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Hello all,

So long as a few little hitches go well, I will be South Wales based (4 days a week) for the better part of the next 9 months. Judging by the meal I had today at a Wetherspoons in Newport, I need some pointers. What can I expect to find in Cardiff and what is particularly excellent? For once I can say that budget is not a significant factor, but I obviously prefer my usual things ("ethnic" eats to use a silly term.)

I think most of the regulars on here know what I like, but in short

- Regional Chinese
- South Asian
- West African, especially Senegalese and Ivorian food.

Out of the above, I -need- serviceable Indian/Pakistani/Bangladeshi/Nepali/Anything South Asian food otherwise I will start having intense withdrawal symptoms, tremors, night sweats, etc.

Otherwise in this case I am surprisingly game for new British cuisine and all that jazz.

Thanks,

Justin

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  1. Though my post on Cardiff and environs is a bit old, check it out and see if it helps:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/559983

    Most places don't change that much, but do some research on these to make sure they are still around and are still good.

    1. The Good Food Guide I have (a few years old) mentions two places that sound up your alley (or street) ... I guess you'd have to research a bit or just try them for yourself.

      One is Mint and Mimosa where the chef is or was from Kerala and worked in many Mumbai hotel kitchens. Another is called Patagonia and is described as 'South America meets South Wales.'

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      1. re: zuriga1

        Hardens also adds the Vegetarian Food Studio. Apparently well priced, decent quality Gujarati veggie dishes.

        The city has a very long standing Yemeni community - dating back to the 19th century - but I've no idea if there is any associated restaurant culture.

      2. The restaurant that zuriga1 refers to as 'Mint and Mimosa' is actually called 'Mint and Mustard'. However, the chef he refers to who opened Mint and Mustard, Anand George, is no longer associated with it. He does however have a restaurant called Purple Poppadom which is in the Canton area of Cardiff and is well worth a visit. Mint and Mustard is still worth checking out. Another similar 'higher end Indian' option is Moksh in Cardiff Bay. Purple Poppadom is my favourite of the three.

        The other restaurant zuriga1 refers to, Patagonia, closed several years ago as did Le Gallois whcih is in the old link referred to by rrems. The Walnut Tree also mentioned is in Abergavenny rather than Cardiff but well worth a visit as is Stephen Terry's pub The Hardwick in the same area.

        Have not personally been to Vegetarian Food Studio that Harters mentions, but my wife has and likes it a lot. Other options worth considering are Bangkok Cafe in Canton for Thai and Mr G's Soul Kitchen in The Bay for Jamaican goat curry and jerk kitchen. There's a Malaysian restaurant in Cathays called Cafe Malaysia that I've heard good things about but not been to.

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        1. re: Corncob

          Certainly echo the recc for both the Walnut Tree and the Hardwick . Either, or both, would be worth the trip. Heck, we made the trip from Cheshire to eat at them.

          1. re: Corncob

            I need a new copy of the Good Food Guide!

            1. re: zuriga1

              GFG currently lists the following for the city and the immediate surroundings:

              Bully's, Cardiff
              ffresh, Cardiff
              Mint & Mustard, Cardfiff
              Oscars, Cardiff
              Potted Pig, Cardiff
              Woods Brasserie, Cardiff
              Conway, Pontcanna
              White House, St Fagans
              Kings Arms, Pentyrch