Best Lunch in Cathays

If you managed to resist breakfast after our Best Breakfast in Cathays, you’ll probably be getting hungry.

Never fear, our ever wise words and large stomachs will help you pick the finest food in Cathays for a lunchtime treat.

Dough

LUNCH = SANDWICHES. The bigger, the better. If the bread can be upgraded to a baguette of some form, then hallelujah! Dough doesn’t mess around. Its name says it all, simple, to the point- this sandwich shop will give you the sandwiches of your wildest dreams. Feel fancy? Why, have a Brie & Grape baguette for £2.50! Want to be in NY? Then have a Pastrami & American Mustard baguette for £2.80 and quit your whining! There’s fillings galore served in your choice of a baguette, bagel, wrap or sandwich. There are £3.30 paninis from every corner of the globe (the Sicilian roast veg & mozzarella is bellissima!) For £3.40 you can enjoy their meal deal, which includes a freshly baked baguette, cookie/crisps/cake/fruit and a drink.

Dough, 20 Salisbury Rd, CF24 4AD. Mon- Fri, 7.30am- 4.30pm. Sat, 9am-  3pm. 

Kati Wok

Ever tried Pan Asian food in a wrap? Yes, we agree, when we first heard about this we thought it sounded slightly strange. Wraps are for fajitas and Eminem right? Wrong! After The Plate Licked Clean tweeted this to KIC,

we had to try. So we did. We wanted to try the most popular dish on the lunchtime menu, so we went to the source & asked Kati Wok what we should order,

So an Afghan Chicken KatiRoll is what we had. And what a revelation it was. It turns out Kati Rolls are a famous type of Indian street food, and we can see why. KIC should never have doubted that chicken strips cooked with tomato, ginger, chilli and garlic, with a medium or hot sauce and served in a flatbread would be nice. After all, a flatbread is essentially an edible plate isn’t it? So much easier than cutlery and crockery..saves on washing up..stops you missing out on any morsels that those pesky forks can’t pick up. Apparently it’s frowned upon to lick your plate in public, (or at all? Thanks Dad), so thank you Kati Wok for saving our table manners & delivering us a delicious, alternative lunch. A Kati Roll is £3.99 solo, or you can go for a £7.99 meal deal, which includes a roll, soft drink and any side or dessert.

Kati Wok, 53 Crwys Rd, CF24 4ND. Closed Mondays, Tues- Fri 12-2.3opm for lunch, Sat & Sun, 12-10.30pm.

Kama Lounge

A sandwich is all well and good, but sometimes something larger and more exotic is the only thing that’ll fill that lunchtime hole. Kama Lounge will give you all that at a handsome price. There are two sides to the menu- one which has set dishes like Katsu Curry and Thai Green Curry for about six pounds. On the other, you can channel your inner chef and compile your own dish. Before you get carried away, don chef whites and race to the nearest wok, this doesn’t mean you make it yourself. But you can tweak the finer tuning of your lunch and pick the type of noodle, veg, meat and sauce. My, you can get creative! As far as we can see, no combination disappoints! Duck and pineapple with oyster sauce? Delicious! Jasmine rice with chicken and teriyaki sauce? A taste sensation! What makes Kama Lounge particularly good for a lunchtime treat is the fact that between 11.30am and 4pm all main meals are 2 4 1. Which means that you can take some lovely lady or lad out for DIY Asian meal and look ever so generous without spending a fortune. Or, what’s more likely, go with a similarly poor and unwilling to cook friend, and split it.

We’ve suggested Kama Lounge but the lovely leads of twitter have suggested Wok In Wok Out for a similar style of create your own noodle dish, where Cathays local, Shah, says the £4.50 lunch deal (available 11.30 – 3pm) of a noodle box and a can of fizzy pop hits the spot.

Handily, it’s right across the road from Kama Lounge, so you buy one of both & compare. Let us know if you do this, we’d love to hear the results.

Kama Lounge, 106-110 Woodville Rd, CF24 4NY. 11.30am – 11.30pm daily. 

Wok In Wok Out, (opposite) Woodville Rd, CF24 4NY. 11am – 11pm daily.

