These are officially the top 10 places to eat in Cardiff
Treat yo self to some of this insane food
BBC Good Food have revealed their top 10 places to eat in Cardiff, with student favourites Early Bird and Anna Loka amongst their list of must-visit venues and local hotspots for a tasty gourmet experience. So here's our rundown of the top 10 places you need to try ASAP.
Situated in Pontcanna, Heaneys has a daily-rotating menu created by the Great British Menu finalist Tommy Heaney. The inventive menu features dishes such as sourdough and duck ham slices, cured sea bass and horseradish sorbet and even Earl Grey custard in one desert. It was opened in October 2018 and offers a 'casual yet refined dining experience in a contemporary urban space.'
Found in a covered outdoor courtyard at the Printhaus, Dusty Knuckle specialises in Neapolitan-style pizzas from their wood-fired oven. Amongst the seasonally inspired pizzas, they offer a selection of craft beers, cider and wine in a casual street-food setting. The founders put emphasis on the 'provenance, quality and sustainability of ingredients', championing the 'slow food' movement.
The Potted Pig
Housed in an old bank vault beneath Cardiff, this restaurant and gin lounge boasts seasonal menus alongside a vast and unique gin menu. Influenced by a passion for modern British food, the Potted Pig also serves whole suckling pigs and meat tasting platters. Their strong relationships with local suppliers has enabled them to provide quality ingredients and the finest seasonal produce.
The Early Bird
This rustic cafe and bakery on Woodville Road in Cathays is a popular brunch spot offering speciality homemade doughnuts, pastries and freshly baked sourdough. Their brunch menu boasts a wide range of dishes including poached eggs, steamed spinach, smoked ham and pistachio pesto drizzled on a soft brioche bun, as well as an array of high-quality veggie and vegan options.
Restaurant James Sommerin
Found in Penarth, four miles outside of Cardiff, this Michelin Star restaurant offers views of the Severn Estuary through its glass frontage. The dishes include Welsh Lamb, Crab and Monkfish as well as an impressive wine list boasting biodynamic and organic options.
Created by Adam El Tagoury, a former Hare Krishna monk, Cardiff's first 100 per cent vegan enterprise can be found on Albany Road. Their menu offers cooked breakfasts, whole-food bowls and wraps as well as speciality burgers made from seitan (wheat gluten). It offers a relaxed and friendly environment and was also listed as one of HELLO! magazine's best vegetarian restaurants in the UK in 2017.
Found in Cardiff's foodie-central zone of Whitchurch Road, Got Beef has been voted as the second best burger joint in Wales by Wales Online. After spending four years in a catering bus, it's founder Cai Pritchard has perfected the art of burger craft. It's menu includes a Breaking Bad tribute 'Heisen Burger' comprising of a Welsh Black beef burger with blue cheese, crispy bacon & blue drunken onions.
Praised as one of the best fine dining restaurants in Wales, this restaurant is situated in Her Majesty’s Prison, Knox Road, Cardiff. As part of The Clink charity's prisoner rehabilitation initiatives, it features prisoners cooking and serving the food as part of working towards their City & Guilds NVQs in Food Preparation, Food Service and Customer Service. It's menu offers riffs on classic dishes made with seasonally appropriate ingredients, many grown on the Prescoed prison farm.
Run by a family of dedicated caterers, this Cardiff Bay independent coffee house boasts a 'warm welcome, fresh food, fair-trade coffee and delicious cake.' They serve afternoon tea as well as a menu including the Hog and Hen (sausage, egg and bacon baguette) and Malteser cupcakes. They have received an array of awards including regional winner in The Food Awards for Cardiff in 2016.
Situated on City Road in Roath, Milgi offers eclectic decoration, well-proportioned cocktails and flavour-stacked, internationally-inspired, vegetarian plant-based street food. Their focus is on everyday eating and creating dishes that are satisfying and flavour rich, with a passion for natural food. The menu offers dishes such as beetroot burgers, detox whole-food bowls and vanilla cashew creme brûlées.
So, treat yourself to some of Cardiff's best food. Whether it beats Fam Fish is another question.