GET YOUR STREET FOOD FIX IN CARDIFF!
Who has time to sit down and eat nowadays? Time is money or something like that.
It’s true though, there’s always somewhere to go or something to do these days when lunchtime rolls around, so the idea of sitting down to order in a place is now only for special occasions, parties, family meals etc.
So thank goodness for the rise of street food then. Gone are the days of a prawn sandwich and fizzy water. Now your options extend to Italian, Chinese, Thai, Indian, Colombian food and much more!
It’s a vibrant and ever growing scene, and we have noticed in particular that Cardiff is a real hotspot for this kinda stuff. So we have listed our top 3 favourite places for street food in Cardiff so far.
Let’s take a look.
Chai St. Kitchen
One of the largest and best street food places is available just on the High Street, and as of writing has another restaurant opening in the quay. Chai Street kitchen, is exactly that. A street food kitchen that specialises in Indian food. It’s the sister restaurant to the existing Canton branch and a little sibling to the excellent Mint & Mustard.
For those who dig innovative decor, Chai has you covered with it’s quirky Indian film posters and bright colours with additional bunting, wall art and reclaimed wood panelling giving a very rustic feel to the whole place.
When it comes to food, they have a fair mix of dishes from the whole spectrum of Indian cuisine, and we are sure curry lovers will enjoy their nicely balanced menu. It’s great for a quick snack or something more substantial with a few drinks. The lamb biryani in particular comes highly recommended. With drinks there is also a nice mix of hot, cold, soft and boozy. Truly something for everybody, from the cocktail lover, to the designated driver.
Chai Street is an option for quality Indian street food, any day of the week, and with 3 locations in Cardiff already, it’s easier than ever to get your street food fix.
Another popular Indian food hangout is Bwyta Bwyd Bombai (translated to ‘Eating Bombai food’), also known as 3Bs, is a celebration of street-food in the truest sense. Here, authentic Indian lunches tantalise tastebuds and cutlery is nowhere to be seen. Make as much mess as you need to (within reason.)
3Bs brings the sort of authentic Mumbai soul that owners Sakshi and Indraneel missed so much when they first arrived in Cardiff. The food is as you would expect, delicious, comforting, and able to satisfy even the most demanding of palettes. And it is made with the very best local ingredients and spices (all painstakingly researched and tested).
Most dishes on the menu cost less than £5 and vegetarian options are very well represented too.
With great service, great food and affordable prices. It’s an ideal lunch spot.
For those of you near Canton a particular highlight is Vivo Latino, a Latin American bar and restaurant, blending Mexican, Brazilian, Cuban and Peruvian cuisine to create what they call ‘the authentic taste of Latin America’. Variety is the spice of life after all.
It has a vibrant yet very relaxed atmosphere, so that casual dining and cocktail drinking is a real joy. Especially when you start to sample their Latin cocktails such as a Caipirinha or a Canchanchara (like a daiquiri, but with tequila).
Authenticity is the name of the game with Vivo Latino, with food and cocktail ingredients coming from as far afield as Chile, and nothing less will suffice.
We recommend the nachos. It sounds simple, but rather than just piling everything on top, it is a layered dish, meaning you weren’t left with just plain tortilla chips and no toppings.
All dishes and drinks are reasonably priced, so it is definitely a viable mid-week option. It seems that Vivo Latino is a welcome new place and thankfully fills a vibrant, fun-shaped gap in Canton.