Magic Wrap

We couldn’t ignore Magic Wrap. It’s seems to be a right of passage when arriving at Cardiff…Lose your dignity at the SU? Check. Return the next day to try and find your phone you distinctly remember leaving in the safe corner by the bar that no one sees? Check. Have a Magic Wrap when you can’t find your phone and you feel like you might pass out? Check. Anything with ‘magic’ in the title bodes well, if only everything we ate had super natural promise. It’s website boasts it’s the healthy hangover cure, which certainly would be magic. We’re not sure how healthy a wrap is when you ask for two types of cheese and bacon in it, but hey. Each wrap comes with salad and your choice of one filling (these range from chicken to falafel) and then you can add as many extras as your purse will allow. Or, if the whole having to decide on fillings is too much, there are ready compiled wraps you can opt for. Prices start at £3.55 but can get pretty pricey if you want beef, bacon and chrorizo as extras. That much meat is also unlikely to help the hangover. Let that be a warning to you.

Magic Wrap, Cardiff University SU, Senghennydd rd, CF10 3QN. Mon-Fri 10am – 5pm. Sat 12-4pm. 

Tucker

After being told off by Hannah Richardson for failing to mention Tucker on our breakfast post…

tucker

We took her fantastic advice & tried it out for lunch. It’s a lovely place to kick back, relax and pretend the huge amount of revision piling up on you doesn’t exist. Heads firmly in the sand, we could appreciate the quirky decor and soothing blue walls. As for the food… there are more baps than Nuts magazine has to offer! The fish finger bap, (oh please behave! we’re all adults here) was comforting and filling. If you’re after something quick there are wraps and paninis with more fillings than you’ll know what to do with (£3-5.) If you really want to procrastinate the afternoon away there are proper meals on offer, a homemade lasagne is only £4.95, and pizzas start at under a fiver. A Big Boy Burger (how could we resist with a name like that?) with double burger, bacon and cheese is £4.50 and definitely made us feel more butch.

Tucker, 23 Salisbury Rd, CF24 4AA. Mon- Fri 8am – 6pm. Sat 10am-6pm. 

 

So, have we filled your appetite for eating lunch in Cathays?

Or left you hungry for better options?

LET US KNOW

@keepitcathays

 

Advertisements

Best Breakfast In Cathays

Well, we’ve all been told by various members of our families and repeated Special K advertising campaigns, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Keep It Cathays could not agree more. We can’t think of anything finer than waking up, a little fuzzy headed, with a whole day stretching before us and the prospect of a breakfast somewhere close by (we are of course, talking about the weekends, you wouldn’t find us skiving our work or studies for food…haha!?)

Anyhoo. We’ve compiled a little write up of some of our favourite breakfasts in Cathays. We are the first to admit that knowledgable though we are, we are not the all seeing, all eating voice when it comes to breakfast in our fine ward- so please let us know where you’d recommend! The more suggestions, the more eggs we have the excuse of eating. Eggscellent.


Café 37

If you want an American style stack of pancakes drenched in maple syrup and accompanied by bacon, look no further than Cathays’s own diner. cafe37This place gets busy as soon as people hangovers relent enough to let them eat, so sometimes you’ll have to queue. We put out the twitter feelers and Alys Lloyd rates it as her favourite breakfast venue in Cathays. It’s quick service, huge portions and you can get every variation of a full English possible. And! There is slush puppy, in blue and red flavour (we’d say they were fruit but we’re not going to lie to you.) The lovely people at 37 even let you mix the two to make a delicious purple.  KIC defies anyone who says that frozen ice and e numbers doesn’t help a hangover.

Café 37, 37 Salisbury Rd, CF24 4AA.

Face 11

Not long open, Face 11 have  a friendly atmosphere along with cocktails and pizzas.  The cocktails have coaxed KIC to Face 11 on more than one occasion but we hadn’t realised that it offered breakfast as well. We were kindly put right by the ever knowledgable tools of twitter, and have been given a stella recommendation by Callum Paine:

As well as the banjo (a bacon and egg baguette), you can get an all day breakfast for £5.95 and blueberry pancakes for £5.20. Wash these down with hot chocolates to make Willy Wonka excited – mint, chili, orange and roasted nut are among the flavours they offer. Probably not for a hangover (KIC won’t repeat the terrible affect of sweet dairy products & a night of sambuca), but great for a winter morning.

