Cardiff's hottest culinary creations are here on Wriggle. From banging burgers to sumptuous steaks, we've sourced  some of the best in the 'Diff for you to sample. 

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A beefy burger, double-fried-side + a beer @ The Flora

Since the Flora was reopened after an extensive re-think (including an inside-and-out aesthetic overhaul, an impressive reimagining of the food and drink offering, and a new independent management team in the form of those easy going guys and gals at Ten Mill Lane), the response has been unanimously positive. This week, give them a try yourself with our Wriggle deal that gets you a classic Flora burger (made with a juicy Welsh beef patty, oozy American-style cheese, burger sauce, red onion, gherkin and lettuce), a double-fried side, and a beer from the bar. Delish!

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A four-tier south-Indian feast from Keralan Karavan @ Small Bar

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. Beats a bag of cheese and onion crisps, wouldn't you agree?

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Tapas for two @ Deli Rouge

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. Alongside serving delicious Deli products and cheeses, breakfast, lunch and dinner are all on the menu (and all are equally revered in their own right). For dinner, the Tapas reigns supreme, with a plethora of dairy-based Mediterranean delights to choose from (on account of Jane's gorgeous cheese selection) and live acoustic music accompanying evening events. The comfortable seating, comforting service and comfort food all make Deli Rouge a unique evening stop.

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Tutored Atlantico rum tasting @ Pennyroyal

Hidden behind a black soot door on the doorstep of Castle Quarter, Cardiff’s newest speakeasy - Pennyroyal - feels authentic, with bottles and books lining the wooden window display in haberdashery fashion. Sandalwood and sage will escort your imagination back in time, with candles flickering against raw brick and copper fittings. The handmade apothecary-style bar boasts over 100 rums and agaves – surely one of the most impressive collections of bottles in the city - and the mixologists busily flitting from shelf to shaker are masters of using them to create fantastically sippable liquid art. Away from prying eyes or the hullabaloo of the main street outside, Pennyroyal promises authentic mixology and a dash of the different - all set to carefully-selected hip hop tunes.

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Summer vibes! A classic '99' cone @ Joe's Ice Cream

Joe's ice cream is more than just a love affair between the industrial Welsh valley's and rural Abruzzi Mountains of Italy. This is something special from the heart of Swansea. This family run business originated back in 1922 and with their secret recipe up their sleeve Joe's has become a nations favourite. Famous for their vanilla ice cream they like to keep things simply with quality flavours at the forefront. Whether you're strolling in the park or taking a seat in the parlour, a Joe's ice cream is how you welcome the sunshine in Cardiff.

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A Japanese feast for two @ Yakitori #1

It's not just the sushi at this modern Japanese canteen which is worth checking out. Soba noodles are loaded with plenty of meat (unlike that well known chain place), vegetable tempura is served in the lightest of batters and golden gyoza are stuffed with fragrant fillings. In an area which is dominated by chain restaurants, Yakitori #1 is a beacon of quality independence. With this week's Wriggle, you and your partner-in-dine be tucking into a delicious katsu curry each – choose either chicken breast or tofu, both in panko breadcrumbs with a medium curry sauce. Your katsu is served with sticky rice, salad, and tempura sweet potato pieces – totally delicious. You'll also share a portion of tasty gyoza (Asian dumplings) – choose either chicken or vegetable. To top it all off, you'll each be sipping on a yuzu mitsu – a deliciously refreshing Japanese soft drink made with Japanese lemon and honey. Blissful!

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A tantalising Thai feast for two @ Thai House

The Thai House is the historical home of Thai food in Cardiff, having arrived 30 years ago as the first of its kind. More than three decades later and the food still zings with all the flavours you'd hope for in a Thai meal: chilli, ginger, garlic, Thai basil. We highly recommend trying the Massaman Curry, a peanut curry with beef of exceptional quality. Along with that, Thai Classics such as Pad Thai, Tom Yum soup and Thai fish cakes reign supreme. If you're in the mood for a memorable meal at a restaurant with decades of personality, there's not much of a better choice in Cardiff than the Thai House.

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Authentic Moroccan & Lebanese Cuisine @ Mezza Luna

What sets Mezza Luna apart on City Road? The welcome, the hosting and the food. Meat grilled over flames or slow cooked in authentic clay tagines, generous servings, and hummus so silky you could make pyjamas out of it. The duck shawarma is also superb – richly meaty with a citrus kick from pomegranate molasses. And the vegan falafel wrap is turned into a filling meal with the addition of hummus, fries and a portion of lebanese pickle. Unusually for the grill houses on City Road, you can buy alcohol here, so sit back and relax. This is happy food!

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2 x coffees 'to go' from Hard Lines Coffee @ Cardiff Market

Hard Lines' second shop in the beloved Cardiff Market is our favourite spot for an afternoon pick-me-up. Matt and Sophie have created a beautiful space at No 25, bringing a breath of fresh air to this iconic Victorian market. Neon lights and an amazing retro pink coffee machine give this little space a super-cool feel. Head here for your afternoon pick-me-up and to sample some of the best coffee in Cardiff.

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A meat & cheese platter for two @ Wally's Deli & Kaffeehaus

Established in 1981, Wally’s Delicatessen is known for its exciting range of imported international food products. From European meats and cheeses, to American chocolate and breakfast cereals, and Asian curry pastes and sundries, there’s something to suit all tastes at Wally’s. Don’t expect to leave here empty-handed; you’ll want to buy everything in sight. With this week's Wriggle you and your lucky partner in dine will be tucking into a delicious cheese and meat platter, loaded with delicious continental cooked ham, tasty salami and the finest cheeses from the deli. It's topped up with a hearty serving of balsamic onions, feta stuffed peppers and olives, as well as plenty of artisan bread and crackers.

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Pimped-up sourdough toast + coffee @ Lufkin Coffee Roasters

The name Lufkin originates from the word ‘love’: that pretty much says it all. The important thing here is stepping back, taking some time to enjoy a coffee roasted through inspiration, and rekindling some of your favourite memories in the most unique of surroundings. Hidden down a characterful alley in Pontcanna, Lufkin's Scandinavian-esque wood clad setting and sweeping modern glass frontage all provide a unique cocoon in which to sup on some of the best beans in town. These guys are small batch roasters, so specialty grade, green arabica coffee is their thing. The roasting is done on-site by an unmissably beautiful bean machine, and then packaged in 250g bags for you to enjoy at home.

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Welsh cheddar & ham toastie + coffee @ KIN+ILK (Pontcanna)

This unusually named group of café-bars has sites in the City Centre's Capital Quarter and on Cathedral Road (squeezed up against against Pontcanna's leafy spine). A functional yet thoroughly design-led space with a hint of the "cherry picked Swedish design club" about it (think Scandi cool rather than noir), Kin + Ilk is a melting pot of approachable cool. Food wise, the menu is small but diverse: expect freshly made filled or open sandwiches, Welsh cheeses & meat, homemade soups, creative salads, brilliant brunches, artisan coffee and cakes. There’s even a tempting range of bar snacks, including a vegan antipasti platter.

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Published -16th April 2018