No place is exempt from inspection, here at the EATCardiff country mansion (we have a swimming pool and a gas barbeque, don’t you know?), and certainly not the painstakingly popular Nando’s. Seriously, as a planet, we are too easy to please. Nando’s is everywhere. Twice. And as endearing as ‘authentic’ PERI-PERI shouty sauce is, said authenticity drops when it’s more saturated than the latest YouTube viral video. Yet it appears we’re the idiots, as queues of cock lovers spawn at every minute of the day, as if chicken and chips had never been done before.
If you’ve been reading our reviews since the beginning of EATCardiff, you might have noticed a pattern by now. We don’t talk about the eating part of our dining experiences in much detail. At all. Yes, it’s an admission after some recent feedback, but we have our primary reason, and we’d like to think we’re not alone. Continue reading
There once was a time, a time when pork ruled the fast food kingdom. It was a ‘limited time only’ as the corporates would say, but it was a glorious four weeks, where we ‘pigged out’ on swineburgers like a sweaty Adam Richman to a food challenge. Continue reading
LA LUPA, CANTON
Traditionally, Canton is locally famous for its quintessential ‘spit ‘n’ sawdust’ watering holes, its cultural diversity and home of the real ‘Kaaaiiirdiff’ accent. These days, it’s getting smarter, having seen a fair amount of cash spent on the area, despite how often we’re told the country is in bigger financial ruin than Blockbuster (‘R.I.P. in peace’, as our internet friends would say). We’d argue alternative cinema destination Chapter Arts Centre can be held partially responsible for the area’s uplift. What was once an almost ‘exclusive’ destination for real cinema enthusiasts now boasts an equally culturally diverse bar, with a huge range of beer from the Americas to the Far East – that’s almost 303 car hours, if it was possible to drive from one end to the other, fact fans! Continue reading
THE ORIGINAL GERMAN BARBERCUE, THE HAYES
Firstly, we must confess, this post should have been published back at Christmas. Unfortunately, various life and work-related matters stifled our ability to press ‘publish’ at the appropriate time, leaving it to gather dust. So, what we propose is that before you read this, pretend you’ve built a time machine, and you’re testing it by ‘only’ setting your co-ordinates back in time for just over a month. And because you’re wondering if it really can be Christmas every day. Do that, and this write-up will make sense, but if that doesn’t convince you, please bear in mind there are only 338 Christmas shopping days remaining. Let that be a warning.
“We’re all friends now”, said a concussed Basil Fawlty in the immortal ‘The Germans’ episode of Fawlty Towers. It’s that time again (for Christmas, not war; although there’s always time for war, it seems), Cardiff Christmas Market is back and is as vibrant as ever. Continue reading
Rather than attacking Starbucks for its recent tax-dodging skills that any laborious student would be proud of, let’s have a go at its blue, ‘Italian’ friend Caffé Nero, for being spectacularly bland and absolutely bloody everywhere. Continue reading
CARDIFF CASTLE, CASTLE STREET
As natives of the Welsh capital, we’ve been struck hard in the face by the wooden bat of reality that while we pine to visit foreign lands to enrich our lives, drink their alcohol and play golf, there is a whole array of fulfilling experiences right on EATCardiff HQ’s doorstep that we criminally take for granted. We admit to having not taken in the picturesque geography of the Brecon Beacons, travelled the dramatic coastline around Wales’ exterior, nor have we appreciated the truly historical nature of a castle in a city. But we have been to Barry Island to play Quasar a few times (credit where credit’s due, eh?) Continue reading