Face 11, 105 Cathays Terrace, CF24 4HU.

Gutsy Goose

Sometimes a fry up is what you want for breakfast, sometimes it’s something more fancy. A Gutsy breakfast has smoked salmon and wholegrain bread galore. There’s porridge with honey for £3, a full English (fancy mind – it’s called the Gourmet Welsh breakfast) for £5.50 and a rather exciting Spanish breakfast with chorizo and paprika eggs. Alongside the usual breakfast fare you can get crepes with various sweet and savoury fillings. There’s also the best way to battle morning after queasiness – a Bloody Mary. If you’re not feeling so bold, they also do fresh grapefruit juice.

Gutsy Goose, 145 Crwys Road, CF24 4NH. 

Open from 9am.

Ramon’s

It’s well known that if you want to prove yourself as an eating machine you head to Ramon’s. For a princely £17 you can consume  eight sausages, eight rashers of bacon, six eggs and four beef burgers, as well as hash browns, black pudding, beans, tomatoes, mushrooms, fried potatoes, omelettes, toast and four slices of buttered bread. If you finish it within half an hour you get your money back – but that’ll mean eating 8,000 calories in one go and quite possibly facing a stroke. But you will save £17, so it’s really six of one and half a dozen of the other. This is greasy, hangover food at its best, and cheap to go with it.

64 Salisbury Rd, CF24 4AD.

Open from 6am weekdays and 4am weekends.


  Thé Pot

DSC_0035It’s hard not to love Thé Pot on the grounds that we spent months calling it the THE pot before realising they had used some fantastic French word play and it is in fact TEA pot. So witty, so sophisticated! We could just die! The interior resembles a living room which is perfect for those of us missing the creature comforts of home. The breakfast menu is plentiful and served until 2.  There’s the usual full English (£6.50) or you can try some of the more quirky options. Chilli corn bread for example, or a Welsh speciality, lavabread, which is a mix of seaweed, cheese and breadcrumbs- sounds slightly strange, tastes fantastic. There’s brunch options like £4 porridge or big hunks of toast for a couple of quid which are served all day. The juices will help right the wrongs of the night before & they serve all their coffee and tea with cookies which gets our vote – who doesn’t want dessert after breakfast? It’s not the cheapest option in Cathays, but you can tell you’re eating good quality food & the staff are so helpful you’ll probably want to throw money in their direction in way of thanks.

Thé Pot, 138 Crwys Road, CF24 4NR.

Closed Mondays. Open Tues- Fri 9am. Sat & Sun from 10am. 

So what do you think?

Are we bang on about the best bangers in Cathays?

Or are we missing a cereally good place?

What’s On in Cathays 9/12/13- 15/12/13

DSC_0111

Have you bought your gifts? Tree up? Lights sparkling?

Sitting on your sofa eating the entire month of advent chocolates in a day? Us too, sorry Santa. But if you wanted us to be more patient you shouldn’t have made those chocolate so minute.

It’s the last week of term for some, make the most of Cathaysmas before you leave us behind.

Cocktail Nights

Winning Wednesdays @ Face 11 – What better way to win than with cocktail making and cocktail masterclasses? KIC thought it’s signature vodka and lemonade was pretty fancy (there was a wedge of lemon and star shaped ice cubes) until a lesson at Face 11. You can have fun making them, and of course, drinking them.

Cheap Drink Nights

Perhaps you have more money, and class, than us, but it can’t hurt to know where the drink deals are of a night.

Mortal Monday @ The Flora – 6pm-9pm. Fantastic alliteration and drink deals galore. Deals inc. a free vodka jelly shot with your first drink, jagerbombs for £2 & apple sours shots for a £1.

Monday Quids in @ The Woodville – Cheap, cheap drinks! How cheap? Look at the name and guess. Pints and shots for a pound.

Thursday Quids in @ Gassy Jacks – If you missed Monday at the Woodville, or really enjoyed it, do it all over again at Gassy’s on Thursday.

