Saturday, 23 December 2017

Sïo, Cardiff Bay cafe review

The arrival of a new independent in chain-dominated Cardiff Bay is always a cause of celebration.

Sïo (the Welsh word for buzzing) is owned by the Chapter Arts Centre team. It’s located upstairs in Craft in the Bay, a bit of an awkward location as it’s isolated on a traffic island. But, it’s a lovely bright space with a mural on the back wall illustrating Chapter’s history over the last 47 years.

The internationally influenced menu includes brunch options like French toast (£6.95) and Spanish baked eggs (£7.95) and lunch dishes like lamb tagine (£8.95), chicken saltimbocca (£8.95) and Asian style fried chicken (£9.95).

We visited for brunch.

A trio of flat whites (£2.70) were good. 

Crisp doorstops of top drawer Alex Gooch sourdough (£7.95) were topped with a generous pile of well-seasoned buttery scrambled egg and a couple of rashers of crispy bacon.

A Welsh Croque Madame (£6.95) was an enjoyable take on the French classic. Toasted sourdough was filled with an enjoyably rich and tangy ooze of three types of melted cheese, soft sweet leeks and salty ham.

If that wasn’t enough fromage, it was topped with Welsh rarebit that hummed with beer and mustardy goodness. A runny fried egg completed the croque and a well-dressed side salad with plump olives and tangy sunblush tomatoes balanced the richness of the dish. 

Chorizo hash (£6.95) was a simple yet comforting combination of crisp tender potatoes and spicy pieces of sausage topped with two perfectly runny poached eggs. 

We had a lovely brunch at Sïo. Next time you want breakfast in the Bay, give the chains a swerve and head to Sïo instead. I’m looking forward to trying their lunch menu.

The Details:

Address - Caffi Sïo, The flourish, Lloyd George Avenue, Cardiff CF10 4QH
Telephone - 029 2132 1090

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