Friday, 18 March 2016
Gina's Cafe, Cardiff review
A few weeks back I visited Gina’s Cafe. Located on the corner of the High Street opposite the castle, with it’s colourful wallpaper and mishmash of furniture, it’s a hippy oasis in the grey city centre.
Gina’s Indian inspired street food menu comprises of filled chapatis, wraps and dosas along with a diverse drink selection which includes cardamom spiced chai karak, arabe coffee and ginger milk.
I ordered a cup of teh tarik (£1.50). Strong, hyper-creamy and hyper-sweet it was a cracking example of the hot milk tea drink which is especially popular in Malaysia.
A Masala Dosa was great value for £3.50. The whopping crisp pancake was filled with mild potato curry which would have benefited from a little more spicing. Accompanying perky tomato chutney and a deeply spiced lentil sambal brought the dish to life.
On it’s own the masala dosa would have been sufficient for lunch. Of course, I ordered more.
A pair of weeny filled chapatis represented more dubious value for money at £2.70 & £2.50 respectively for a keema and a chicken variety.
The hot, crisp, flaky and buttery bread was superb and so was the heavily spiced lamb mince filling. However, the chicken variety was dry and bland and crying out for a good glug from a bottle of chilli sauce found on the table.
I enjoyed Gina’s Cafe. It’s unlike anywhere else in the city centre and I’d definitely go back for a teh tarik and a Masala Dosa.
Address - Gina's Cafe, 34 High Street, Cardiff CF10 1PU
Web - https://www.facebook.com/ginascafe/
Telephone - 07790 744444