Christmas

Dinner & Movie Night @ Thé Pot – The quirky café on Crwys Rd is showing National Lampoons Christmas Vacation this Wednesday for their film and food night. This is an extra date as their Tuesday show is sold out – £7.50 including dinner, you gotta book as it’s popular and the place is teeny.

Winter Wonderland @ City Hall – It’s December, no more excuses to the Scrooges out there, Winter Wonderland has German sausages and the ‘Star Ride.’ (It’s 60m tall and has swings at the top of it. There’s no other way to describe it.) Treats include rides, an ice skating rink and over priced mulled wine. Ice skating is £7.50 for students and £9.50 for adults.

Club Nights

Wednesday Lash @ Solus, Cardiff Student’s Union – 10pm – 3am. It promises ‘big room mash up tunes plus the best in student anthems.’ We’ll be damned if we’ve ever turned up the chance of big room mash up tunes AND student anthems. It’s free before 11pm,  £3 pre sale or £4 on the door

Friday Drink The Bar Dry @ Solus, Cardiff Student’s Union – 10pm – 3am. An eight pound ticket will get you ‘breakfast with bubbly, a limited edition t-shirt AND a Christmas hat.’ Looks to us like the bargain of a lifetime, though details of the breakfast aren’t listed and there is every chance you’ll lose the hat within five minutes of acquiring it.

Dance Classes 

Those dancing shoes have been gathering dust, brush them off and get on down to funky town.

Salsa Mondays @ Gassy Jacks – You can practice your shimmies with beginners salsa class at 7:30pm & Improvers at 8:30pm.

Friday Break Dance 4 Beginners @ Cathays Community Centre – You can widen your dance repetoire and learn how on earth people spin on their heads. Cathays Community Centre on Cathays Terrace offers break dancing classes for under 16′s from 4.30-5.30 and over 16′s from 5.30 to 6.30.

Open Mic Nights

Monday @ The Vulcan – From 8pm. 3-7pm pints £1.95.

Tuesday @ Gassy Jacks – 8-11pm.

Thursday @ Face 11 – From 8pm. There are 2 4 1 cocktails. Is it coincidental that cheap drinks seem to go hand in hand with amateur music nights? We’ll say no more.

Live Music

Sunday @ Kama Lounge – Their acoustic night has electro too. We don’t know about you, but we love to eat noodles to a fast paced electro beat. Aids digestion.

Sunday Under Construction Youth Music Project @ Cathays Community Centre –Sunday from 3pm to 6pm. In preparation for the many open mic nights in Cathays in the week you could go to Cathays Community Centre. Under Construction is a music project ran by young people (KIC is pretty impressed by this, the only thing we could run in our teenage years was a myspace page.) The have recording studios and practice rooms.

Live Sport

The Flora & The Crwys offer all the matches you’ll want to watch for the week.

The Mackintosh also has a lot of games playing, check their facebook for listings.

Plays

The Sleeping Beauties @ The Sherman Cymru –  From Wednesday, 7pm.  The Sherman’s Christmas play is a take on Sleeping Beauty. The director has mixed up the original story by adding a few new characters  and enough layers of meaning to make a very deep and thoughtful trifle. This is the week to give it a go as the preview tickets are £12-£20, which is three quid cheaper than they will be next week. If you’re under 25 tickets are half that.

Pub Quizzes 

Thursday @ The Crwys – One good English pound per person with cash prizes in the offing. It starts at 8.30pm.

Thursday @ The Flora –  There’s a music round and something called ’90 minute madness’ which involves cheap pints and vodka doubles for two pounds. From 7.30pm.

Thursday @ The Taf– Let’s get Quizzical! Maybe if you’re having trouble deciding which pub quiz to go to tonight you should choose The Taf purely on the merit of it’s name.

Sunday @ The Woodville – They must be in need of a trip to Ryman’s because you are awarded an extra point for bringing your own pen. Starts at 8pm.

Yoga

Friday Kirtan Yoga @ Cafe Atma – 6.30-8.30 pm. Okay we’re not entirely sure if this IS yoga. There’s musical mantra meditation and a meal for £5. Mmmm?

Have we missed something?

Please let us know and we’ll add it!