Saturday, 23 September 2017

The Royal Coast Cafe, Middle Eastern cafe, Cardiff city centre review


When I’m craving Middle Eastern food I normally head straight to City Road where there’s an embarrassment of delicious shish.

However, the city centre isn’t so flush when is comes to doner and kofta.

On Caroline Street there’s Efes BBQ (about which I’ve heard good things from Soliciting Flavours).

There's also the unassuming looking Royal Coast Cafe on Charles Street with its handful of tables inside and a small sheltered outdoor seating area.

Middle Eastern hot and cold mezze, kebabs, pastries and pre-order specials including a whole lamb stuffed with spiced rice and nuts (£180) are the focus of the menu. But, Western dishes including fried breakfasts, pizzas and burgers also put in an appearance.

A glass of lovely fresh mango juice (£2.50) was blended to order.


Mixed mezze (£8) was served with a basket of warm flatbreads. Highlights included golden falafel, vibrant tabbouleh bursting with parsley, chive and citrus, smooth hummus and filo rolls filled with spiced mince. Warak inab (stuffed vine leaves) were perfectly decent whilst muttabal was a bit heavy on the lemon juice.


A Royal Mixed Grill (£7.99) saw a trio of lamb shish, lamb kofta and chicken shish skewers served with gorgeously buttery and cardamom fragranced rice, more flatbread, a lemon juice dressed side salad and a bonus pot of garlic mayonnaise. All the meat was very well cooked but perhaps a touch light on spice / marinade. 


We had a feast at the Royal Coast Cafe for less than £20. If you’re ever in the city centre and craving a kebab then I highly recommend a visit.

The Details:

Address - Royal Coast Cafe, 11 Charles Street, Cardiff CF10 2GA
Telephone - 02920 220 257

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