They say the key to a man's heart is through his stomach. Let dad know you really care by taking him out for a slap up brunch, a leisurely lunch, or a sumptuous supper at one of these great Cardiff independents. 

Walk into Garlands and it’s a bit like going back in time. Hidden away in Duke Street Arcade and a stone’s throw away from the castle, Garlands has been serving coffee, cake – and cawl – for over 65 years. Glamorgan sausages and Welsh rarebit may be firm favourites but local ingredients are also used to create classics with a twist, like pulled-pork pancakes. Treat your dad to the weekend brunch of dreams this Father's Day with a dreamy Wriggle deal - choose any of Garlands' delectable homemade topped pancakes, and give him a glass of fizz to sip on too! All you need to do is take your pick from the following mouthwatering toppings - streaky bacon, scrambled eggs and maple flavour syrup; grilled halloumi, scrambled eggs, maple flavour syrup; Tennessee style pulled pork and maple flavour syrup; or homemade fruit compote.

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This light and airy café, based on the second (and top) floor of the building boasts triple heigh ceilings, giant Victorian sash windows and an all-white aesthetic - an Instagrammer's dream. Thanks to having a full chef's kitchen (open to the restaurant so you can watch them work) the cafe serves up an ever changing menu of breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes, as well as made-to-order sandwiches and salads. This Father's Day treat dad to a freshly made Bloody Mary, and one of the following delectable brunch options: crushed avocado & poached egg with fresh chilli on thick toast or an English muffin; seeded scrambled eggs, sliced avocado & harissa buttered toast; eggs benedict (with crispy back bacon) served on English muffin or toast; or eggs royale (with smoked salmon) served with English muffin or toast.

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Established back in 2012 within the picturesque Castle walls of Bute Park's gatehouse, Pettigrew’s period setting is matched perfectly by its quintessentially eclectic crockery and selection of chinaware from times gone by. Understandably, afternoon tea is a pretty big deal at Pettigrew’s (they're famous throughout Wales, don't you know, and the best tables are often booked out well in advance). But it's not all about tea, cake and lazy lunches. The stonking Welsh breakfasts (served with freshly baked laverbread scones, obviously) are game-changing in this part of town. Treat dad to an early brekkie overlooking the park for just £7.95 with this Wriggle deal.

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Set cheek by jowl with the city centre's thicket of concrete commercialism, Buffalo is a welcome departure from the norm in this part of town - the sort of eye-catching indie that'll have you saying "bi-son" to the likes of Wetherspoons' Central Bar across the road in no time at all. Head to Buffalo Bar with dad this weekend to feast on three of Buffalo's new 'small plates' - best enjoyed in the sunny beer garden. Take your pick from: buttermilk chicken with pickled radish; hummus with za'atar and pitta bread; sticky BBQ ribs with sesame; grilled sweetcorn with herb butter; sweet potato fries; tomato & cucumber salad with pomegranate molasses, sumac and mint; halloumi fries; or crispy sichuan pepper tofu with sesame & soy. Don't forget to claim a refreshing beer from the bar (a pint of Kronenburg or Amstel) too!

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Servini’s has been around for nearly fifty years in Wyndham Arcade (the oldest arcade in Cardiff, no less), so there's a whole lotta history in this room. With a team boasting over 45 years experience, they offer freshly cooked food in a cosy, comfortable environment. The Servini's Bloody Mary is a healthy splash of vodka, lashings of tomato juice and a sharp squeeze of lemon rounded off with a touch of Tobasco, Worcestershire Sauce and a pinch or two of seasoning. Lush. Their veggie option includes a homemade nut roast, but there's plenty of choice for meat eaters too. Think tender pulled chicken with stuffing, succulent roast pork with crackling, or roast beef with a Yorkshire pud for £1 extra. If you want to go the whole hog - you an get a trio of all three meats for £3 extra (with all the trimmings!) - go on, you know dad will love you for it!

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This lovely little family deli, named Rouge after the famous red hair of owner Jane, lies quietly in the sleepy, leafy back streets of Roath. It's in its eighth year of service and has built up a seriously loyal local following in that time, with everybody from hungry students to thirsty Sunday congregations squeezed around the polka-dot table tops. Take dad here for a Sunday dinner served up inside a giant roast pud – just like Mum used to make! Expect succulent, juicy cuts of meat, the finest trimmings, and lashings of gravy. The menu changes regularly depending on what's at its best each week, switching between beef, lamb and chicken. There's also a vegetarian option available every week, too. Top it all off with a glass of house wine – you can choose red or white – and that's Father's Day sorted.

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Society Standard is the third offering from the team behind The Bristol-Born Urban Standard, and takes inspiration from the industrial-chic feel of New York's Lower East Side. This Sunday, bring your 'daddy cool' here for a chance to dive into a sumptuous spread of four small plates, chosen from Society Standard's new and utterly inviting summer menu. Pick four of the following: seasonal soup with warm bread and butter; herby houmous with micro herbs and za'atar flat bread; cauliflower pakora with Keralan curry sauce and tomato chutney; creole prawns and grits; pork loin ribs in sticky BBQ sauce with smoked potato salad; fried whitebait with smoked paprika and aioli; sauteed chorizo with red wine, confit garlic and warm sourdough; smoked mackerel paté with caper berries, cucumber salad and toasted sourdough - or lamb meatballs with spiced tomato sauce, feta cheese and za'taar.

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With the quality of French patisserie being knocked out by Cocorico you could be easily forgiven for thinking you’re sat in a trendy Paris cafe. But no, this is Whitchurch Road, and the artisan behind Cocorico’s cracking pastries is Frenchman Laurian Veaudour - but it’s not just the patisserie which is on point. Coffee is first rate, sandwiches are served on house pretzel buns and the brunch dishes are fantastic. Treat dad to one of the following this Sunday - smoked haddock bubble & squeak, with wilted kale, mustard cream & poached egg; sweet potato rosti, with smoky baked beans, smashed avocado & fried egg; toasted sourdough topped with smashed avocado & a poached egg; or buttered chesnut mushrooms on toasted sourdough with halloumi & cream.

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Published -14th June 2018