Rockin' Chair

Price guide: Budget

62-64 Lower Cathedral Road, Cardiff, CF11 6LT

Price guide: Budget

By Dave Jenkins, your Cardiff expert

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#10 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
4.4
Service:
4.2
4.2
Location:
4.2
4.2
Value for money:
4.6
4.6
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Culture vultures, First-time travellers, Singles, Art, Live entertainment, Nightlife, People watching, Trendiness

Expert review of Rockin' Chair

Traditional Caribbean cuisine in a cult Cardiff nightspot

Rockin’ Chair lounges proudly on the grounds of one of Cardiff’s most infamous underground drinking dens, Rajahs. Once a dingy dance hall/pool club for all misfits, waifs and strays, it’s now a homely, laid back bar with a clutch of mini dining tables at the back, a small stage for reggae and open mic nights and some fine authentic cooking.

Food and drink: 

Open from 2pm to late night, Rockin’ Chair’s menu suits any hour of the day; the small but perfectly formed menu serves nothing but simple, tasty Caribbean food such as plantains, jerk chicken, oxtail and really fluffy peas and rice.

Recommended dishes: 

A sign of a good Caribbean restaurant has to be the quality of their jerk seasoning. Their chicken is perfect – not too sweet, not too spicy and satisfyingly sticky. Looking for a more wholesome brew? Head for the Caribbean soup, but watch out for the dumplings – they take over the bowl!

Ambience: 

Memorably mellow; the locals chatter and giggle at the bar as dub and reggae music eases away in the background.

Service: 

Relaxed and friendly. Rockin Chair is just as much a bar as it is a restaurant but that doesn’t detract from their attentive service.

Location: 

Rockin’ Chair is just east of the centre in Riverside, a five minute walk of the station or stadium.

Price advice: 

All main meals are under £10, most are only £6

More information on Rockin' Chair :

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Bar, Café, Diner
Food:
British, Caribbean
Address:
62-64 Lower Cathedral Road, Cardiff, CF11 6LT
Telephone:
+44 29 2064 4150
Website:
http://www.rockin-chair.co.uk
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Open from 2pm till late
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not necessary

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