Whether you're watching your wallet or just a fan of a very particular tipple, being able to bring in a bottle of something from home when eating out always feels like a bit of a treat. You feel a little bit naughty, you save a few quid, and you can drink EXACTLY what you fancy. 

Luckily there'll be no sneaky swigging from brown paper bags at any of these local Cardiff establishments; they all actively encourage you to bring a bottle of whatever you like - the only thing left to do next is chow down!

This family-run joint is Mecca for Cardiff’s veggies and just a stone’s throw from the city centre. The kitchen cooks fresh and authentic Indian dishes and if you want tasty, cheap and filling grub, you’ve come to the right place. There’s also an Indian snack bar, serving up treats like multi-coloured crisps and a variety of homemade traditional sweets, many of which are vegan. The restaurant is un-licenced, but encourages BYOB and there’s a corner shop two doors down - perfect. Portions are big so you might have to ask for a doggie bag, and the restaurant also does takeaway if you prefer to veg out in the comfort of your own home.

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At first impressions, this unsuspecting restaurant may look plain and simple, but the food here is anything but. As the name suggests, The Hellenic Eatery offers the very best of age-old Greek cuisine. Almost everything on the menu has been marinated for at least 2 hours, before being grilled on a skewer. Set up by Greek duo, Michalis Papadakis and Pavlos Ktistakis, The Hellenic Eatery is a family affair. Visiting the restaurant, you too are made to feel like part of the family; not only do Michalis and Pavlos want you to experience great Greek food, they want you to have a genuinely good time.

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This is a place to kick back, enjoy heartily made grub and soak in the youthful ambience of an area sited smack-bang between Cardiff's vibrant student quarter and the beautiful Blackweir Fields. Tuck into thick milkshakes and devilishly designed dogs (all of which are packed with high-grade-super-pork from Native Gloucester Breeds reared on small farms). Think generous amounts of toppings and soft brioche buns Allen's Bakery - you're onto a winner. Corkage is even free here!

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The team at award-winning Da MARA certainly know how to impress... With seasonal Italian dishes and specially selected wines to suit, Da MARA is an Italian food lover's dream. Colourful artsy interiors transport you from the streets of Cardiff to warmth of Naples; and the pizzas are to die for, too. For the true pizza fanatics who also have a sweet tooth, indulge in their pizza al cioccolato pronta for dessert - trust us when we say you will not be disappointed.

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Viva la Sicilia! This authentic Italian sits proudly on Wellfield road, you can't miss its large steamy window that lights up at night by flickering candles. Walk into this cwtchy quaint restaurant with wooden floors and mismatched furniture, and you'll feel more like you're dining in Grandma's kitchen in Palermo than the capital of Wales! It's real and rustic, and you can sip on a glass of your own, very cheap wine whilst Chef Marco cooks up your Pasta and Pizza right in front of you.

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Pizza lovers are in for a treat with a trip over to Roath Park, where they'll find the beautiful little Anatoni's Pizzeria. Honestly, is there anything in the world better than sitting down with your best mates, a few bottles of beer, and tucking into a tableful of delicious, freshly cooked pizza? We really don't think so, although we are simple creatures here at Wriggle...

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Kumar’s simple décor is all part of the charm of this City Road restaurant, where it’s all about the southern Indian food and not about the fripperies. Bring your own booze or order a refreshing mango lassi and sit yourself down for an Indian meal like nowhere else in Cardiff. Indo-Chinese classics like cauliflower Manchurian and chilli paneer are heady with soy and chilli, whilst crisp and paper thin dosas are served with comforting lentil sambal and creamy coconut chutney. But it’s their lamb kothu parotta which is the pick of the bunch, combining finely chopped flaky bread, yielding lamb, fragrant curry leaf, egg, red onion and tomatoes.

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Mowlana is one of those real hidden gems that you'll be over the moon to discover. Tucked away on Four Elms Road, this Persian restaurant has built a loyal following among those who know it. Traditional stews are always worth a try, but the grilled chicken, more tender than your lover's kiss, is the city's best. Naan breads come in cubit lengths for arcane measurement fans, and the welcome is always exemplary. Try the joojeh (chicken kebab) – it's impossible to leave this place hungry, or to feel out of pocket! Corkage is free, too, so you're onto a winner.

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Beloved by its loyal fanbase of locals in Canton, Sen BBQ serves up some of the finest, most authentic Turkish cuisine you can get your hands on in Cardiff. Although SEN BBQ is best known for its kebabs, vegans can also enjoy some of the restaurant’s tasty Turkish treats, too – just ask the lovely waiting team what they recommend. Everything’s super cheap – and all the cheaper given that you can bring your own booze.

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Published -28th May 2019