Cardiff’s most instagrammable plates
An ongoing series of where is ‘Instagood’ in the city
Cardiff’s burgeoning dining scene has brought with a collective of snap happy foodies, looking for the perfect plate of curated colorfulness for their Instagram feed. Is a venue even worth gracing these days if the menu isn’t utterly Instagrammable darlings? Luckily for the folk of this fair city I have taken it upon myself to eat my way around Cardiff to seek the tastiest and prettiest dishes around, so you can be confident your future dining choices will be totally ‘gram worthy’.
Stylish Park Plaza Cardiff is home to the uber cool Laguna bar and Kitchen, serving up fantastic food and sumptuous afternoon teas. Why not enjoy a cheeky glass of wine outside on their peaceful private terrace before you feast on deliciously ‘Instagrammable’ dishes, it’s like a little sanctuary in the heart of the city.
Cardiff meets Italia in this classy little joint in the heart of the city. Serving a range of Italian inspired dishes and tempting treats throughout the day and night, you can gorge yourself on lovely little pastries and a selection of the finest prosecco at Nine Yards. These guys understand that fizz is best served with a side of sweetness.
Porro has two rather swish venues, situated in Roath and Llandaff and both serve up modern British food, inspired by Italian cooking. This inevitable means their menu includes some impressive and pretty plates of food using locally sourced products from as many independent and local suppliers as possible.
The former Chapel on Churchill Way has been lavishly restored to its former gothic glory and is now serves as an opulent fine dining experience in a stunning setting it’s all gloriously high ceilings, beautifully restored ornate features here. Make sure you dine in one of the cosy booths in their à la carte restaurant on the first floor.
This traditional pub has had a hipster makeover of late and is now In an age where the traditional pub is dying, it’s always reassuring to come across a venue that is doing well in spite of it all. Victorian pub The Flora had new life breathed into it last year, with some sizey investment, new independent ownership (the same people who own Ten Mill Lane) and the adoption of a progressive foodie ethos.
Pitch bar and eatery
The proudly independent Pitch Bar & Eatery is a modern little venue located smack bang in the bustling Mill Lane. Pitch serve some pretty tasty pizzas as part of their small but well-crafted menu, made with passion using the freshest ingredients around.
Hipster haunt Small Bar pours some pretty tidy beers from some of the best local breweries around, including Crafty Devil, Pipes, Boss, Lines and Tiny Rebel. To accompany their amazing selection of ales is a small but well refined bar food menu, that includes some awesome homemade
The new restaurant at St David’s Hotel features the eclectic food culture and bold flavours of Australasia. With a contemporary design and stunning sea views it’s the perfect date night dining experience. Their À la carte menu features a range of zesty and colourful dishes to choose from.
Llaeth & Siwgr
The newest venture from the Milk and Sugar empire is Llaeth & Siwgr. Based in the old library, this light and airy café serves up the most filling and delightful breakfast and brunch dishes, as well as made to order sandwiches and salads.
Part of the growing City Road foodie collective, this gorgeously ornate Lebanese restaurant serves the most delicious and completely authentic grill and mezze dishes. Come for the food, stay for the belly dancers, as they shake their stuff on the weekend.
Officially a ‘Jay Rayner approved’ restaurant, The Classroom is shaping future culinary talent as top professionals train aspiring chefs. The seasonal menus use the finest quality ingredients with a real focus on local produce, delivering beautifully presented and exquisite dishes.
This unassuming, little Splott based café serves a knock out, no fuss selection of homemade burgers, sandwiches, hotdogs and Macaroni Cheese at a very fair price. There is also a selection of gigantic desserts that frankly wouldn’t look entirely out of place at the Willy Wonka factory.
Street Food Cardiff
You can’t talk about food in Cardiff without acknowledging its rapidly expanding street food scene. Street Food Cardiff is an annual celebration in Sophia Gardens of some of the best food trucks around. Gorge your way through a range of cuisines and taste sensations.