Bored of the food at your local and want to try something a bit different? My regular round-up of Cardiff’s most interesting up and coming, pop-ups, menus and events might help…
Kicking off with November and there’s five courses of fine dining in an old library, vegan junk food in a Pontcanna pub, and a new street-food venue that’s definitely worth a look. Enough to fix even the very worst cases of foodie fatigue!
1. Authentic Mumbai street food from Gourmet Guru
Chef Stephen Gomes has recently taken over the former Pizza Pronto shipping container in Cardiff Bay, transforming it into a colourful kitchen serving authentic Mumbai-style street food. Stephen was recently crowned the ‘Outstanding Asian and Oriental Chef of the Year 2017’ at the Asian and Oriental Chef Awards in London, so when I heard about his new venture, I figured that it would be good. I was right! If you’re heading to Cardiff Bay soon, drop in to Gourmet Guru and try the ‘Vada Pav‘ which is like a mini Indian veggie burger (£3) or the ‘Misal Pav’, a curry soup served with bread and a bombay-mix topping (£3).
2. A seasonal supper with Green City Events
At Green City Events‘ Secret Squirrel supperclubs, guests are treated to a relaxed evening of eating, cooking, and learning at a secret location in Pontcanna. The feast itself is always provided by Lia’s Kitchen, who this month, will be rustling up some warming Autumnal dishes, inspired by the rich flavours and colours of the season.
Every guest at a Secret Squirrel Supperclub is also invited to suggest a skill that they might want to share with everyone else on the night. If you’re a dab hand at pickling or preserving; a master at butchery or bread-making; or an expert gardener or grower; be sure to speak up! Guests also get the chance to help prepare some of the dishes on the night, learn some of Lia’s culinary tips and take some of the ideas back to their own kitchens. Tickets costs £15.95 and are available from Eventbrite.
3. An express lunch (with sherry!) from Bar 44
6th – 12th November
The new ‘express lunch’ menu from Bar 44 means you can now get two plates of tapas from a selected menu for just £8, or four plates for £16. Whilst the express menu will run indefinitely on weekdays, my advice is tie your visit in with Bar 44’s National Sherry Week. Dine between 6th – 12th of November you can try a sherry flight (3 different sherries for £7.50), or sip on one of their new sherry cocktails whilst enjoying your £8 bargain lunch!
Bar 44’s love for sherry stems from owner Owen Morgan, who is one of the very few Official Sherry Educators in the UK. To find out about the other Bar 44 events, tastings and masterclasses running from the 6th, visit: www.bar44.co.uk/sherry-week.
4. Greazy vegan food at The Robin Hood
When you think of pub food, “vegan” won’t be the first word that comes to mind. However, Cardiff based pop-up Greazy Vegan aim to change all of that with a pop-up at Pontcanna’s Robin Hood pub. Their aim is to convince anyone who might be thinking of going vegan that they won’t need to give up on their favourite junk foods, so expect burgers, hot dogs and ‘fried chickun’ on the menu. The event on the 12th is currently fully booked, but keep an eye on Greazy Vegan’s Facebook page for any last minute ticket releases: www.facebook.com/GreazyVegan.
5. Five courses of fine food from Cegin Burlington
Chefs Wil Atkinson and Gareth Dobbs are the duo behind Cegin Burlington – a fine dining catering business who have started holding monthly pop-up events at the spacious and airy Llaeth & Siwgr in Cardiff’s Old Library. Gareth has previously worked at top London restaurants including Petrus and Le Gavroche, and most recently Cardiff’s Barley and Rye. With partner Wil, the duo are aiming to “build on Cardiff’s emerging foodie scene and deliver a pop up restaurant that celebrates the best in Welsh produce.” I was lucky enough to attend the first pop-up last month and sample the most succulent lobster tail served with a lobster cheesecake!
Tickets for the second pop-up at Llaeth & Siwgar are £55, or £75 for a wine pairing with each course, which I highly recommend. To purchase yours, send them a DM at www.facebook.com/ceginburlingtonfd. I’ll be posting a full review of my Cegin Burlington experience on the blog soon, so if you like the sound of this, keep your eyes peeled.
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