With its heady aromas of lemongrass, coconut, lime leaf, chili and cilantro, Thai cuisine is one of the tastiest around.
From pad thai and green curry to tom yum soup and green papaya salad, you’re guaranteed to have daring dishes with a heavy dose of herbs and spices.
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Here are, in no particular order, 11 of the best places to eat Thai food in Cardiff.
1. Thai Brother
One of the stars of Cardiff’s street food scene, Brother Thai’s Roti Bar offers a very different take on Thai cuisine. Their signature puff and butter roasts are served with a range of spice-laden toppings including sticky spicy beef and roasted jackfruit, while sides include Thai-style fried chicken and crispy mushroom larb.
Or: 35 Whitchurch Road, Cardiff CF14 3JN
2. Hug Paeng
Operating from a residential house on a side street in Roath, Hug Paeng’s compact menu focuses on excellent red and green chicken curries. The secret to their success lies in their homemade curry pastes made from fresh herbs, some of which are imported from Thailand.
Or: 23 Donald Street, Cardiff CF24 4TJ
3. Moo Moo Thai Tapas
This City Road restaurant actually serves a menu of starters and main courses instead of tapas. But, name issues aside, they serve delicious Thai food with standout dishes including an incredibly crispy and tender duck breast bathed in a panang curry sauce and a lamb shank massaman curry.
Or: 244 City Road, Cardiff CF24 3JJ
4. Malai Thai
One of the most recent additions to downtown Cardiff, Caroline Street’s Malai Thai has just three tables. They serve a great value lunch for £ 6.99, but if you want to explore their larger menu, the dishes include stuffed chicken wings and crispy sea bass with tamarind sauce.
Or: 33 Caroline Street, Cardiff CF10 1FF
5. Bangkok Cafe
A long-standing element of the Cardiff restaurant scene, the bright and modern interior of the Bangkok Cafe is a good match for their cuisine with bold flavors. Each dish is served with several components, for example, the roasted duck with basil and chili is accompanied by yellow rice and steamed green vegetables with a coconut vinaigrette.
Or: 207 Cowbridge Road East, Cardiff CF11 9AJ
The Crwys Road TukTuk recently underwent an interior makeover with exposed brickwork and plants hanging from the ceiling. That means it’s now a popular choice among Cardiff Instagrammers, and photos of the restaurant’s decor are just as coveted as photos of their dishes.
Or: 22 Crwys Road, Cardiff CF24 4NL
7. Chili Basil
This small, basic City Road restaurant serves classics that are great value for money. A special highlight is their ferociously spicy and lemony green papaya salad.
Or: 232 City Road, Cardiff CF24 3JH
8. Asian Thai delicacies
A Cardiff market stall, the Thai Asian Delish is a delicious lunch stopper. Their Pad Thai will set you back just £ 5.50, while a Massaman curry with rice, fries or half and half costs just £ 5.60.
Or: 13 Central Market, Cardiff CF10 1AU
9. Thai Praya
This downtown Thai restaurant has been a low-key arrival on the Cardiff restaurant scene since it opened last year. Visitors praised it as a “hidden gem” serving “super authentic Thai” cuisine. Their menu options include minced chicken and a Thai herb salad and a Thai sirloin steak.
Or: 22-24 Churchill Way, Cardiff CF10 2DY
10. Nok and Roni
Nok and Roni can be found at street food and pop-up events in South Wales, where they serve Thai curries and falafel-filled pita breads. Named after its owners, Nok takes care of Thai cuisine while Roni’s specialty is falafel.
Or: Roath and Riverside Markets and South Wales
11. Thai village
Located in Whitchurch, Thai Village has won several awards under its old name of Thai Lounge. Popular classics on the menu include tamarind duck, massaman curry, and king prawn pad thai.
Or: 73B Merthyr Road, Cardiff CF14 1DD
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