Cardiff's worst kept food secret has to be Cardiff Street Food at The Depot.
First of all there are no directions to the place. "It's in a warehouse somewhere on Dumballs Road" people kept telling me. For all you non Cardiffians, Dumballs Road is a rather sketchy road behind the train station. Not somewhere you want to walk down alone in the darkness but for the promise of amazing street food a couple of my friends and I headed down on Saturday evening to eat all the food and watch the rugby.
Cardiff Street Food takes place in a warehouse that looks like it should belong in a horror film. You walk through the entrance and the smell hits your straight away. The place looks absolutely fantastic. There are palettes and tables everywhere for people to sit on and despite the warehouse it feels very cosy and atmospherical.
Of course it took us ages to decide what to eat. My little brother (who was with me for the weekend) made a beeline for the burritos. After much deliberation I ended up having the best hot dog of my life from Haut Dogs: sausage, sweet onions, mustard and spicy Sriracha sauce plus popping candy. HEAVEN. My mouth is watering just typing this. In the end we all ended up eating this and the verdict was: delicious. Quite hard to eat but that's all part of the fun as far as I'm concerned. Washed down with a hearty mojito I was a happy bunny but far from finished.
So what I really came for was the Brûlée Bar. Honestly these ladies have stumbled onto something amazing. They had prepared all the crème brûlées and torched them ready to order for you adding any toppings that you wanted. I of course couldn't just decide on one so I settled for the Moon Pie (crème brûlée with toasted marshmallows, crumble and berry compote) and an original crème brûlée. All were well received by the girls. I want more.
There were so many stalls that I hadn't even touched such as Meat & Greek, Dough Boys and Dirty Bird. What a shame I'll have to go again. Which I'm planning to. Next Saturday. This was such a great evening and it's fantastic to see Cardiff but something like this on, we have such amazing people and food here and it's amazing to see independents be represented so well. There are also several bars offering cocktails and beers to suit every taste.
I was worried that this would be a very hipster Urban Outfitters affair with lots of facial hair about the place. But actually there were all sorts of different people, kids are allowed before 7:30 so there were lots of families with young kids and even older couples who'd come down to Cardiff for the rugby. This is a great place to people watch and soak up the great atmosphere, it's super relaxed and friendly. No better place to be on a weekend as far as I'm concerned.
Cardiff Street Food is on every Friday and Saturday until 31st December 6pm-11pm, entry is free before 7:30 and it's £2 after. Get here early to grab a seat and avoid having to queue, but when you do bare in mind that's the nature of street food. Everything is frehsly made and it will be worth the wait!
I'm praying and hoping this is something that continues in the new year as well, it really brings something exciting to Cardiff.