Not eating meat doesn't have to mean forgoing the flavour. Here, we've picked eight Cardiff restaurants where you can be guaranteed a meat-free meal that's still gosh-damn delicious - most are even vegan-friendly, too. 

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 delicious 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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Milgi @ Cardiff Market

The two Milgi sisters Gabby and Bec (famously known for creating the original Milgi's on City Road,) have now set up shop in the heart of the City, serving up their plant-based goodness made fresh in front of you at Cardiff Victorian Market. Exposed brick and Himalayan lamps set the scene for Milgi's earthy ethos. Alongside the deli counter serving up fresh 'whole food' bowls, you cal also find their lifestyle shop, making it super simple to pick up staples like pink salt, vegan aioli, homemade hummus, and sauerkraut.

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Anna Loka

Cardiff’s first 100% vegan restaurant is run by cheerful chappie, Adam, who also happens to be a Hare Krishna monk. He’s here to offer customers compassionate food choices without compromising on quality or taste – and if the Trip advisor reviews are anything to go by, it’s working. Even the most militant of meat eaters will be licking their plates after a meal here. Weekend brunch is a must and the Cali, a vegan version of the classic full English, will cure the heaviest hangover. There’s more healthy but hearty grub on the menu in the form of salads, wraps, burgers, curries, cakes and more; trust us, you’ll drool just looking at the menu. There are plenty of gluten free options available too.

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Blanche Bakery

Devilishly delicious cakes, warm doughnuts glazed to within a sugary inch of their lives, and some of the finest cruelty-free cupcakes you're ever likely to go weak at the knees over... this is Blanche Bakery. What started as a passion project with an ethical message (striving to create cruelty-free food that everyone can enjoy without compromising on taste or quality) has quietly grown into one of Cardiff's bootstrapped foodie success stories. Blanche Bakery's 100% soya free and 100% vegan treats can now be found at their permanent Roath home.

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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, 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, Atma's food will revive the soul and satisfy your appetite!

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Crumbs Kitchen

Crumbs has long been a popular haunt for Cardiff’s vegetarians. Located in one of the capital’s bustling Victorian arcades, entering this family-run cafe is like stepping into someone’s kitchen. Crumbs serves up healthy but hearty comfort food – think salad bowls, baked potatoes and generous portions of veggie curry with brown rice – so a trip here is the foodie equivalent of a big hug. Everything is vegetarian with plenty of vegan and gluten free options; cakes, hot drinks and fresh juices, plus porridge and eggs on toast for breakfast. Perfect for a quick shopping pit stop or for whiling away an afternoon by getting stuck into a good book.

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Vegetarian Food Studio

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; if you want tasty, cheap and filling grub, you’ve come to the right place. The restaurant is un-licenced so try a mango lassi or the exotically named disco coffee (although it’s BYOB and there’s a corner shop two doors down if that really doesn't tickle your pickle). Portions are big, so you might have to ask for a doggie bag, but the restaurant also does takeaway if you prefer to veg out in the comfort of your own home.

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The Moos

This plant-based cafe and coffee shop is proof that veggie food can be downright delicious. Think smoothie bowls, cakes, a fresh salad bar, loads of wraps and sarnies, and lovely coffee to boot. Partners Rhys and Amy have done an amazing job transforming what used to be a fireplace shop into a lovely welcoming space where you can drop by for a quick coffee, or stay a while over a long lunch.

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Published -15th May 2018