By Lydia Caunce
As a capital city the choices of where to go for good food in Cardiff can seem endless. So instead of having an argument over where to eat next time you’re out with friends, here are some of the best tried and tested places to go, whether you’re in town or want somewhere closer to home.
Welcoming you in with wonderfully-forced neon puns on the walls and typically edgy dimmed lighting, Pieminister is the place to be. Located on St Mary’s Street, it offers comforting, homely food in a cosy atmosphere. As i’m sure you’ll be able to guess from the name, its main speciality is pies, however it also serves skillets and ‘pimp sticks’ which are equally as mouth-wateringly tasty. With the staff being friendly, welcoming and more than happy to help you on your quest for the perfect pie (mine is the ‘Moodog’), it’s a place I’d recommend to anyone. With its reasonably priced pies and cocktails it’s somewhere I will definitely be visiting again to enjoy comfort food, alcohol and a lot of gravy.
In the heart of Cathays on Woodville Road, it would be hard to discuss the best grub in Cardiff without mentioning Irie Shack. If pies aren’t really your thing, or walking into town, then this may be the one for you! Being so accessible to most of the students in Cardiff already makes this Caribbean bar and grill a popular option among students, however there is a reason that everyone seems to be going back. Whilst at first this menu may seem slightly daunting, as not a lot of it was made up of meals I’d ever tried before, I was beyond pleasantly surprised when my friends and I went for a meal here. Whether you play it safe with a pulled chicken jerk burger, or go all out and try the one pot Caribbean channa, you will not be disappointed with what Irie Shack has to offer, and with it being so close there’s no excuse not to go!
With fairy lights setting the tone and a ‘forgive me father for I have sinned’ black wall you’re able to write on, the Hashery sets itself apart with its atmosphere alone. You definitely get more than your money’s worth with their speciality burgers – my personal favourite is the originally named the Hashery – and the great food doesn’t just stop there. A side that cannot be ignored is their ‘x-rated Mac’n’cheese’, it’s a game changer in the discussion of where you and your friends should go to eat. With live music played on specific nights, and welcoming, good-natured, friendly staff, it’s somewhere that will become a firm favourite for you and your friends to go enjoy a good catch-up and even better food. Whilst not essential, it is important to note that the Hashery offers cocktails on two for one all day everyday, so they’re not only delicious but you will also certainly get your money’s worth. Heading on down to High Street will be more than worth your while to experience the Hashery at least once whilst you’re living in, or visiting, Cardiff.
It’s always great to try new places, especially if you’re living in a new city. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut of going to the same places, but be a bit reckless and try somewhere new for a change! With grub like this at your doorstep it’d be ridiculous not to try it.