Milgi Beans on Polenta Toast with Halloumi

Sunday Roast at Milgi Lounge, Cardiff

I celebrated my… twenty-somethingth birthday over the weekend (I’m not telling you how old I am, it’s not an age that sounds fun anymore). As I am currently living in London again during the week, this was a good excuse for me to go bouncing back to Cardiff on the train for a weekend of debauchery with my oldest, nearest and dearest friends. It was also an excuse for me to demand that my Mum and Dad buy me a lovely big fat roast dinner to soak up my birthday hangover on the Sunday. Gotta love Birthdays.

I’d been meaning to try the Sunday Roast at Milgi for absolutely AGES. It came runner up for Best Sunday Lunch in Wales in the Observer Food Monthly Awards 2013 which is pretty epic for a vegetarian restaurant. Plus, I just love the vibe and the ethos of the place, even more-so because it’s on one of the, er, grottier streets of Roath, Cardiff – better known for it’s dodgy kebab houses than it’s ethical, sustainable little arty cafe bars.

The Milgi Seasonal Nut Roast
The Milgi Seasonal Nut Roast

To cut a long story short, it did not disappoint. We dined on the £8.95 nut roast which changes with the seasons – ours came with paprika roast potatoes, chard, pumpkin mash, a yorkshire pud and tomato gravy. At first, I thought the portion looked a bit small for a person with a hangover of the proportions that I was enduring, but I was very wrong – hearty, wholesome fare such as this ain’t half filling! I appreciate that in this pic it all looks a bit orange, but I foolishy got excited with the gravy boat before remembering I had blogger duties to perform! That’s what happens when you have a birthday hangover.

Milgi Beans on Polenta Toast with Halloumi
Milgi Beans on Polenta Toast with Halloumi

My sister, who also dined with us, eats like a bird. Still, she overestimated her appetite and chose the Milgi baked beans on polenta ‘toast’, adding grilled halloumi to it too. I had a bite and it was lovely – the beans were smokey and soft, and the polenta ‘toast’ made an unusual change to the usual offering. She didn’t finish it though. We finished our dinner at Milgis with a round of tea, but my boyfriend chose coffee smoothie from the blackboard, which contained avocado and organic ice-cream. Despite the fact that it made his mouth itch (he’s allergic to avocados) he absolutely loved it!

Milgi is such a special place. From the yurt in the garden filled with fairy lights and soft seating, to the DJ booth at the door spinning easy Sunday tunes on the day we visited, to the fair-trade cocktails served until late – this place has something for everyone. Jumble sales, craft evenings, curry nights and more make up the monthly calendar of events, and it all takes place in this cosy den of mismatched furniture, bright wallpaper and friendly staff.

I love this place. Go, and and you will love it too.

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