One thing I’ve discovered during lockdown is how popular Sen BBQ is amongst West Cardiffians.
When it closed for a period of time at the peak of the pandemic, Cantonians railed on social media at the loss of their favourite Turkish grilled meat purveyor.
In contrast, Roath and Penylan’s loyalties are less singular when it comes to shish and shawarma - Troy, Saray, Shawarma Laziz, Shaam Nights and KBS are just a few of the standouts which vie for East Cardiffians’ affections.
So, it’s interesting to see that the Sen Brothers have come over to the East side.
However, instead of bringing grilled meat, they’ve bought freshly baked treats.
With a handsome window display of fresh carbs, Sen Bakery offers an array of well-priced Middle Eastern baked goods.
A light and airy crumbed bohca (£1.50) bread roll contained a thin seam of tangy feta and fragrant parsley.
A sweet crumbed simit bagel (£1), dotted with sesame seeds, was lovely stuffed with with serrano ham and salad.
A fresh and big-flavoured sucuk pide (£4) warmed up a treat in the oven. The crisp-crusted Turkish pizza was loaded with salty cheese, spicy beef sausage, fresh peppers, onion, tomatoes and oregano.
A mixed seed topped loaf (£1.20) had a lovely soft crumb.
It was delicious filled with well-herbed lamb kofte purchased from Chop Shop, a recently opened halal butchers on Albany Road.
A beaut of a borek (£4) was stuffed with tangy feta, fresh tomatoes, and fragrant parsley and oregano. It's thin bready case was a nice change to the filo pastry I've encountered before.
A pair of baklava pieces (£2) were gorgeously crisp and flaky of pastry, well-soaked in sweet syrup and stuffed with chop nuts.
We really enjoyed all of our baked goods from Sen. Whilst Cardiff is increasingly well served with quality craft bakers, Sen Bakery’s well-priced wares are enjoyably different.
Address - Sen Bakery, 28 Albany Road, Cardiff CF24 3RQ
Telephone - 029 2049 9991