Best Restaurants in Cardiff

Ed Gilbert of award-winning Cardiff foodie blog Gourmet Gorro selects his favourite spots for lipsmacking victuals. Restaurants in Cardiff boast small roast coffee, super fresh Italian pasta and of course moist, fruity Welshcakes.

  • Exterior of the Fish at 85 fish restaurant
    Fish at 85, Cardiff by Fish at 85

    They don’t just cook fish here at their nice little spot on Pontcanna Street, they also supply it to some of the UK’s top restaurants and the Royal household. If you needed convincing further, picking your fish to be cooked from the ice filled-counter which runs the length of the place leaves you in no doubt about the freshness of what you’re about to eat. Possibly the best lemon sole I’ve ever tasted and the scallops and crab were similarly spectacular. 

  • Inside of the Fabulous Welshcakes store, with a person browsing the display shelves
    Fabulous Welshcakes, Cardiff by Fabulous Welshcakes

    The shop’s called Fabulous Welshcakes – and there are no issues here with trading standards. These little beauties are served warm off the bakestone at this friendly shop on Mermaid Quay down in the Bay. As well as the traditional ingredients of flour, butter, sultanas, caster sugar and mixed spice, special varieties introduce marzipan or dark chocolate and orange. 

  • The Ocean seafood menu and fish and chips taster selection at the Purple Poppadom
    Purple Poppadom, Cardiff by Purple Poppadom

    Chef Anand George is a bit of a local celebrity and he elevates comforting Indian dishes to the levels of fine dining here at his funky eatery in Canton. Spicing is refined, dishes are delicately plated and all really beautifully presented. The service is genial yet slick too. 

  • Two women enjoying a coffee outside the Plan cafe bar in the Morgan's Arcade, Cardiff
    The Plan, Cardiff

    Coffee is elevated to the status of king in this lovely indie café. Bean variety, growing region and tasting notes are always included and the shop is headed up by one of the UK’s top baristas. Smooth, carefully crafted cups of roasted richness – perfect for taking a breather from shopping in the Morgan Arcade. Breakfasts are pretty good too. 

  • Exterior of the Casanova Italian restaurant in Cardiff
    Casanova, Cardiff

    You won’t find old clichés like spag bol at Casanova. How about slow roast pork belly with black pudding, lentils, baked apple and rosemary oil? All the veg, meat and fish are sourced locally whilst oils, wines and salamis are bought direct from suppliers in Italy. Casanova probably does just fine on word-of-mouth recommendations but they deserve a far higher profile. For the kind of food they really eat in Italy, head for Quay Street. 

  • A braised lamb chop, potato cake on a bed of green sauce and beans at the Potted Pig restaurant
    Potted Pig, Cardiff by Maggs Rossi

    Pared back British cooking, an atmospheric bank vault setting and a dangerously broad selection of gins make this one of Cardiff’s hottest tickets at the moment. Unctuous duck hash, succulent steaks paired with the finest chips I’ve ever eaten, top drawer slow roast Hereford pork belly with baked carrots and greens were just some of the dishes I loved here.