The menu is full of familiar faces from Middle Eastern cuisine - cold and hot mezze, grilled meats and fish, and vegetable stews. It’s worth noting there’s a Penarth premium on the prices of at least a couple of quid per dish.
Ice cold Efes Pilsner (£3.95) was enjoyably malty and seriously gluggable.
Warm bread was super fresh and soft of crumb.
A hot mezze for two (£12) delivered a good bang for our buck. Panko-esque crumbed calamari were pleasingly tender; uber crisp falafel were sat on a slick of coarse hummus; golden crusted fritters (mucver) were filled with soft shreds of carrot, courgette and onion; grilled Turkish sausage was nicely fatty and spicy; salty halloumi could have been melted a bit more; and semolina-studded borek parcels were light of pastry and filled with a tangy, parsley-fragranced ooze of feta.
For main, like the starter, I put the menu through its paces with a single dish, the Keyif mixed grill (£18.50). Lamb and chicken shish were both tender and well seasoned; patty shaped lamb and chicken kofte were nicely herbed; wings were crisp and juicy; and lamb ribs and chops were both properly rendered of fat. Orzo flecked buttery rice and a run of the mill mixed salad completed the delicious dish.
A shout also goes to the fresh, assertively spiced chilli sauce.
I really enjoyed Keyif and it definitely adds an extra dimension to Penarth’s restaurant scene.
Whilst you can't eat in at the moment, they're offering both delivery and takeaway. You can order online or by calling 029 2070 2429.
Address - Keyif, 21 Glebe St, Penarth CF64 1EE
Telephone - 029 2070 2429