For the last 5 years, my mum has been mostly vegetarian (except for special occasions) and almost vegan – meaning that I am forever on the hunt for veggie-friendly meal options in my home town of Cardiff. I was therefore very excited when friends mentioned The Vegetarian Food Studio in Cardiff; a local and unassuming café promising fresh and vegan Indian fare. On a recent trip back home to see the folks, I decided to pick up a takeaway and try it for myself.
The café itself is unpretentious and a little basic, but clean and bright; the first thing I noticed when I walked in was the array of laminated press cuttings on the wall. The Vegetarian Food Studio has been featured by a number of titles including The Observer Food Monthly, Stella Magazine, The South Wales Echo and theguardian.co.uk. I found it totally charming that they had lovingly laminated each review and stuck them proudly on the wall, and it only added to my anticipation.
I ordered the selection of starters, two spinach and tomato based curries (one with tofu, one with potato) along with some methi paratha breads and plain rice. As my mum is a total wimp for spice I had to be a little careful about what I ordered, but everything was delicious despite being on the mild side – still warming and really tasty. The starters included one of the biggest onion bhajis I had ever seen, along with samosas, stuffed jalapenos and a variety of vegetable rostis. I spent just over £25 and we were all more than satisfied.
The Vegetarian Food Studio is authentic, honest and reasonably priced. If you’re ever in Cardiff and looking for something a little different from your usual take-away, I couldn’t recommend it highly enough.