The Café Du Chat Noir in Wellfield Court in Roath is one such place. This friendly little café, where the serving team have authentic French accents, make an absolutely banging croque monsieur (£4.95) & croque madame (£5.45).
There’s nothing posh about this classic bit of comfort food but everything about it hits the nail on the head.
Crisp and golden white sliced bread is fried in a ludicrous amount of butter and filled with a generous quantity of tender ham and velvety béchamel twanged with nutmeg. It's then topped with a bubbly layer of stringy melted gruyere (and a runny poached egg if you go for the Madame).
The finished product is gloriously rich and seriously moreish.
I’ve tried a couple of other things on the menu, some are a hit and others a bit miss.
The French onion soup (£3.95) has a good thwack of caramelised onion and meaty stock. And, it’s served with really good oozy gruyere topped croutons. But, it was let down a bit by a slightly gloopy texture.
A plate of mixed charcuterie (£6.95) was highly serviceable.
A friend highly rates the homemade quiches (£5.95) with changing varieties including goats cheese or salmon and broccoli.
However, an apple and caramel pie lacked flavour and a crisp pastry case. Furthermore, the coffee on offer needs a rethink as it’s lacking in flavour.
In summary, go and eat a toasted sandwich at the Café Du Chat Noir. You won’t be disappointed.
Address - Café Du Chat Noir, 28 Wellfield Rd, Cardiff CF24 3PB
Telephone - 029 2048 8993