Cardiff is chock full of varied, great-value Indian restaurants, from the award-winning fine dining found at Moksh and Purple Poppadom, to the cheap and cheerful street-food found at Chai Street and Bwyta Bwyd Bombai.

Whether you're a fan of mild and creamy korma, or prefer your curry with a hellova lot more heat, there's bound to be an Indian restaurant in Cardiff that's has just what you fancy. 

Purple Poppadom

When someone gets around to writing a "the Big Book of Cardiff Curry", one name will be writ large. One man has changed the face of Indian dining in the city – take a bow Anand George. From his early days at Mint & Mustard to this elegant fine dining space in Canton, he has introduced the city to the flavours of Southern India: curry leaf, coconut, mustard seeds – this is a world away from your typical 'curry house'. They have taken the street-food scene by storm too, with their Tukka Tuk. With his first cookbook imminent, things are looking good for Purple Poppadom.

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Mint and Mustard

Standing proud on Whitchurch Road since 2006, Mint & Mustard is the founding father of Cardiff's high-end Southern Indian restaurant scene. Mint & Mustard is undoubtedly the place to go if you like your curries to be a little less run-of-the-mill than a chicken madras with a side of half ‘n’ half. Spices such as curry leaf, coconut, tamarind and chilli feature heavily in their prettily-plated Keralan cooking – from a starter of deep fried spinach dressed with sweet yoghurt, tangy tamarind chutney and pomegranate seeds to a long-cooked and deeply-spiced Mattancheery mutton curry.

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Keralan Karavan

Talented chef Krish Pankaj has worked in Cardiff for a number of years, having formerly owned and cooked at Spiceberry restaurant on Caroline Street. Now, he's back under his latest guise, Keralan Karavan, serving his flavoursome Indian food to Cardiff curry lovers on a more regular basis, thanks to scoring an indefinite invite to cook from the kitchen at Small Bar. That means that punters in this trendy city-centre, craft-beer bar can now expect to feast on delicious spicy treats like Keralan Fried Chicken, Malabar Chicken Curry, and veggie Rajana (kidney bean) curry whilst they sip on independent ales and craft ciders. Lush.

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Moksh

Serving authentic Indian fine dining cuisine with a contemporary and creative twist, Moksh is headed up by Mumbai-born multi award-winning chef, Stephen Gomes. Together, Stephen and his team experiment with molecular gastronomy (a.k.a food science, made famous by Heston Blumenthal) to concoct deliciously distinctive dishes. This isn’t your average curry house. You won’t find chicken tikka masala or lamb korma on this menu. Instead, choose from imaginative options like spicy prawns with aquatic sea bubbles, or lamb cheesecake with coriander chilli spheres and chilli jam. With this elaborate approach to Indian dining comes an elevated price tag, but trust us – it’s worth it.

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Chai Street

Being the baby cousin of one of Cardiff’s best independent Indian restaurants, Mint and Mustard, Chai Street was always bound for success. While Mint and Mustard serves up perfectly presented fine dining cuisine, Chai Street's four venues focus on Indian street food, simply done. Think tantalising thalis, ravishing roti wraps and moreish curries, all washed down with a hot cup of chai tea or an Indian lager. Inside each venue, Bollywood movie posters plastered over brightly coloured walls and upcycled wood help to give Chai Street that edgy street feel. With a relaxed, casual atmosphere, there’s no need to book – just turn up and tuck in!

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Bwyta Bwyd Bombai (3Bs)

Bwyta Bwyd Bombai (simply translated as "eating Bombai food") is a tapestry of spice, a celebraton of culinary colour and a street-food café in the truest sense. Here, authentic Indian lunches, mini meals and finger foods excite the tastebuds whilst imaginations echo eastwards as crisp dosas are teased apart and cutlery is all but forgotten. With service with a smile and prices that'll bring a genuine smile to your face. We're sure that you'll be back to Bwyta Bwyd Bombai before you know it.

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Vegetarian Food Studio

The Google Maps listing may describe this as a modest Indian vegetarian restaurant but it’s won awards, you know. This family-run joint is a Mecca for Cardiff’s veggies and being just a stone’s throw from the city centre, it's the place to go if you want tasty, cheap and filling grub. The restaurant is unlicenced (although it’s BYOB and there’s a corner shop two doors down) so try a mango lassi or the exotically named disco coffee. Portions are big so you might have to ask for a doggie bag. The restaurant also does takeaway if you prefer to veg out in the comfort of your own home.

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Published -30th March 2018