaurants. Its evening five-course set menus are excellent value, with traditional tastes, such as Chicken Kofta Jalfrezi, Lamb Xacutti Ghoust and Chicken Amm.
Cardiff Restaurants Perfect for Those Special Occasions
The fish at the tiny restaurant, Fish at 85, is so good they supply it to the Royal Household and top restaurants across the UK. Choose your own fish on arrival, say how you'd like it cooked, then sit back and wait for it to arrive at your table. Particularly recommended are the lemon sole, the scallops and the crab. If you're not sure what to choose, then opt for one of the chef's specials, such as gunard with curried mussels and samphire, or see what else is on offer online. Higher-end Indian dining can be found at the Purple Poppadom, where chef Anand George entertains his guests. His Cantonese cuisine is delicately spiced, based on fresh, local ingredients and attractively served. Full menus can be seen on their website, including Anand's award-winning dish of sea bass, pan seared and served on curry leaf mashed potato, with raw mango, coconut and ginger sauce and petite naan breads.
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