Wally’s Kaffehaus – Cardiff
We headed into the centre of Cardiff for breakfast this morning, and stumbled across a gem in the heart of the city. Wally’s Delicatessen and Kaffehaus is a Viennese establishment that has been trading for nearly 60 years, for very clear reasons. The goods for sale in the deli are varied and plentiful, and one could spend a lot of money buying delicious meats, cheeses and other continental goods. However, the real reason we were in Wally’s was to visit the small but perfectly formed Kaffehaus upstairs. There are a number of breakfast options available, but all three of us plumped for the Continental Breakfast Platter and a pot of tea. The platefuls that arrived were piled with a deep coloured wholemeal toast, three types of continental meat, two types of cheese, hard boiled egg and tomato. The egg and tomato gave a lovely subtle flavour, as did the emmental cheese that was on the plate. The other cheese was something sort of smokey and crumbly, and delicious on the toast. The plate also included a salami, a ham and a Parma ham which were all delicious when eaten in various combinations with the other ingredients on the plate. Add delightful staff to the awesome food, and I can safely say that this was one of the best breakfasts I’ve ever had.
Wahaca – Cardiff
I’ve been looking to try Wahaca – founded by Masterchef winner Thomasina Miers – for a long time, and today I finally visited the branch located in Cardiff. The Mexican inspired restaurant is bright and colourful, and was still busy when we entered mid-afternoon – something I took to be a good sign. The menu offers both big and small plates to be ordered as tapas – exactly how we decided to eat. As we nibbled on some tortilla chips and amazing fresh salsa, we per used the menu and chose three dishes each to share. The Pork Pilbil Tacos were advertised as spicy and so were a specific choice of dad’s. In reality the tender meat just had a slight warm glow, unlike the Chicken Tinga Tacos which had a real kick. The Chicken Caesar Tostadas were nice, but didn’t have enough oomph to compete with the delicious flavours from the other dishes. I was a fan of the Marinated Chicken Taquitos – corn tortillas filled with lime and pepper flavoured chicken, cheese and salsa, rolled and fried until crispy. Everyone enjoyed my choice of Frijoles with Chorizo – twice cooked black beans with sobrasada and chorizo oil – which had just the right amount of spice and a lot of flavour. We bravely ordered Broccoli with Green Goddess Dressing without knowing what the dressing actually was, but we didn’t regret this choice at all. The dressing tasted similar to guacamole but was smooth and cooling. One of my favourite dishes at the table was another of my own choices – Grilled Steak Tacos with Grilled Cheese and Salsa. The British beef was perfectly cooked and the roll of grilled cheese on top was crispy yet chewy at the same time. However, I think we were all in agreement that the best dishes at the table were the two quesadillas that we ordered. Both the Chipotle Chicken and Chorizo and Squash Quesadillas were gooey and umptious – they were also definitely the best value for money of all the small plates. In saying that, the price for 9 small plates plus drinks was very reasonable, and we would all return without a shadow of a doubt.