2017 Cardiff foodie highlights – breakfast/brunch/coffee

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.

Early Bird

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.

Yum.

Brød

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.

Porro

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

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.

Next up in my list of 2017 highlights…..lunch.

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Breakfast at Porro, Wellfield Road

I remember the first time I had pizza for breakfast. It was in Disney World, Florida. The thought of eating pizza! For breakfast! So decadent. Also on the breakfast menu that day was ice cream and M&Ms, which gives you an idea of the audience they were catering to. 

I’ve eaten pizza for breakfast since then, of course. Cold pizza that’s been curling in the box overnight probably isn’t the best hangover cure but it certainly saw me through a few Sunday mornings in my twenties. 

It’s never been something I really wanted to eat for breakfast though. Until now. Now I’ve tried the breakfast calzone at Porro, Wellfield Road. It’s opened up a whole new world of dough and cheese before midday. 

Americano at Porro, Wellfield Road, Cardiff
 

We both started with a very good strong Americano, and I ordered the vegetarian calzone (£6.95) with extra avocado, because who doesn’t love avo on their breakfast these days?! 

Breakfast calzone at Porro, Wellfield Road

G had eggs royale, with smoked salmon instead of the usual eggs benedict ham, (£6.95) and ordered extra avocado too.

Eggs Royale at Porro, Cardiff
The calzone was epic, absolutely huge and chock full of spinach, mozzarella, tomatoes and leeks. They also do a meaty version with Italian sausage. 

It was huge, but so delicious that I cleared my plate completely.


I really enjoyed having something a bit different for breakfast. G said his more traditional brunch dish of eggs royale was lovely too, and no sign of that cloying rubbery hollandaise you get in some places. 

Porro is well worth a visit.

We were invited for a free breakfast at Porro, in exchange for an honest review. 

www.porrocardiff.com 

If breakfast is your favourite meal of the day as well, you might also enjoy my other reviews here and here

Sunday lunch at The Pickled Radish, Llandaff 

I’ve written before about how much I love The Pickled Radish in Llandaff. Yesterday we tried out the Sunday lunch menu for Fathers Day and it was yum!


Buttered asparagus with poached egg, ham and hollandaise sauce to start.


A MASSIVE plate of Roast lamb for main. With a Yorkshire pudding! Lush. The other Sunday lunch options were pork, salmon and gnocchi for the vegetarians. Something for everyone.

I also had a good Eton Mess for dessert, which of course I gobbled down too quickly for a picture. 

It was good value – £20 for two courses, £22 for three. For kids it was half the price and half the portion sizes. It was fairly kid-friendly as they gave us a high chair for baby F and sorted J a bowl of ice cream for dessert, although the ice cream was sprinkled with lemon balm and lavender – if you have kids you’ll know that this was a disaster. But a quick scrape and the ice cream was up to the 5-year-olds standard. 

We paid in full for our meals at The Pickled Radish

The Pickled Radish, Llandaff

Earlier this week I had the most delicious dinner at The Pickled Radish in Llandaff. 

If you read my last post, you’ll know that I went there for lunch last week and had an amazing Welsh rarebit mac and cheese.  A couple of friends and I already had a table booked for this week and after seeing the menu last week I was so excited to return. 

This time we started off with a plate of olives before ordering the lobster pie (£17.50) for my main. If I’m honest I spied this last time and knew I’d order it before I even looked at the menu. Lobster, haddock and salmon in a creamy sauce, topped with truffle puff pastry and accompanied by a cheesy mash – it was as delicious as it sounds.

Delicious lobster pie at The Pickled Radish, Llandaff

My friends both ordered the burger which they said was really tasty too. I don’t think there was a crumb left on our plates. Although they weren’t served on plates, they were served on wooden boards. Jay Rayner would be horrified. 

For dessert we all went for the maple glazed popcorn brownie with salted caramel dressing (£7.25). It was lush. Decadent and gooey and the presentation was fab, (almost) too good to eat.  It was topped with what looked like micro salad leaves, but the waitress told us it was ‘lemon balm’, a refreshing lemon-flavour herb. Yum.
 

Decadent chocolate popcorn brownie at The Pickled Radish, Cardiff
 

I’ve really enjoyed the food, service and atmosphere both times I’ve been to The Pickled Radish now. I’m already planning my next visit.

We paid in full for our meals at The Pickled Radish and the restaurant wasn’t told I’d be blogging about them.