Wednesday, 30 July 2014

The Coffi House, Roath - Hunt for Cardiff's Best Breakfast

The Coffi House on Wellfield Road is a greasy spoon with plenty of old-fashioned charm.

Wood flooring and fittings, a neon sarsparilla lamp behind the counter, and huge bay windows (with coveted seats) all give the place a ton of character.

The Breakfast – The Big Breakfast

The Price – £4.99

Pros – 2 rashers of thick crispy bacon, well-reduced baked beans, a runny fried egg, a ubiquitous triangular hash brown and fried mushrooms

Cons – Generic sausage and white sliced toast - I say they’re cons but really I’ve got a soft spot for both.

Beverage – A cup of tea (£1)

Verdict – The Coffi House’s fry-ups aren’t luxury but they’re very good value and fulfil the needs of many a hung-over Roath resident on a Sunday morning (including mine).

The Details

Address - 3 Wellfield Road, Cardiff, CF24 3NZ
Telephone - 029 2045 5198

Saturday, 19 July 2014

The Bombay - Hunt for Cardiff's Best Breakfast

When The Bombay first opened on West Bute Street in Cardiff Bay in 1953 it was Wales’s first Indian restaurant. Having closed in the 1980s, it was reopened this year by the grandchildren of the original owner.

The Bombay’s characterful café interior is the home to a menu familiar from the cafés of Mumbai – breakfasts include bun maska (a toasted bun with butter, traditionally dipped in chai) and naan rolls, whilst lunchtime and evening curries are authentically cooked on the bone.

It was a dish recognisable from the menu of Covent Garden’s much-lauded Dishoom which immediately grabbed my attention.

The breakfast – Bacon naan roll

The price - £2.95

Pros – A crisp, nigella seed-laced naan cradled 3 rashers of crisp and salty halal beef bacon, a light smear of cream cheese and a scattering of fragrant coriander. A pot of fiery and sweet tomato jam on the side completed the picture.

Cons – There’s no hiding from the fact that beef bacon isn’t quite as good as the porky real deal. Also, a bigger smear of cream cheese wouldn’t have gone amiss.

Beverages - Sweet, milky, warmly spiced Bombay chai (£2).

The Bombay’s iteration of the bacon naan is lush (if not quite up to the faultless level of Dishoom’s) and very good value. Based on this breakfast, I’m looking forward to checking out the rest of the menu.

The details:

Address - The Bombay, West Bute Street, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5LJ
Web –
Tel – 029 2048 1148