Eating Out

Cardiff isn’t exactly a wonderful place as far as cuisine is regarded. As in a lot of British cities, restaurants often give way to pubs. They are quite cheap but the food is not great, and it’s everywhere the same: burgers, fish and chips or lasagne, arranged in a combination of “deals for two”, “burger and beer” etc…  Unless you go to St Mary’s Street or the Bay, you won’t easily find a “proper” restaurant, with a waiter looking after you. Here are a few recommendations from my own experience:

Zizi Restaurant & Pizza Express- St Mary's Street: the two famous chains of Italian restaurants will always be safe places in terms of quality and value. There is another Pizza Express on Mermaid Quay in the Bay.

Ask- Mill Lane. There again, a chain of Italian style restaurants that offers a wide range of pasta dishes or pizza.

Tiger Bay- Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay: an affordable Thai restaurant.

Juboraj- Mill Lane: a delicious Indian restaurant.

The Bosphorus- Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay: a great Turkish restaurant with a wonderful panoramic view of the Bay.

Brasserie française Garçon- Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay: no discrimination, but let’s confess that the masters in cuisine remain the French! Although it is decorated in the style of a Parisian ‘brasserie’ (a bistro where you can get lunch), it is in fact a real restaurant, quite pricey, but with incredible top-quality food. French atmosphere is assured by a crew of French waiters. Great experience guaranteed!

A great place to check out some reviews other restaurants in Cardiff can be seen at