Kismet

Price guide: Budget

24 City Road, Cardiff, CF24 3DL

Price guide: Budget

Kismet exterior

By Dave Jenkins, your Cardiff expert

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#16 of 20
expert-rated restaurants in Cardiff
Expert overall rating:4.1 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.1
4.1
Ambience:
4.4
4.4
Service:
4.5
4.5
Location:
4
4.0
Value for money:
4.6
4.6
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Couples, Stag / hen parties, Live entertainment, People watching, Shopping, Sightseeing

Expert review of Kismet

A Cardiff curry house institution

Cardiff is happily crammed with great curry houses. From the traditional, late Friday night stop-ins, to the more exciting, chic contemporary establishments, this city is blessed with Baltis. Kismet falls into the cosy, reliable charms of the former category, but it does it so well, it’s famed throughout the city and known by everyone.

Food and drink: 

Korma, bhoona, kofta, biriani... It’s the menu of a million other Indian restaurants. But Kismet are consistent and reliable with their traditional dishes; not too saucy and evidence of fresh vegetables help their famed reputation. Prices are bafflingly cheap too; main dishes seldom go over £5.

Recommended dishes: 

It’s a classic restaurant so go for a classic dish. The jalfrezi is a fine example; it’s peppy, fruity and decorated with fresh chillies. Those after a smoother, less fearsome plate should head for the creamy kofta korma. Their tarka dal is an essential side dish.

Ambience: 

Lively and loud revellery abounds at Kismet leaving many of its neighbours looking a little empty and forlorn. Friday nights are especially buzzy, it’s ideal for an end-of-night climax with friends.

Service: 

Chirpy and relaxed. Being a popular late night curry house, Kismet have dealt with all manner of drunken tongues and can engage in any level of banter as a result. The ever-beaming, distinctively bearded proprietor is a permanent fixture front of house and he seldom forgets a face.

Location: 

City Road is 10 minutes east of the city centre in Roath. If you’re staying anywhere central it’s an easy walk or short cab ride.

Price advice: 

Cheap: A four course meal deal with selected dishes (starter, main, rice and naan) is yours for £5!

More information on Kismet:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Restaurant, Takeaway
Food:
British, Indian
Address:
24 City Road, Cardiff, CF24 3DL
Telephone:
+44 29 2048 1665
Website:
http://www.kismetindiancuisine.co.uk/
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Open daily from 12pm to 2am
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not necessary

Have you been to Kismet? Would you recommended it?