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Not so long ago, if you asked someone to describe Welsh food, they’d probably have pulled a face and made a joke about Welsh rarebit or bara brith. But the food of Wales, and in particular Cardiff, is on the up. Here, blogger Jane Cook of hungrycityhippy.co.uk shares her favourite places to eat in the Welsh capital.
Best café in Cardiff
My Saturday morning ritual is an Americano and a fruity Chelsea bun (£1) from the charming Pettigrew Bakeries in Canton. It’s just a stone’s throw from my house, and the quaint shop front wouldn’t look out of place on a Victorian Christmas card. The shop front is so incredibly quaint. They also have a traditional tearoom in the city centre that overlooks Bute Park.
Best restaurant in Cardiff
I recently discovered La Cuina, a small Catalan deli and restaurant. From the pavement it looks so inviting, like someone has packed out their living room for an intimate supper club! The menu is full of tender, slow-cooked meat dishes; I tried the slow cooked rabbit served with padrón peppers, saffron rice, and a Riesling reduction – it was delicious.
Best street food in Cardiff
The DEPOT is Cardiff’s temple to street food. It’s a 24,000 square foot warehouse that plays host to a rotation of traders. Look out for appearances by Slow Pig and their renovated Citroen van; they cook up tantalising dishes using meat from a free-range herd of Mangalitza pigs which they raise in west Wales. You’ll need to check the Depot’s social media feeds for the line-up each week.
Best brunch in Cardiff
For special occasions I love a boozy brunch, and Grey, a new restaurant at the city centre Hilton hotel, fits the bill. At the weekend, they offer a £25 menu that includes two courses served with bottomless Prosecco.