*Update - KL Canolog has closed*
Whenever anywhere new opens on Wellfield Road that isn’t a café, charity shop or purveyor of knickknacks, it’s a cause for celebration.
Ok, I concede that KL Canolog is a café. However, the Malaysian food and drink they’re serving makes for a far more interesting lunch than a tuna melt and cinnamon lattefrappechino from the Caffe Costabucks opposite.
KL Canolog’s menu is stuffed with food that I want to eat. It made it rather difficult ordering lunch on my tod without Mrs G accompanying me to pilfer food from. Chicken laksa, satay skewers, mee goreng, chicken curry pie and a chicken rendang wrap will all have to wait for another day.
To start, I ordered roti canai (£3.80). 2 crisp, elastic, buttery layered pancakes were served with an aromatic curry leaf and mustard seed flecked dhal.
Next up, the nasi lemak with chicken rendang (£6.80) was a plate-full of goodies. Tender chicken in a fairly dry, spice-packed sauce was served with fluffy, coconut infused rice, crispy & fishy dried anchovies, crunchy peanuts, sweet & spicy chilli sambal, half a cold boiled egg and slices of cleansing cucumber. Every mouthful offered up a combination of different textures, flavours and temperatures.
For dessert, I thought I’d put KL Canolog’s teatime credentials to the test with some tea and cake. Despite the draw of the coconut rose cake and lemongrass & kafir lime cake, I plumped for the screwpine leaf (pandan) cake (£2.50) as it sounded the oddest. It turned out it wasn’t strange all - the pandan lent a milky, vanilla sweetness to the butter icing sat atop a slice of pretty decent sponge.
I washed it down with a comfortingly sweet & milky cup of teh tarik (£2.10). It tasted like chai without the spice.
KL Canolog is a welcome addition to Wellfield Road. The serene atmosphere, interesting menu, short wait for food and novel Asian deli section all make this my kind of place.
Address - Unit 5 The Globe Centre, Wellfield Road, CF24 3PE Roath, Cardiff, United Kingdom
Telephone - 07506 591900