When I arrived in Cardiff in 2009 the food scene wasn't even really up and coming, but then I came back from my year abroad and BOOM there were so many places to explore. In Cardiff there really is something for everyone and probably not a week goes by that I don't eat out somewhere exciting.
For those of you looking for hearty, British inspired food I can fully recommend Pieminister and two of Cardiff's best: The Potted Pig or The Meating Place, who are all part of the Chameleon Group so that might explain why the taste levels (both in terms of food and decor) are so high. If you want a table for either of these places in the evening make sure you book because they are always packed. For those of you with a penchant for burgers look no further than The Grazing Shed where everything from the bun to the vegetables is locally sourced. An honorary mention also goes to The Gutsy Goose who do a bit of everything: breakfast, lunch and dinner with seasonal flair. For those who love to tackle huge portions of America at it's best you must head to New York Deli (you can read all about that adventure here).
Another place not to miss is The Plan (8-29 Morgan Arcade) who have been rated as on the of top 50 cafes in the country by The Independent. The owner is an exceptional barista and has come up tops in many barista competitions. Good coffee is hard to find in Cardiff so if that's what you're hankering for then head here straight away. Breakfasts here are also highly recommended by me.
Some honourable mentions to two of my favourite student haunts must go to: Stag Coffee and Tucker. If you want a change of scenery and you're willing venture into Cathays and look past the takeaways and chip shops you'll find some little unique gems. Well worth a visit on a Saturday or Sunday for breakfast.
Whilst Cardiff may not be as impressive in size compared to London I certainly think that Cardiff packs a big punch when it comes to restaurants and new food places. This is just merely skimming the top on what is slowly becoming a very impressive and varied food scene. I still have so many places left to investigate and would love to hear some of your recommendations!