Today we’re kicking off a new series of Eating Out posts on Foodies100, and inviting one of the UK’s best food bloggers to best places to eat out in Cardiff.
So we’ll hand over to the lovely Kacie Morgan of The Rare Welsh Bit who’ll be sharing with us five of her favourite eateries. For more recommendations, along with amazing foodie content, check out Kacie’s Instagram and Twitter.
My Five Favourite Places to Eat in Cardiff
Set in Mermaid Quay, Moksh serves Indian fine dining cuisine with a modern, innovative twist and a nod to fresh Welsh produce, Moksh is headed up by Mumbai-born multi award-winning chef, Stephen Gomes. Together, Stephen and his team (who recently won two AA Rosette Awards for Culinary Excellence) experiment with molecular gastronomy to concoct deliciously distinctive dishes that would put the likes of Heston Blumenthal to shame.
This isn’t the kind of curry house you’d stumble into late on a Friday night, craving a greasy chicken tikka massala with half-rice, half-chips and a pint of lager. Instead, go with an open mind and let Moksh take you on a culinary journey to stimulate all of your senses.
Some of the most imaginative dishes on the menu include 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (pan-fried sea bass in spicy water broth with Bombay potato wedges and laverbread mug cake), Willy Wonka and the Spice Factory (lamb chops with chilli chocolate candy floss, tandoori king prawn with curaçao moilee and white chocolate chilli foam, chocolate and orange chicken tikka and pork Ferrero Rocher with jaffa cake ice cream) and Frankenstein (salmon tikka, beetroot balls, Bloody Mary curry splash and tomato chilli basmati risotto).
Dusty Knuckle Pizza
Recently named one of the UK’s top 10 pizzerias by The Guardian, it’s hard to believe Dusty Knuckle Pizza began life as a pop-up pizza restaurant less than two years ago.
In April last year, the pop-up became a permanent fixture at Crafty Devil Brewing Co’s Cellar Shop and Bar on Llandaff Road, Canton, Cardiff in April. Within just six weeks, however, popular demand led it to relocate to bigger premises just a few doors down, at the PrintHaus arts collective.
The pizzeria is now located in an eclectic urban courtyard equipped with upcycled furniture, undercover dining space and an edible herb garden, with the centrepiece taking the form of a homemade wood-fired pizza oven built by owners, Phill Lewis and Deb Noyes.
With fresh, light-as-a-cloud bases, the pizzas are laden with locally sourced ingredients like Penclawdd cockles and laverbread, and pepperoni from Charcutier Ltd. Once you’ve polished off the perfect pizza, wash it down with a chilled craft beer from Crafty Devil Brewing Co’s collection.
Enjoy a dining experience a little less ordinary at The Clink – a fine dining venue based at HMP Cardiff. Located just outside the prison walls, the restaurant is staffed by category D prisoners from HMP Prescoed, who each spend 40 hours per week preparing, cooking and serving food at the 96-cover restaurant.
The charity that runs the restaurant (also known as The Clink) says that providing prisoners with skills in food preparation, cookery and hospitality helps to reduce re-offending rates amongst those who leave prison.
The menu consists of fresh, seasonal dishes made using local ingredients, many of which are grown at HMP Prescoed. Starters include the likes of crab ravioli in a bisque reduction, and guinea fowl and ham hock ballotine, while chicken, meat and veg main courses include roast chicken with sweet potato rosti, striploin of beef and braised shin, pan-fried sea trout, and stuffed courgette flowers.
Nestled in a cosy corner in one of Cardiff’s oldest Victorian arcades, Castle Arcade, Madame Fromage is a traditional French delicatessen/café serving mouth-watering meals, snacks and hot and cold drinks.
Honest and simple, the menu focuses on popular French classics like baked Camembert, baked raclette, savoury tartlettes, croque monsieur, pâte, and super-sized cheese and meat platters. For dessert, take your pick from an irresistible array of homemade cakes and bakes from the display cabinet.
Don’t leave empty-handed – be sure to pick up some quality French cheese from the deli counter to enjoy with some crackers and wine when you get home. It’d be rude not to; Madame Fromage is pretty much the official hub of Cardiff’s cheese culture, after all!
Independently owned and run by entrepreneur, Martin Morris and his family, Laguna Kitchen and Bar is based on the ground floor of Cardiff’s Park Plaza Hotel.
Despite being set within a hotel, Laguna exudes the character, charm and class common to only the highest calibre of fine dining restaurants; not to mention that Head Chef, Justin Llewellyn has cooked for the Queen.
Drool-inducing dishes are brimming with fresh, locally sourced ingredients like Pant Ysgawn goat’s cheese, Swansea cockles, Severn-and-Wye smoked salmon and Usk Valley pork loin, alongside some selected imports. From steak and chips and slow-cooked pork belly, to Welsh lamb shank, seared tuna and coconut veg curry, there’s something to suit all palates.