The health benefits and feel-good factor of vegan and vegetarian eating have been acknowledged. Across the country and the city, you foodie fanatics have discovered that a plate of meat-free, dairy-free and even 100% plant based food can be bloody fantastic.

So keep it going! We've got a hell'a lot of Wriggles for you to relish this week, suited to plant-based, meat-free eating. 

Anna Loka

Cardiff’s first 100% vegan restaurant is run by cheerful Hare Krishna monk. Brunch is a must here, and the Cali (a vegan version of the classic full English) will cure the heaviest hangover. Grab a breakfast and fresh juice offer mid-week, and feel fabulous.

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Parc Deli

If you like being healthy, these guys are conscious of a balanced diet. If you like a treat, Parc Deli excels itself by making fine food just a little bit naughty. The veggie breakfast is a balanced plate of indulgent ingredients and nutritious additions. And watch out for the egg-free carrot cakes; they're an absolute must!

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Outpost Coffee & Vinyl

Outpost – Matt & Sophie's wondering bastion of specialty coffee and oh-so-groovy musical wax – is a very welcome addition to Cardiff. These guys do cracking coffee, and play an incredible selection of music on a lovey record player. The latest addition to mornings here is a quirky range of cereal that will delight delight your inner child - choose oat milk for a vegan dose of Lucky Charms.

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Servini's Cafe

Oh hello, Lunch! Rock up to Servini's during your mid-day break and get involved with any filled baguette or rustic Seeded roll (if you'd prefer a gluten free option). Veggie heaven in a bread bun, choose falafel, falafel, pesto mayo and rocket, or the halloumi, mushroom and garlic butter. The veggie breakfast is pretty special too.

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Jalan Malaysia

Mouthwatering ingredients, vibrant flavours, regional authenticity and contemporary street-food-style combine so convincingly at Jalan Malaysia that lovers of proper pan-Asian cuisine will be forgiven for thinking they've died and gone to Langkawi. The menu has a vegan starter of spring rolls, and one vegan-adaptable main - look out for the tofu rendang. There's even a vegan dessert made with luscious coconut milk.

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Time & Beef

Don't let the name put you off. With a build-your-own approach to creating your perfect patty + bun combination, the kitchen caters to both vegans and vegetarians. Vegetarians should take advantage of the takeaway cheeseburger lunch and fill a bun with a choice of black bean and chipotle, oyster mushroom & hickory barbecue, or chickpea and sweet potato. Vegans will enjoy the four bean burger with either a potato and mixed grain brown bun.

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Kemi's

Vegans and vegetarians are celebrated, not sidelined, by this menu. Lunch is wholesome, plant-based and delicious here. Examples of salad dishes include peach and daikon (that’s a type of radish to you and us), cauliflower tabbouleh with broad beans and apple, and rainbow chard with squash and figs. These flagship salads are all veggie (and mostly vegan).

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29 Park Place

Head to 29 Park Place and start tucking into their Falafel Burger (made with a mix of chickpeas, tomato, garlic, onion, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, courgettes, aubergines, onion rings and the cheekiest helping of hummus), classic skin-on-fries AND a cold bottle of Heineken or Sol. It's a welcome study or remote working retreat by day (while the coffee is flowing), its nice-and-buzzy later in the evening (the staff pride themselves on their imaginative bar snacks and delicious cocktails for good reason) and there's always an excited huddle of people flitting between the tables ... table football, table tennis and, of course, computer game tables. We'll see you there for a nibble, a drink and some multiplayer MarioKart.

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Atma

Now in their new home in the Capitol Centre Atma still remains a sacred space where conscious living combines itself with wholesome and nutritious food. Run by the Hare Krishna's of Cardiff Atma is more than just a conscious living lifestyle lounge. Serving an Ahimsa vegetarian and vegan menu theres something for everyone. Atma’s mission is to satisfy the bodies, minds and souls of the people of Cardiff. Or in other words, to make everyone happy. With devotional Dahl and supreme subji's Atmas food will revive the soul and satisfy your appetite!

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Milgi

Milgi serves up everyday plant based eating with style. The 100% vegetarian lounge uses seasonal ingredients to make pretty platefuls of nourishing food including soups, salads and superfood smoothies. For the less virtuous, there are burritos and beer-battered halloumi and chips, and an eye-watering selection of vegan cake. At night-time, Cardiff’s cool cats hang out and sip cocktails but don't be put off by the hipster vibe; grab a drink and join in – or just people-watch to your heart’s content. The menu pairs flavours with flair and creations include mozzarella on toast with pink grapefruit and watermelon margaritas. It’s not cheap but the quality speaks for itself and a study of the menu will give you lots of ideas to spice up your own cooking. Do try this at home.

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Mae Maria

Good Portuguese cuisine is simple, delicious, founded on traditional recipes and full of tantalising morsels from the surf and the turf. Great Portuguese cuisine goes one step further: it warms your heart, flashes a smile across your face, brings back memories and makes you feel like you're sat around the dining table at home. Offering a lovely veggie or began main with a drink deal, you can dine like a king whilst keeping an eye on those pennies.

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Society Standard

Society Standard is the third offering from the team behind The Bristol-Born Urban Standard (after Urban and North St, respectively). Like it's elder Standard brethren across the Severn, Society Standard takes inspiration from the industrial-chic feel of New York's Lower East Side. Whilst they do a great meat based sharing board its the vegan one that get our pulses racing. Groaning under copious amounts of food you can expect Muhammara with walnuts & Za'atar flatbread; Tempura sweet potato & broccoli with pomegranate molasses; Grilled aubergine & rocket salad with tahini; Gordal olives & marinated artichokes. All served with 2 top-notch Society Standard cocktails.

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Published - 15th February 2017