Whilst their decor is basic, the menu is packed with cheap as chips dishes such as masala dosa (£4.75), onion bhajis (£2.50) and vegetable biryani (£4.99).
Madhav has high profile fans too as Shauna from Hang Fire named it as one of her favourite places to eat.
Riding solo before a trip to the cinema, I ordered more than I should have done (all in the name of research, of course).
A cup of masala chai (£2) was deliciously spicy and creamy.
Complimentary poppadoms were fresh as can be but perhaps suffered slightly as a result because they were still a touch oily.
A trio of samosas (£2.50) were bang on - the golden pastry triangles were filled with a warming spiced potato and pea mix (I’m sure they might have been some cinnamon in there). A minty yoghurt raitha was lovely spooned all over them.
A thali (£6.99), Madhav’s speciality, was a kaleidoscope of lovely things and a bargain to boot.
A pot of mixed vegetable curry was bathed in a deep flavoured almost meaty gravy; tender Bombay potatoes were twanged with chilli and curry leaf; a thin dhal was heady with mustard seed; a hyper crisp spring roll contained spicy potato and vegetable mash; aubergine, pea and onion curry was packed with perfectly tender veggies; chilli and lime pickle spiced up the show; and super soft chapatis and fluffy rice provided welcome bulk.
A crisp and sticky jalebi was enjoyable but a bit too one dimensionally sweet for my taste.
A bowl of bhel puri (£2.50) saw light puffed rice, onions, tomatoes, bombay mix, potatoes and fragrant coriander coated in a tangy tamarind sauce. It was deliciously crisp and light when it first arrived but it rapidly become soggy. To be fair though, I really shouldn’t have ordered this much food.
I had a lovely and cracking value thali from Madav. If you want some tasty Indian street food then get down there.
Address - Madhav, 59 Lower Cathedral Rd, Cardiff CF11 6LW
Telephone - 029 2037 2947