Bangkok Cafe

Address: 207 Cowbridge Road, Cardiff, CF11 9AJ, Wales
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- Mid-range

4.3

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.

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Service
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Value for money
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Location
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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.

Branches

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

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • Foodies
  • Stag / hen parties
  • Live entertainment
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping
  • Trendiness
  • Sightseeing

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