It’s been a great year for eating and drinking in Cardiff. I’ve pulled together a few blog posts highlighting the places I’ve enjoyed in or around the city this year – and they’re all independents or small chains.
Up first, my favourite meal of the day, brunch. Always accompanied by my favourite drink; black coffee. Winning.
Hands-down best brunch of 2017 was the hulk-smash at The Early Bird in Cathays. Avo toast with a poached egg and plenty of smoked chipotle sauce – this is a meal we regularly recreate at home now.
The pastries at Brød in Pontcanna/Canton are to die for and their coffee is strong and smooth. A perfect combination. You’ll be spoiled for choice, but my favourite is the snegl with custard or the overskårne (custard slice).
Brød is great with kids too, they have plenty of kid-friendly options. When we were there last the sweet waiter came over with a basket of toys to keep my toddler entertained so we could inhale our food in peace. Bliss.
We’ve had a couple of great brunches at Porro this year, but my stand-out was the veggie breakfast calzone. Warning – you won’t need to eat for the rest of the day.
Porro also does great lunches and evening meals at its sites in Llandaff and Wellfield Road.
Coffi Co’s original site near the Norwegian Church in Cardiff Bay was always a favourite of mine, but their new branch on the pier at Mermaid Quay (formerly Bosporus Turkish restaurant) is even better!
Have a coconut chai latte if you need warming up. Drinking one of these is probably the only thing that will steer me away from my regular black coffee. High praise indeed.
Top row (L-R); The best margaritas in Cardiff* at Wahaca / mouthwatering halloumi ‘fries’** at the Brass Beetle on Whitchurch Road / Stunning autumnal runs along the Taff
Middle row; We travelled around Cardiff and the Vale hunting down the 43 snowdogs and during November we ticked the last few off our list! This was our final one – Chocolate Sundae at Penarth Pier. If you didn’t manage to catch all of the snowdogs, they’re on display in the Capitol Centre from this weekend (8-10 December). Details here.
Bottom row; Getting our hygge on with a delicious brunch at Brød bakery. Their coffee is AMAZING.
Amazing vegan burger at the Grazing Shed / the best sushi in Cardiff at Sushi Life / breakfast calzone at Porro, Wellfield Road / People watching from Benugo Cafe at John Lewis / another amazing brunch at Porro, this time Eggs Royale at their Llandaff branch / getting pampered at Enerchi in Radyr / loving Coffi in Cardiff Bay / running the Cardiff 5k in Whitchurch / lazy pigs at Cefn Mably Farm / amazing breakfast from Brod in Pontcanna.
I realise I am extremely late to the party on this one! Brød, the Danish bakery, opened in Pontcanna/Canton a year ago and people were queuing out the door to try their wares. We talked about going but for one reason or another never went.
Depending on the route I take to work, I often pass Brød and on Friday thought I’d pop in to buy some pastries for the office.
I was amazed at how big the place is inside, there’s room for a good few tables, they do breakfast and lunch as well as the array of baked goods on offer.
I was offered a selection box of five pastries for £10, I could either pick the ones I wanted or they would give me a mixture, so I opted to let the lady choose for me. I thought £10 seemed a bit steep for five pastries but these were not your bog-standard croissants!
I have no idea what they were called but most of the pastries seemed to be a take on Kanel Snegl (cinnamon bun) The one I went for was a huge cinnamon swirl with custard in the middle and drizzled with chocolate. It was the nicest pastry I’ve eaten in Cardiff.
My colleagues raved about them too, the box was empty by 9.30am!
I’m already planning a trip back for lunch. Yum.
I paid in full for my box of pastries from Brød, and the bakery was not aware that I’d be blogging about them.