Christmas is approaching, fast, and we’re gearing up for the second most important day in all of Christmas … that’s right, it’s Friendsmas! For those not in the know, it’s the day where instead of arguing with your pops about who gets the last roast tattie, you do it with your mates instead. Because friends are the family you choose, amirite? A foodie feast, lashings of booze and a round of secret Santa. Heaven. 

We’ve rounded up some particularly perfect Wriggle venues, so you and your besties can celebrate Friendsmas in style. 

The friendly team at the Coconut Tree are bursting with enthusiasm and knowledge about the delicious street food of Sri Lanka, and will delightedly talk you through the brilliant small plates menu that's been expertly designed for sharing. While you eat, we'd strongly recommend familiarising yourself with the Cocotail menu – the Coconut Tree's delectable range of sweetly feisty cocktails.

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When someone gets round 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.

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Culley’s Bar & Restaurant in Cardiff is a destination of great dining; fusing together the forgotten history of The Exchange with an innovative offering of the finest local and regional produce. They’re proud of their surroundings and want to share their passion for local heritage. By making every effort to source the finest ingredients from neighbours in and around the Valley’s, they create menus are inspired by Cardiff and the surrounding areas, changing with the seasons and offering guests a dining experience unlike any other.

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Paysan is the Friday evening kitchen takeover with Grady Atkins at BLOC Coffee. A pop-up kitchen offering a sophisticated French bistro-style menu, accompanied by wine pairings. Expect quality and seasonal ingredients, close to the kitchen dining and depth of flavour.

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Whether you’re in the mood for extra delish burgers or simply delightful steaks with flavour-packed sauces to go with it, these guys have got something to satisfy all your cravings! We really recommend ordering the steaks, though, since these clever guys take your traditional steak, tenderise and marinate it to take it to a whole new level of tastiness.

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The Lezzet Turkish Kitchen serves a whole range of authentic Turkish eats in its relaxed venue adorned with Turkish lamps, artwork and an Evil Eye stamped on the doomed wood-fire oven. The menu is a bountiful feast of Middle Eastern treats, including flame grilled meat skewers kebabs and mezze dishes with fresh falafel, hummus and a mix of salads. Our particular favourite is the Turkish Pide: a flatbread, baked in their woodfired oven and topped with a variety of ingredients (including cheese, meats, and vegetables).

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Old Havana is the home to fresh and authentic Cuban food and drinks. Bringing you the best and freshest food infusions & Cuban dining in the most vibrant and authentic surroundings. There’s also stunning terrace outside being the focus point, with a bright and funky real Cuban Car on the wall and serving as a seat on the terrace itself.

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Croeso, welcome to the Pitch Bar & Eatery. It's fiercely independent, passionate about delivering simple, honest, modern Welsh food. They make a real effort to seek the best, most mouth-watering ingredients that can be found locally from farmers, growers, makers and markets, fusing them together to create innovative flavours and fresh, vibrant, sumptuous dishes; putting their passion for your palate on a plate.

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Meat grilled over flames, generous servings, hummus so silky you could make pyjamas out of it. The duck shawarma is superb – richly meaty with a citrus kick from pomegranate molasses. The menu delivers all the Lebanese classics – shish taouk, muttabal, kofte – with some Moroccan influences too, like their Tagine Andalus. They have a belly dancer on weekends too. 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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Known (and rightly revered) until recently as the legendary Urban Taphouse, Tiny Rebel Cardiff is a pantheon of powerfully-hopped pintage and craftily-bottled beers. Visit either of their two bars (in Cardiff and Newport), and expect a selection of outstanding indie beers from a myriad of Craft Breweries, a bounty of slow-cooked temptation (we recommend their down-and-dirty burgers or hot-and-messy pizzas) and a properly tidy time.

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Twenty Nine Park Place is an iconic townhouse gastropub offering mouth-watering food and great views right in the city centre. They serve some of the best gastro food in Cardiff, packed with flavour and simply a delight for your tastebuds – there's just nothing to hate! In case you need inspiration, this place is also perfect for mate nights...

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Bread and Salt is one of these spots where you feel instantly part of the family. This Polish restaurant serves up authentic dishes and specialities, all prepared in-house and fresh-to-order by the expert hands of Chef Majka. In true Eastern European tradition, you'll find dishes such as meat stews, seasoned duck legs, traditional Polish sausage and delicious Polish dumplings filled with veggies or meat. Rich and flavourful dishes that fill your tummy and soul.

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Hotpot Spot is Wales’ first and only Hotpot restaurant, aiming to bring the magical experience of Hotpot to everyone. Hotpot originated from China over 1000 years ago and is finally here in Cardiff. Hotpot Spot promises to make Hotpot as inclusive and as easy as possible. Making it both friendly and approachable for all to enjoy. They also promise to offer Hotpot that is authentic and true to the East for both inexperienced and experienced equally.

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Bwyta Bwyd Bombai (simply translated as "eating Bombai food") is a tapestry of spice, a celebration of culinary colour and a street-food café in the truest sense. Here, authentic Indian workers-lunches, mini meals and finger foods excite tastebuds; ears tingle as conversation bounces from lofted ceiling to arcade window; imaginations echo eastwards as vibrant Thali platters slide across tabletops, crisp dosas are teased apart and cutlery is all but forgotten.

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Who feels like having Indian food for dinner? Masala Bag is bringing top Indian street food in their gorgeous Cardiff restaurant. We love their thalis – a great way to sample lots of different dishes from all over country of India. Head here for an oh-so-delish' Indian dinner bursting with flavour - a real treat!

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Right opposite the Millennium Stadium, Zerodegrees Cardiff is whipping up fantastic pizzas and amazing brews in its Grade II listed frontage. With an array of dining areas (in addition to their fabulous kitchen and microbrewery) Zerodegrees is the perfect place to grab a stunning wood fired pizza and a pint. They even have two terraces and two mezzanine levels, meaning you get unique views of the open kitchen and working brewery.

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They not only allow you to build your own burger here – they positively expect you to. With so many combinations of bread, beef and toppings, you could come here every week for years and never have the same thing twice; they claim 400,000 possible combos. They encourage you to name your creation, too. It's a fun spin on quality food: the burgers are beautifully irregular, being shaped by hand, and made of well-aged meat. Look out for surprising items on the menu, too.

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Published -27th November 2019