Guzzling tasty food is pretty much my favourite thing to do in the world. It’s trumped only by guzzling tasty food in support of a good cause.
The Splott-based Oasis Cardiff works with refugees and asylum seekers to help them integrate into the local community. From their centre, they run a range of activities including English language classes, advisory sessions, advocacy groups and cultural trips and have clients from around the globe including Iran, Afghanistan, Sudan and El Salvador.
For much of the last year, Oasis has run The Plate home supper club with a different dish from around the world available each week, many introduced to Oasis by their clients. There’s been savoury pies from Bolivia and Algeria, Nigerian stews, and Ethiopian platters amongst others. Most of these national cuisines are only available in Cardiff from Oasis.
Each week there’s a vegan main (£11), meat main (£12) and dessert (£3) available for pre-order through Oasis’s website with collection taking place from the centre on Fridays between 6 and 8pm. Collection is quick and efficient and everything is piping hot and ready to eat.
The week I visit, Egyptian cuisine is on the menu.
I’ve been yearning to try koshari, Egypt’s national dish, for a long time. A triple carbohydrate joy, it combines fluffy rice, lentils with a little bite, caramelised angel hair pasta and macaroni.
Topped with a really fresh and fruity tomato sauce with a delicate thrum of chilli and crispy onions, it’s a comforting as heck combination.
A tender bone-in chicken thigh and leg is delicately fragranced with seed-studded dukkah. I’d perhaps like a bigger spice hit.
Acidic cut through is provided by decent earthy pickled beetroot.
Dessert is Umm ali, a top drawer Egyptian bread and butter pudding. Puff pastry soaked in thick vanilla fragranced custard retains a good crispness and flakiness on top. Juicy raisins and the crunch of pistachios, coconut and almonds add extra interest.
I really enjoyed dinner from The Plate and I’m looking forward to exploring more national cuisines through their excellent initiative. If you’re ever over in Pontcanna then they’re also currently collaborating with Kemi’s on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to run a pop-up world food takeaway cafe with dishes from countries including Iran, Ethiopia and Gambia; it also looks like a must visit.
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Address - Oasis Cardiff, 69b Splott Rd, Splott, Cardiff CF24 2BW