Food blogger Lee Eynon (fuud) talks to us about his local area, Canton, and where you definitely have to eat and drink if you're in the neighbourhood.

It might not be as posh as neighbouring Pontcanna, but if you know where to look, Cardiff's West side offers some of the best food and drink in the Welsh capital, from Indian streetfood and locally brewed craft beer to pizza that's among the UK's finest.

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Chai Street

Finding a curry in Canton is as simple as closing your eyes and following your nose – it's awash with takeaways and curry houses. But finding really good Indian food is more of a challenge. Enter Chai Street, the streetfood-themed arm of Cardiff's multi-award winning curry kingpins Mint and Mustard. Their cosy, Bollywood-poster-bedecked space on Cowbridge Road East shys away from takeaway staples in favour of lighter, smaller bites; think pakoras and paratha rolls, spiced fried chicken and thali platters. Chai Street is that rare beast – an Indian restaurant you can visit at lunchtime and not fall asleep at your desk immediately afterwards. Make sure you try: The special thali quite literally has it all – lamb, chicken and veggie curries, dal, pickles, a mini naan and poppadoms – for under a tenner. Great value and a chance to try a little bit of everything.

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Crafty Devil's Cellar

Crafty Devil are one of Cardiff's 'Big Two' craft breweries, along with Pontcanna based Pipes. From humble beginnings as two men brewing in a shed, they've become a legit force in Welsh Craft beer, taking their hoppy wares on the road to Brewdog pubs across the UK. Their Llandaff Road bottle shop-cum-taproom could be described as an Aladdin's cave, except Aladdin didn't have a cosy little back room to show Six Nations games and a decent sized beer garden. You'll find Crafty Devil's own current range in the shop and on the bar, as well as selected tipples from the likes of Beavertown, Arbor, Heavy Industry and Weird Beard. And there's a pub quiz every Sunday. Make sure you try: Not So Safe as Milk – Crafty Devil's punch-packing coffee stout – is dangerously drinkable given it's 7.3% ABV. Handle with care!

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Time & Beef

On paper, Time and Beef shouldn't really work – is it a coffee shop? Is it a cocktail bar? Is it a restaurant? In practice though, it's home to one of the city's finest burgers. Or at least it can be if you play your cards right. Remember those old 'have it your way' Burger King ads? Well Time and Beef take it that much further by allowing you to customise every aspect of your burger. Want a potato bread bun? No problem. Fried egg? You got it. Rice Krispies? Well, now you're just being silly, but there is a perfect burger for everyone here; they've done the maths and it turns out there are over 50,000 possible combinations. Just take care, as the price can add up with all those optional extras. Whatever you pick, you can be sure that the burger itself will be on point. They're freshly made to order with meat from local suppliers, and cooked to juicy medium-rare perfection. Wash it down with something from their admirable craft beer selection or something a bit fancier from their extensive cocktail menu. Make sure you try: The content of your burger is up to you, but you can't go wrong with some Billionaire fries on the side – chips crowned with truffle oil, crispy bacon bits and grana padano shavings. Lush.

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The Lansdowne

If you're the kind of person who wants to have their cake and eat it, you'll love the Lansdowne – there aren't many places where you can get an authentic old-school pub atmosphere and an excellent craft beer selection. There are always at least two local craft beers on tap, with a rotating cast of cask ales from around Wales and beyond – and if you fancy something a bit more unusual there's also the epically-named Fridge of Doom, featuring some lesser spotted beery gems. Be warned though, some of them can be a little pricey. The family and dog-friendly boozer also happens to knock out a spectacular Sunday Roast, complete with cauliflower cheese on the side and exceedingly generous helpings of meat for those of a carnivorous persuasion. Make sure you try: If it's a Sunday then it's got to be the roast, but on a weekday the katsu curry (chicken or veg) is killer.

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Dusty Knuckle Pizza Company

Purists may quibble over whether this little pizza heaven is technically in Canton or Pontcanna, but it's so good I'm claiming it as ours. The pop-up turned bricks-and-mortar restaurant knocks out stone baked pizza on a par with anything I've ever tasted anywhere, topped with the finest Welsh ingredients including exclusive cured meats from the award-winning Charcutier Ltd. Better still, none of their pizzas top a tenner and the menu is constantly evolving. You don't just have to take my word for how good Dusty Knuckle is – they made The Sunday Times' list of the top 25 pizzerias in the UK, and earned a place in 2016's international Where to Eat Pizza guide. Make sure you try: The Blas Y Mor isn't just a taste of the sea, it's a taste of Wales too. Crisp, smoky bacon lardons, laverbread and cockles make it less a pizza, more a national treasure.

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Published -17th October 2016