It’s great to see the renaissance of Cardiff Market.
This beautiful Victorian building located in the heart of the city has great produce stalls like E.Ashton fishmongers and JT Morgan butchers. But, it’s increasingly gaining the food stalls that make the central markets in cities like Lisbon and Barcelona such magnets for visitors. It would be great to see communal seating and an on-license booze trader in the market push things on even further.
Here are my picks of the places to visit in Cardiff Market for a tasty bite to eat and a drink.
Ffrwrnes started out selling their Neapolitan pizzas from a three-wheeled van called Smokey Pete. Their first bricks and mortar restaurant opened in the market in August 2018.
A compact menu comprises five meat free pizzas and three meat pizzas which weigh in at a very reasonable £5-7.
A Jiawl Bach (£7) saw the addition of crisp and spicy pepperoni and slices of fiery chilli.
The outpost of this highly regarded Roath plant-based restaurant and bar serves vegetarian and vegan salad boxes, hot pots, sandwiches and cakes with globally-inspired flavour combinations.
A Nourish wholefood bowl (£5) comprised of nutty well-herbed pearl barley, a selection of fresh vegetables including steamed kale, garlicky mushrooms, spiced butternut squash and light sauerkraut. Everything was brought together by a savoury, creamy and fragrant miso and ginger dressing and topped with crisp seeds and jewels of refreshing pomegranate.
Holy Yolks serve a pun-tastically named range of soft-yolked scotch eggs which are fried to order.
I’ve tried their classic Pork Fiction (£3.50)...
and Chorizo Royale (£3.50). With a crisp crumb, well-seasoned sausage meat and a golden-yolked egg they’re pretty bloody delicious.
Hard Lines Coffee
Formerly known as Outpost, Hard Lines serve one of the best cups of coffee in the whole of Cardiff. Expect single origin beans from the best suppliers, flawless latte art and tasty snacks from Alex Gooch and Flapjack Nation.
Thai Asian Delish
For seriously tasty and good value Thai food you can’t go wrong with Thai Asian Delish. Dishes like nutty Massaman curry and chicken pad thai are packed full of flavour.
The Cheese Pantry
The Cheese Pantry, a sister establishment to the excellent Penylan Pantry, have a killer selection of British cheeses that includes Perl Las, Gorwydd Caerphilly, Rollright and Quickes cheddar as well as delicious local chutneys from Penylan Preserves.
They also serve toasted cheese sandwiches that include a rotating special toastie. Each month, the Pantry collaborates with a different market trader.
My sandwich (£4.50) saw golden toasted sourdough loaded with a big ooze of creamy and slightly pungent Ogleshield cheese layered with Milgi’s pokey homemade kimchi. It was topped with a good dollop of sweet, citrusy and spankingly hot lemon drop chilli jam.
I love faggots and B.R.Donnelly, an old skool greasy spoon cafe, serves some fine examples. Faggots, peas, chips and bread and butter will set you back a mere £3.80. A rich and offaly faggot comes perched a top a pile of crisp chips and proper marrowfat peas. Thick gravy (I think it may be Bisto but Mrs G thinks it’s a cut above) and a slice of soft pappy white bread complete the dish.
The Welshcakes from Cardiff Bakestones are frigging lovely and an absolute bargain too. Ask for what’s fresh off the bakestone as they’re at their very best when they’re still warm.
Address - Cardiff Market, St Mary Street, Cardiff CF1 2AU
Web - https://www.cardiff.gov.uk/ENG/Visiting/Culture-art-and-museums/Pages/Cardiff-Central-Market.aspx
Telephone - 029 2087 1214
Updated - 1 September 2018