Canteen On Clifton Street

Price guide: Budget

40 Clifton Street, Cardiff, CF24 1LR

Price guide: Budget

Canteen On Clifton Street exterior

By Dave Jenkins, your Cardiff expert

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#12 of 20
expert-rated restaurants in Cardiff
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.3
4.3
Ambience:
4
4.0
Service:
4
4.0
Location:
3.5
3.5
Value for money:
4.7
4.7
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Foodies, Art, Shopping, Sightseeing, Trendiness

Expert review of Canteen On Clifton Street

A slow-cooked city secret that excels its humble name

Don’t be fooled by the name, Canteen is a far cry from chips and hotdogs. Their chef Wayne Thomas changes the menu every fortnight, each dish spinning a fun twist on a recognisable recipe. With a strong emphasis on vegetarian and local produce, I love this progressive independent bistro - it’s a jewel in an oft-ignored neighbourhood’s crown.

Food and drink: 

There’s usually just three or four dishes per course, Canteen seem to identify a taste to suit everyone, every time they change the menu. Expect a good balance of hearty and spicy, international and traditional. Their drink menu proudly sports some of the country’s local whiskey and beers, too.

Recommended dishes: 

Every visit is different thanks to the fortnightly selection shuffle. My last visit involved a terrific Thai beetroot, coconut and black cumin soup, so that’s recommended if you see it pop up on the menu again!

Ambience: 

The mood is always relaxed and light hearted. Privacy can be found over the small tables, even when it’s pretty busy.

Service: 

The staff are always chirpy and informal without being professional. The menu’s slim choices ensure speedy table service too.

Location: 

Clifton Street has recently been made one way and it’s had a strange effect on the once lively, hectic road. Now depleted in vibrancy and character, it’s not one of Cardiff’s best thoroughfares but it’s only a 20 minute walk from the city centre or about half that in a cab.

Price advice: 

Three courses will cost you £14.50

More information on Canteen On Clifton Street:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Bistro, Diner, Restaurant
Food:
Fusion, International, Traditional, Vegetarian
Address:
40 Clifton Street, Cardiff, CF24 1LR
Telephone:
+44 29 2045 4999
Website:
http://www.canteenoncliftonstreet.com
Serves:
Dinner
Opening times:
Open from 7pm Thursday - Saturday
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested

Have you been to Canteen On Clifton Street? Would you recommended it?