The Must Try Restaurants In Cardiff, Wales

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James Norman

Eating out in Cardiff is an experience that combines countless cultures and culinary styles. A hub for contemporary art and a lively student city, the capital of Wales is home to traditional Welsh food, international fusion cuisines and stunning, designer décors. We explore ten of the best restaurants in Cardiff, from charming tearooms to unforgettable Michelin venues.

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Chapter

Chapter Arts Centr

An artistic space that acts as one of Cardiff’s hubs of international culture, the Chapter arts theatre and restaurant offers a feast for all of the senses. For over 40 years, Chapter has been a core venue for the beating heart of Cardiff’s cultural scene, showcasing the best of local and international art works, performances and film. The venue is a great option for tasty brunches and baguettes as well as fresh salads, inspired pastas and prime meat burger options. There is also a selection of pizzas that change on a weekly basis. Chapter uses locally sourced ingredients, and prepares a vast array of vegetarian and vegan alternatives. The restaurant was commended for being one of Wales’ best ‘Cheap Eats’ options in the Observer Food 2013, and has been chosen by PETA as one of the Top Five Vegan-Friendly Cultural Venues in the UK.

Chapel 1877

Located in central Cardiff, Chapel 1877 pays homage to its past, magically combining the medieval chapel built in 1877 with modern artistic touches and contemporary dining. A unique dining experience, visitors can expect sophisticated surroundings based on French-Italian themed designs courtesy of 1800s architect Henry C Harris. Welsh-style dishes on the menu include mouth-watering pork belly, Roast Middlewood Farm Breconshire venison loin, and succulent Pembrokeshire spatchcock poussin. Diners can follow with delicious desserts including tasty tarts and sweet sorbets, before heading to the bar for after-dinner drinks.

Purple Poppadom

Indian cuisine is very popular throughout the UK, and the Purple Poppadom is one of the finest examples of gourmet Indian/Welsh fusion cuisine in Cardiff. The restaurant offers nouvelle Indian cooking courtesy of Chef Anand George, and repeatedly receives rave reviews and awards for its sublime cuisine. Offering seasonal dishes, the restaurant’s ‘A Winter’s Tale’ menu features a selection of options including delicious duck pidi with tharavel, luscious lamb petit tour, flavoursome ffesant chou fleur, and the Keralan-influenced sospan o wyau, among others. Purple Poppadom was awarded the Welsh Curry House of the Year accolade in 2012. It has been described as ‘fresh and vibrant’ by the Mail on Sunday’s Tom Parker Bowles, who praises the restaurant’s use of ‘excellent Welsh seafood’ and features in the Michelin Guide 2014.

Waterloo Gardens Teahouse

strive to provide a relaxing, high quality venue. Stocking a large selection of teas, tea connoisseurs will find this teahouse irresistible. For those slightly less passionate about tea drinking, there are also notable coffee options available. The teahouse has also gained a positive reputation for serving food and drinks suitable for those with special dietary requirements. The cakes on offer are numerous, and wow-inducing. Local baker Jackie supplies the teahouse with a daily selection of delicious gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan cakes consisting of vibrant, mouthwatering flavours. Diners can enjoy exotic combos such as the eye-popping chocolate orange and chili cake. The teahouse also serves light breakfast and lunch options and hosts regular gallery exhibitions showcasing the work of up-and-coming artists.

The Potted Pig

The Potted Pig, Cardiff

This curiously named, award-winning restaurant is housed within a former bank vault under the city and specialises in contemporary British, continental European and North American cuisine. The Potted Pig has rapidly earned itself the label of being one of the best restaurants in Cardiff. In the smouldering surroundings of the bare walled interior, guests will enjoy a selection of juicy meat dishes with strong flavours. The menu changes on a regular basis, with a passion for cooking and eating remaining throughout each refresh. The kitchen team use local, seasonal ingredients where possible. The Potted Pig also supplies a tempting selection of beers, wines and spirits, with the gin collection being a notable standout, from fruity to spicy, or floral to crisp, best served with a choice of tonics. The restaurant is perfectly situated in the Castle Quarter, which encompasses the enchanting Cardiff Castle, and the expansive, tranquil Bute Park and some of the city’s top boutique hotels. The Potted Pig is also within walking distance of the Millennium Stadium, an Olympic football venue.

Park House, Burges Restaurant

This luxurious restaurant is housed within the historical surroundings of the elegant Park House, a property built by the Marquess of Bute in 1874, who also commissioned the docks that helped transform Cardiff into the world’s largest coal port. Named after the famous artist and architect William Burges, the restaurant itself features a selection of seasonal menus with separate tasting and cheese menus also available. Head Chef Jonathan Edwards and his team use the finest of Welsh and British ingredients to prepare gourmet cuisine. On Friday and Saturday evenings, guests can enjoy a relaxing vocalist and pianist to accompany their relaxing meals. The venue is also home to an art gallery and hosts a vast wine collection, alongside stunning lounge bar rooms within the building, where the party continues on after dinner.

Laguna Kitchen & Bar

This luxurious restaurant is housed within the historical surroundings of the elegant Park House, a property built by the Marquess of Bute in 1874, who also commissioned the docks that helped transform Cardiff into the world’s largest coal port. Named after the famous artist and architect William Burges, the restaurant itself features a selection of seasonal menus with separate tasting and cheese menus also available. Head Chef Jonathan Edwards and his team use the finest of Welsh and British ingredients to prepare gourmet cuisine. On Friday and Saturday evenings, guests can enjoy a relaxing vocalist and pianist to accompany their relaxing meals. The venue is also home to an art gallery and hosts a vast wine collection, alongside stunning lounge bar rooms within the building, where the party continues on after dinner.

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