Saturday, 31 December 2016

Bwyta Bwyd Bombai, Indian street food, Cardiff cafe review

It turns out that Cardiff’s Indian street food ventures are like buses.

A couple of weeks ago I visited Chai Street's latest City Centre branch.

Niche Indian Street Kitchen is opening on Crwys Road imminently.

And Bwyta Bwyd Bombai, also known as 3Bs, launched last month in the High Street Arcade. We visited for lunch on Christmas Eve to kick off a week of excessive eating.

Most dishes on the menu of snacks, dosas, sandwiches and omelettes weigh in at less than a fiver. Vegetarian options are very well represented too.

Top drawer chai (£1.90) was spicy, strong and creamy. It was served with a curious sweet crouton that was made for dunking.

Ice cold and fruity mango lassi (£2.20) was on the nail. 

Dahi puri (£3.50) were a good example of their type. The puris, which could have been a bit crunchier, were filled with tangy and sweet chutneys and topped with creamy yoghurt and sev (gram flour vermicelli).

A masala dosa (£3.50) was excellent. The crisp, thin rolled pancake was filled with velvety mustard seed twanged potato and pea mash. A bowl of spicy sambal and a fresh, sweet tomato chutney were lovely accompaniments. 

The main event was a whopper of a mixed thali (£9.50). The two vegetable curries could have been hotter temperature-wise but everything else was on the nail.

Tender chicken was bathed in coconut based curry sauce. Lentil dhal and Bombay aloo were both nicely spiced. A soft and slightly elastic chapatti, fluffy rice, moreish disks of battered potatoes, sour lime pickle and carrot and onion raitha were all lush. The generous portion size was right up my street too.

The 3Bs is another lovely independent addition to Cardiff City Centre. It's well worth checking out.  

The Details:

Address - Bwyta Bwyd Bombai, 16 High Street Arcade, Cardiff CF10 1BB
Web -
Telephone - 02920 372352


  1. These last 2 reviews of Indian Street food places (this and Chai Street) are great. However, your photos of each show the appalling food hygiene ratings that both have received. No excuse for it really and something they should resolve if they expect to do well.

    1. I agree, it's a shame their hygiene ratings aren't better. Hope they sort out their issues soon. I normally assume (correctly or not) that a place would be shut down by environmental health if it's not safe. Therefore, I don't pay too close attention to the scores.

    2. Doesn't a low rating make it more authentic ?!?!