Sometimes going meat-free can be a bit of a chore, especially when restaurants don't put too much effort into their options. Hold the bog standard and boring risotto; Cardiff vegetarians and vegans, you no longer have to suffer in silence, not with the great offering of restaurants in the city. Using fresh local ingredients in imaginative and delicious ways, Cardiff’s vegetarian restaurants are packing a mouth-wateringly good punch, head to one of these five restaurants for all your meat-free dreams.
Billed as Cardiff’s first ever completely vegan restaurant, Anna-Loka is the stuff of veggie dreams. Run by a Hare Krishna monk, the Albany Road spot is open for brunch daily, and dinner Wednesday - Saturday. Try the Anna-Loka Rodeo Burger (£11.50) with a homemade Seitan patty topped with an onion ring, vegan cheese and smothered in BBQ sauce, and thank us later. If you have a sweet tooth, their range of cakes will hit the spot every time.
Vegetarian Food Studio
The clue’s in the title with this vegetarian restaurant in Cardiff. Trot on over to Penarth Road to find this Indian spot that serves spicy veggie dishes in a simple and welcoming atmosphere. Neil Patel, the man behind the venue, aims to cook traditional dishes from throughout India, including richer curry dishes from the north and dosas - a pancake-like dish - from the south. If you feel like lying in bed and stuffing yourself, they also have a cracking take-away service as well as special prices for students.
Park House Restaurant
This is the one for when you’re feeling a bit fancy shmancy, a bit baller in your vegetarian options. Slap on your pearls and get down to Park House Restaurant to eat in a Grade-I listed, oak-panelled and lavishly decorated spot, that takes its dining as seriously as its decoration. It might be a bit pricey but their seven-course tasting menu (£69) is worth shelling up for, especially when you’re munching through dishes such as a sauteed herb gnocchi with black truffle shavings and a devilishly delicious coconut tapioca.
Migi is a vegetarian Cardiff restaurant that will appeal to everyone, whether they’re meat-free or not. With a plant-based menu, the venue does things to vegetables you didn’t know were possible, from a spiced cauliflower and butter bean burger (£11.50) piled with aioli and carrot chutney, through to a Mexican breakfast bowl (£6.50) that will sort you out for the rest of the day. On Sundays, they serve a hearty nut roast, and as part of a shop, you can have a wander and take some of their vegetarian goodies home with you.
As one of the most popular vegetarian restaurants in Cardiff, it pays to get to Caban early. The restaurant is big on seasonal produce, changing their menu every three weeks to ensure ultimate freshness, and they’re always more than happy to adjust dishes to suit your tastes. Past meals include buttermilk, leek and goat cheese strudel, and a vegetable redang curry.