Kismet

Address: 24 City Road, Cardiff, CF24 3DL, Wales
Telephone: +44 29 2048 1665

- Budget

4.1

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
4.1
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Service
4.5
90%
Food and drink
4.1
90%
Value for money
4.6
90%
Ambience
4.4
90%
Location
4
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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!

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Couples
  • Stag / hen parties
  • Live entertainment
  • People watching
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing

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