Saturday, 17 August 2019

Blue Honey Local, Roath, Cardiff vegan restaurant review

Located on the former site of City Road's sadly departed Milgi, Blue Honey Local is the all-vegan younger sibling of Cardiff's uber-trendy Blue Honey Night Cafe.

This bar meets cafe meets restaurant meets late night spot also shares a venue with Eartha, a florist. With its large glass windows and all those plants it's like sitting inside a terrarium.

I drank a highly neckable Pipes California Pale whilst Mrs G guzzled a couple of buckets of house white wine. If you're not in the market for booze then they also make their own tasty sounding ice teas and kefirs. 

Blue Honey Local's menu comprises of a compact selection of well-priced Asian and Middle Eastern inspired street food. The most expensive dish on the menu costs £4.50. We ordered six dishes to share and it was plenty for the two of us. 

The star of the show were crispy and squidgy cheung fun (£4.50). A bit like gnocchi, these rice noodle roll pieces were bathed in sweet, salty, spicy and familiarly comforting hoisin sauce.

Squidgy bao buns (2 x £3.50) were stuffed with lightly battered tofu, cleansing cucumber and a potently peppery and spicy black pepper sauce.

Vietnamese rolls (£4.50) were rammed full with crisp veggies including fine batons of carrot, courgette and pepper. The freshness of mint and crunch of peanut added extra vibrancy whilst sweet chilli sauce brought zip and zing.

A crisp cucumber salad (£3.90) was bathed in a mild chilli oil dressing tempered with a creamy note (sesame perhaps?). I think it could have taken a much bigger hit of chilli but it was one of Mrs G's favourite dishes of the night and she's a chilli wuss.

Finally, nicely charred hispi cabbage (£4.50) with a good bite was drizzled with a spicy and citrusy nam prik dressing. You got a lot of brassica for your buck.

Mrs G and I really enjoyed our meal at Blue Honey Local. They serve the kind of spice and flavour-packed vegan food which doesn't make you miss meat. With its atmospheric plant life and friendly service, it makes for a lovely spot to hangout.

The Details:

Address - Blue Honey Local, 213 City Road, Cardiff CF24 3JD
Telephone - 029 2019 5463

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