Best restaurants in Cardiff

DATE: 04 Feb 2014 | BY
Burges Restaurant A scrumptious salmon starter at Burges Restaurant in Park House

From proper tidy burgers to korma ice cream, check out our pick of the best restaurants in Cardiff

Calling all foodies: whether you’re after inspiration for your next big night out, tips on some of the city’s hidden gems or just a heads-up on where to get your next slap-up meal, look no further than our rundown of the best restaurants in Cardiff.
 

Moksh

Award-winning chef Stephen Gomes worked all over the world - in Bahrain, Thailand, Dubai, Bangladesh and South Africa - before coming to Cardiff to open Moksh in 2007. His vision is to reimagine Indian food, updating traditional dishes with contemporary aspects (just try the korma ice cream). If you’re looking for something a little bit more straightforward, Moksh still serve exceptionally good curry - particuarly the Beef Tamarina.
 
Moksh Ocean Building  Bute Crescent, Cardiff CF10 5AY, Wales
 

The Potted Pig

Tucked underground in what used to be a bank vault, the Potted Pig serves British cuisine with an emphasis on flavour and locally sourced produce. The food is famously good (they were described as a “jewel” by Jay Rayner, the Observer's notoriously hard-to-impress food critic) and the decor even better with re-conditioned, brick-lined walls and soft basement lighting. But the very best part? It’s not too pricey. 
 
The Potted Pig  27 High Street (underneath Zizzi), Cardiff CF10 1PU, Wales 
 

Le Monde

Can’t choose between seafood or steak? At Le Monde it’s not a problem. Simply decide on your dish - with options ranging from lobster to veal - from the market-style glass display case at the counter and sit back as you watch a team of chefs prepare your meal in the open kitchen at the centre of the restaurant. Perfect for a special occasion, or if you’re looking to impress.
 
Le Monde   62 St. Mary Street, Cardiff CF10 1FE, Wales 


The Grazing Shed                             

Grazing shed The Grazing Shed's super tidy beef burger
You only need three words to understand the Grazing Shed: Super. Tidy. Burgers. This restaurant is independent to its core: the meat is sourced from local farmers and even the sauces are homemade. Their Bunga Bunga burger might be the best in Wales but if you really want to be impressed order an extra portion of the country fries. Scrumptious, 
 
The Grazing Shed 1 Barrack Lane, Cardiff CF10, Wales
 

Burges Restaurant, Park House

At the heart of Park House, a Grade I listed town house built by the influential gothic architect William Burges in 1874, lies the Burges restaurant. It’s not just the decor (which Park House themselves describe as “gothic fairytale”) that attracts customers - they also feature live music from a resident pianist every Friday and Saturday evening and an outstanding lunch, dinner and taster menu. An utterly unique dining experience.
 
Park House 20 Park Place, Cardiff CF10 3DQ, Wales


Casanova

Casanova was opened in 2005 by Antonio Cersosimo, Luca Montuori and Angelo Montuori, three friends on a mission to bring a taste of Italy to Cardiff, and it's been serving up some of the best food in the city ever since. The restaurant itself is hidden away on a side street opposite the Millenium Stadium. Once inside, you’ll find first-class service with an emphasis on top quality food. One not to be missed.
 
Casanova 13 Quay Street, Cardiff CF10 1EA, Wales


Signor Valentino

Signor Valentino offers panoramic views across Cardiff Bay - plus the food isn’t bad either. Situated on the first floor of the city’s Mermaid Quays, there’s nothing like enjoying some fine Italian food while dining al-fresco on the restaurant’s balcony. There are several Mediterranean favourites on the menu but the real treat is the desserts - so make sure you save room for the profiteroles.  Bellissima!
 
Signor Valentino  Unit Upper 15 Mermaid Quay , Cardiff Bay, Cardiff CF10 5BZ, Wales


Mina Restaurant

Mina is one of the best-kept culinary secrets in Cardiff. This Lebanese restaurant started off as a cafe in 1990 but quickly became so much more than that. Serving the finest Lebanese food  - from tagines to mezes - and a plethora of very good cocktails, it’s become a must-visit destination for fans of Middle Eastern cuisine. If it's your first visit, try the Mina Lamb, slow-cooked cubes of lamb leg stir fried with tomato sauce, vegetables, rice and a dash of chilli. Unmissable. 
 
Mina Restaurant 43 Crwys Road Cathays, Cardiff cf24 4nd, Wales 


Las Iguanas Cardiff Bay

From the outside, Las Iguanas looks like any other restaurant on Cardiff Bay. Step inside, however, and it’s a whole different story. Featuring quirky furnishing, splashes of vibrant colour and wooden wall panels the decor brings a touch of the Southern America atmosphere to south Wales. The food is freshly made and comes highly recommended - as do the cocktails. We recommend visiting on a Sunday. where happy hour lasts all day.
 
Las Iguanas Cardiff Bay  Unit 27, Ground Floor Mermaid Quay, Cardiff CF10 5BZ, Wales


Thai House Restaurant

In 1985, Bangkok-born Noi Ramasut and his Welsh wife Arlene Thomas opened Wales’s first ever Thai restaurant. Nearly three decades on the award-winning Thai House is still considered one of Cardiff's best Thai restaurants - and with good reason. Don’t visit without trying the trout Thai green curry. Scrummy!
 
Thai House Restaurant 3-5 Guildford Crescent | Churchill Way, Cardiff CF10 2HJ, Wales (City Centre)

Tags: Seafood, Indian, Mediterranean, Thai, Lebanese, Steakhouse, Curry, South American

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