The next time you’re walking around Cardiff city centre and you fancy a quick snack, why not try a sweet or savoury treat you wouldn't be able to get anywhere else in the world?
At Portuguese bakery Nata & Co, they have been infusing brand new sweet and savoury flavours with their Pasteis de Nata, (more commonly known as Portuguese egg-custard tarts), and trust us, the results – though not traditional - are completely delicious.
On the sweet side, there are five new recipes: apple & cinammon, lemon, Nutella, salted caramel and peanut butter (good lord, this one is good). The sweet varieties will also be kept in a new heated cabinet throughout the day, meaning you can now enjoy the experience of a hot, crispy Nata no matter what time of day it is, or how recently they were taken out of the oven.
On the savoury side there's a wider selection, equally divided into meat, fish and vegetarian varieties. Favourites include cheese, leek and mushroom; cod, onion and cream; and prawn and egg, but hands down the Wriggle team favourite is the Farinheira and scrambled eggs Nata; created using an authentic Portuguese smoked sausage that is lightly fried with the egg and finished with a pinch of paprika.
Filipe explained: “After seeing so many people buying our original Pastel de Nata and giving us great feedback, we thought Cardiff would be a great place to try out a new concept like this. At first we were apprehensive about straying from tradition but now we can’t get enough of them!"
Nor can we, Filipe, nor can we.
At the moment, the full range of 15 new Natas is exclusively available through the Nata & Co St David’s 2 Kiosk, which has recently been given a Lisbon-themed revamp by local foodie design agency, Haum.