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“Gorgeous food when it was a restaurant”
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The Swallow
Ranked #640 of 1,223 Restaurants in Cardiff
Price range: $6 - $13
Cuisines: Chinese
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Good for: Business meetings
Dining options: Takeout
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Gorgeous food when it was a restaurant”
Reviewed January 24, 2014

This place used to be a definite hit every weekend when it used to be a restaurant with the most wonderful owner - made you feel really welcome and always had a smile on the face.

As soon as you walked in, you were hit by the most wonderful combinations of flavours and aromas in the air and the food was never a dissapointment and a big plus was the sweet and sour king prawns which to this date I have not found anywhere else to be as tasty.

Not been to the takeaway that many times but food is always warm and very tasty

definitely highly recommended for a night out with chinese on the mind.

  • Visited March 2013
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  • English first
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English first
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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84 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“good for a Friday night at home”
Reviewed January 20, 2014

I have good memories of this place when it was a restaurant and have continued to use it as my choice of take away. The service remains friendly and personal and the favourite dishes are still good; The lettuce wraps and duck pancakes are delicious.

  • Visited January 2014
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3 Thank Ilovefoodandfun
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Don't take any notice of the last three reviews”
Reviewed December 2, 2013

I have been going to this food place for over 20 years (before it was a restaurant but converted to just a take-out place now) Never in my any of my visits have I had a bad meal they are all wonderful, flavourful and the meat is second to none. They only use the best cuts and everything is cooked fresh to order, so if you have any particular requirements like not too spicy or veggie option they can cater for that because like I said - EVERYTHING IS COOKED FROM SRATCH. I notice the other reviewers seem to favour kebabs or pub food; well anyone with a more sophisticated palette will like Swallows :)

  • Visited November 2013
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2 Thank Jessica H
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
Reviewed September 16, 2013 via mobile

Read the reviews Big Mistake ! Smelt lovely going home in car. I had special fried rice ... Nice bone in it ! Hubby had the curry very thin sauce an very bland he asked if it had mushrooms in it was told yes got home an had separate tub for mushrooms !! Son had chicken fried rice an curry sauce .. Again sauce very bland an tasteless daughter had chicken chow mein ate all of it and enjoyed it !!! We didn't an certainly wont be going back ....

Visited September 2013
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1 Thank becmark45
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CARDIFF
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Not as authentic as I had hoped”
Reviewed March 7, 2013

After hearing about the reviews about this place I thought I must try it.I have to admit, there was no amazing flavours hitting the palette. The sauces were bland and lacked salt, the fried nibbles were simply that, fried, no tantalising batter or any authentic flavours going on and the portions were small for what you pay for. All in all, I would not eat from here again and I have been to better places to eat.

Visited December 2012
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Thank pOOCH854
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