When it comes to Caroline Street’s fast food joints, loyalties traditionally lie in one of these two camps.
However, I’m throwing my hat into the ring and pledging allegiance to Rotana Wraps & Kebabs.
I’ve visited twice whilst boozed up late at night and once whilst entirely sober on a Saturday lunchtime.
Rotana’s specialism is wraps. A vast array are available from shish and kofte to shawarma, piri piri chicken, falafel and halloumi with prices ranging between £3 and £6.20 for a medium wrap.
It’s worth highlighting the quality and range of their salad. Mrs G declared it to be the best kebab salad she’s had in Cardiff and it’s hard to argue.
Crunchy white and red cabbage, punchy jalapenos, pickled whole chillies, fresh lettuce, cucumber and tomato all feature. But, it’s the crunchy and acidic neon pink pickled turnips which are a particular highlight.
On both my late night visits I’ve ordered a chicken shawarma wrap with extra halloumi (£4.45). A grill-marked tortilla was loaded with crisp, tender and fatty shreds of meat, melted salty cheese, loads of salad and a big squeeze of minty yoghurt sauce. I highly recommend it.
Mrs G showed calorific restraint by ordering a medium chicken shish (£5.80) without sauce. Tender, nicely caramelised pieces of chicken were loaded onto a generous mound of salad and a tortilla wrap.
I went for the lux option and ordered the mix grill (£9.95). A ton of meat included a combination of the excellent chicken shish, inconsistent lamb shish (which was very tender in bits and chewy in others), and a well-seasoned but slightly too soft textured lamb kofte. I drenched my meat in mint sauce and a potent chilli sauce.
I’m a fan of Rotana, especially their chicken kebabs. It’s a testament to the quality of their food that I’d just as happily eat it at midday or midnight.
Address - Rotana Grill House, 21 Caroline St, Cardiff CF10 1FG
Telephone - 029 2022 7799