Friday, 23 January 2015

Spit & Sawdust - Searching for Cardiff's Best Burger

Next time you’re heading to McDonalds on Newport Road, why not walk another twenty metres up the road and check out Spit & Sawdust instead?

The folks at this quirky social enterprise (comprised of an indoor skate park, art space, shop and café) are grilling burgers that would test the loyalties of even the Hamburglar. And, they barely cost a penny more than those at the Golden Arches.

Spit & Sawdust’s café is a relaxed and friendly kind of place - when I arrived at midday on a Saturday I was faced with the aftermath of a kids party.

It’s also a bit baltic so you might want to bring a coat and woolly hat. 

Having ordered from the dedicated burger menu, which includes a couple of very interesting veggie options, I sipped a can of San Pellegrino aranciata and waited for my food. 

The Burger – Classic with cheddar

1. How was the patty? A flavour-packed, golden-crusted, well-seasoned organic beef patty topped with a decent ooze of cheddar. Served well done, it would have benefited from a little less time on the grill.

2. How was the bun? A soft and sweet toasted brioche bun from Allen’s bakery in Roath. The burger:bun ratio however was a little off.

3. How was the other stuff in the bun? Shredded lettuce and finely sliced onion and tomato brought the freshness to the party.

4. How were the fries? Deep bronze, double-cooked, crisp, salty and tender – absolutely epic.

5. What was the price? Ridiculously cheap - £4.70 including chips. In terms of quality for your buck, Spit & Sawdust are very very impressive.

6. How was the other stuff? A huge bowl of onion rings (£1.50) were exemplary - crisp, light and golden with a soft filling. 

8. So what's the verdict? A damn tasty burger – Spit & Sawdust are a fine and bargainous addition to Cardiff’s burger scene.

The Details:
Address - Spit & Sawdust, Rhymney River Bridge Road, Cardiff CF23 9AF
Web -
Telephone - 02920 494741

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  1. Sounds good and just down the road. But the big questions remains...where does it sit on your burger rankings?

    1. Very good question! I wish I'd never started a ranking as a lack of consistency amongst places has meant my views have changed with each visit. I'd probably rank it in 4th place... but I might give it another visit until I put it in the leaderboard.

  2. Wonderful stuff, Thank you.

  3. When I moved from hackney to Cardiff, i did miss a decent burger. The sebright arms, meat liquor, etc, on my doorsetep... yadda yadda. well, pompous frookin hipster hackney, eat this!!! Christian and Nia knock out an epic, juicy, perfect, sweet, dripping, chhese soaked burger every time : P I take the kids to the morning skate session on sundays, waiting hungrily for midday to get my order in. if you ask for a chilli burger, they pluck a fresh chilli from a chilli plant and massage it into the patty.... epic! i'd also suggest they are under priced by a couple of quid if you ask me (shhh!!) - how rare is that!

    1. @Anonymous - That chilli burger sounds amazing....I'm well overdue another visit!