Eating out need not be expensive, especially when there are so many places to try in Cardiff.
Our City Editor for Cardiff and local blogger, Amy Pay, has picked out some of the best places in the capital to get box-ticking food at low prices.
Amazingly, one of the best burger joints in Wales is extremely kind to your wallet. Got Beef’s patties are made of 6oz Welsh black beef, topped with mouth-watering extras then served in a toasted brioche bun. The Heisenburger (a patty plus blue drunken onions, crispy bacon and strong blue cheese) and the Soprano (a patty plus crispy bacon, chorizo, Monterey Jack and jalapeno mayo) are both sure winners costing under £8.
83 Whitchurch Road CF14 3JP More info
New York Deli
Something of a must-visit for newcomers to the city, New York Deli is so good it rivals its American forebears. The small café boasts humungous sandwiches stuffed with stateside favourites (gherkins, pastrami, Swiss cheese and everything in between), hoagies (soft sub rolls as long as your forearm filled with mince, the house chilli sauce and stacks of other ingredients) plus more besides. It’s really affordable and the portions are mahoosive.
20 High Street Arcade CF10 1BB More info
Vegetarian Food Studio
This place is a proper curry house that serves top quality food for tiny prices, all of which is vegetarian. The thali is a mere £6.65, and you get two starters, the curry of the day, plain rice, dahl, three breads, a poppadom, side salad and a sweet dish. Amazing value and equally good food.
115-117 Penarth Road CF11 6JU More info
As the name suggests, this place specialises in fresh wraps. They’re not measly-sized ones with wilting lettuce and bland flavours; the thick Lebanese Khobez bread, low in salt and saturated fat, is packed full of your choice of fillings, from high-end meats and exotic cheeses to sundried tomatoes and crumbly falafel. You can get a drink, wrap and snack for under a fiver.
Unit 3, Barrack Lane CF10 2FR | Cardiff University Students Union, Park Place CF10 3QN | Unit 1, Quayside, Mermaid Quay CF10 5AB More info
For a special occasion on a low budget, book a table in advance at this lovely traditional Italian restaurant. All of the food tastes like it was cooked by a caring mother in the Mediterranean who knows her bruschetta from her panzanella. The staff are very accommodating and the wood-oven pizza is the best in Cardiff. Mains start at around £6.
4 Church Street CF10 1BG More info
This place serves all of the well-loved British lunchtime staples (jackets, baguettes, burgers, paninis and chips) along with hot specials such as carbonara and cajun chicken. Now over 50 years old, Servini’s has earned its place on the map of quick, tasty and affordable Cardiff lunches.
6 -10 Wyndham Arcade CF10 1FJ More info
Cardiff Central Market
In one building, you have a complete array of foodie choices that won’t empty your purse. For hot eat-in food, there are various cafés selling fry ups, jackets and the like for very little (upstairs at the Bull Terrier café you can get breakfast and a hot drink for £3.50). For take-outs, there are lots of stalls selling hot pies, pasties and international foods, plus salad options, veggie and vegan food and arguably the best Welsh cakes in the city centre (Bakestones).
St Mary’s Street CFF10 1AU More info
Another of Cardiff’s Asian eateries, Katiwok centres around kati rolls, an Indian street food consisting of a paratha wrap encasing pan-Asian curried fillings. Sat amongst the neon furnishings, you can also choose from noodle dishes, rice bowls and Asian pizzas (an experience). Two courses and a drink start at £9.49.
53 Crwys Road, Cathays CF24 4ND More info
We Love Italy
This new Italian fast food café sits on the corner of Royal Arcade (the end nearest the station). They have a relatively small menu that offers polenta, pizza, gnocchi, pasta, piadina (Italian wraps), crepes and cakes. At least 90% of the dishes are under £7 and service is speedy.
1-3 Royal Arcade CF10 1AE More info
As Cardiff’s newest all-you-can-eat, Fed has made a big mark in the capital. The world cuisine covers Chinese, Italian, Indian, Japanese, Tex-Mex, Grill and salads plus desserts. As well as rows of silver buffet platters and pots to help yourself to, there are cooking stations where chefs will prepare you a dish to order in front of your eyes in minutes. Prices start at £8.95.
Mary Ann Street CF10 2EN (next to Cineworld and opposite Motorpoint Arena) More info
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