Bangkok Cafe

Price guide: Mid-range

207 Cowbridge Road , Cardiff, CF11 9AJ

Price guide: Mid-range

By Dave Jenkins, your Cardiff expert

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#15 of 20
expert-rated restaurants in Cardiff
Expert overall rating:4.3 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.4
4.4
Ambience:
4
4.0
Service:
4.1
4.1
Location:
4
4.0
Value for money:
4
4.0
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Foodies, Stag / hen parties, Live entertainment, Nightlife, Shopping, Sightseeing, Trendiness

Expert review of Bangkok Cafe

Genuine Thai tucker that’s a big hit the locals.

Cardiff has more than its fair share of Thai restaurants. Some have been in business for decades, and unfortunately they’ve started to rest of their laurels a little with high price tags and lack lustre service. Bangkok Cafe bucks this trend in every way. It’s also a big hit with Thai ex-pats in the city, which is always a great sign of an authentic international restaurant.

Food and drink: 

The name says it all... Great Thai food with a strong emphasis on the popular city street food. As well as traditional standards such as pad Thai and massaman curries, there are some really tasty, zesty salads and crunchy, spicy patties so study the menu with care. As well as the standard beer and wine, they’ve curated a cool list of speciality teas, too. Flowery Jasmin or subtle lapsang are both great palate cleansers.

Recommended dishes: 

I’m a sucker for the penang ner, a crunchy dry beef curry with the perfect amount of coconut. The gai tord stir-fry comes a close second thanks to the fresh vegetables and well cooked chicken.

Ambience: 

During lunch the Bangkok Cafe serves a cool, secluded hideaway for private afternoon catch-ups while the evening is a more lively affair. It’s a small restaurant so there’s seldom an empty seat in the house, making it as bold and brash as its name suggests.

Service: 

Very attentive and happy to make recommendations if the menu’s epic selection over-faces you a little.

Location: 

Cowbridge Road is just west of the city centre. By foot it’ll take you about 20/30 minutes, or half that by cab.

Price advice: 

At £5.50, the lunch menu is incredibly reasonable. Evening meals are more expensive with the main dishes usually costing just over £11.

Tables to book: 

It's usually pretty hectic at night, so try and sit towards the back of the restaurant. The front seats at the bar are often peril to distraction thanks to their popular takeaway service.

Other useful branches: 

There is another Bangkok Cafe in Swansea if you're planning a trip further west of the country.

More information on Bangkok Cafe:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant, Takeaway
Food:
Thai
Address:
207 Cowbridge Road , Cardiff, CF11 9AJ
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Open from midday to 2.30pm for lunch from Tue to Sat. Dinner is served from 5.30pm-10pm from Tue to Thu and 5.30pm-10.30pm on Fri and Sat. Bangkok Cafe is closed on Monday.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested

Have you been to Bangkok Cafe? Would you recommended it?