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“Not what was hoping for...”
Review of Cafe Castan

Cafe Castan
Ranked #423 of 1,214 Restaurants in Cardiff
Cuisines: Cafe, British
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Good for: Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: We are proud to confirm that we have been awarded level 5 (highest level) Hygiene Certificate, our thanks to the staff for their effort in attaining this high level of hygiene.Geoff & Chris
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Not what was hoping for...”
Reviewed February 4, 2013

I was taken here by someone who really enjoys good food and only likes to eat in places that have good reviews, so I was expecting some very delicious food. Set on the outskirts of Bute Park, it is a little confusing to get to but once inside you feel very welcome. HOWEVER, I felt completely let down by the quality of the food.
I ordered the soup and a burger. I was expecting the soup to come first, the same as in a normal restaurant setting, however it arrived at the same time as the burger which overwhelmed me slightly.
Firstly the soup - leek, pea and potato. Quite tasty, evidently home-made served with a white sliced roll which unfortunately was not home-made.
Next the burger - I may be alone in this opinion but if a burger is on a restaurant menu, I expect a home-made burger. This was clearly not, about 1cm in thickness, it looked and tasted evidently prepackaged. It was served with the normal burger additions - bacon, cheese, salad, tomatoes, salsa and chopped peppers. These additions made it marginally tastier. It came with frozen chips and a handful of salad. Overall, this was a very disappointing dish. Although very cheap, I was hoping for much more.
I opted for a dessert, hoping the cafe would redeem itself. The Mississippi Mud Pie was tasty enough. However, it was clearly de-frosted as the cream was rather hard and the pastry was soft and fell apart easily.

Although the people serving are lovely, the food was not and I would not recommend this if you're after quality. If you want decent enough food for a good price, then this is the place to go. However, they are plenty of other much better places locally.

  • Visited February 2013
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English first
Cardiff
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Great Little Place”
Reviewed February 4, 2013

Had a bit of wander in the snow through Pontcanna and stopped of at Cafe Castan. Whilst the menu is not going to set the world alight it's good quality and a perfect place to people watch (a lot of strong knitwear on display!).

Better than you average greasy spoon and a good place to a grab a coffee or snack for a wander in the park.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank Lukehi
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London, England, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Not Too Bad :/ Ok !!”
Reviewed January 30, 2013

We went to try this place after reading all the reviews on tripsdvisor the only positive thing i can say about this place is Staff are very friendly and the food was ok not too bad

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank En Z
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“fantastic”
Reviewed January 8, 2013

great place to eat & drink,staff are very friendly & always cheerful.highly recommend it.best cafe in cardiff.

  • Visited January 2013
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1 Thank william h
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great value and a warm welcome”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

Perfect for the conclusion of a dog walk in Llandaff Fields in winter or summer, with friendly staff & freshly-made food & snacks. This place is surprisingly good value.

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