Canteen On Clifton Street

Address: 40 Clifton Street, Cardiff, CF24 1LR, Wales
Telephone: +44 29 2045 4999

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4.4

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
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Service
4
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Food and drink
4.3
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Value for money
4.7
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Ambience
4
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Location
3.5
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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

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • Foodies
  • Shopping
  • Trendiness
  • Sightseeing
  • Art

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