Situated in the heart of Cathays, Cardiff is a small, greasy spoon café which has been tempting the local student population with traditional, home-cooked food for over 30 years. Named after its original owner, Ramon’s Café on Salisbury Road is known best for its all-day breakfasts, which come in a variety of sizes ranging from ‘small’ to ‘belly buster’, perfecting for nursing even the most horrendous of hangovers.
Last year, the café appeared in local media when it claimed to be serving, “the UK’s biggest breakfast”. Racking up a jaw-dropping 8,000 calories, the “Mammoth” breakfast consists of eight sausages, eight rashers of bacon, four beef burgers, six eggs, hash browns, black pudding, baked beans, tomatoes, mushrooms, fried potatoes, omelette, toast and four slices of bread and butter. This fatty fry-up is served with a pint of orange juice and a mug of hot tea – which probably comes in handy to wash all that down! At £17 this option is rather heavy on the wallet too, but rest assured you’ll get your money back should you manage to polish it off within 30 minutes.
Ramon’s also serve a selection of popular, low-budget favourites, including burgers, omelettes, fish and chips, jacket potatoes, veggie options and more.
I visited Ramon’s on Sunday morning and, not feeling too piggish, I ordered the “Special” breakfast (£4.30), which included two sausages, two rashers of bacon, two eggs, a choice of beans or tomatoes, two slices of buttered toast and a mug of hot tea (other drink options are available).
My guest ordered the “Small” breakfast (£3.90), which included one of each item listed above.
Our food only took around ten minutes to arrive, which wasn’t too bad considering the café was pretty full. Hot, greasy food was just what I needed and I definitely got what I asked for. It was clear to see that the food had been freshly prepared to order rather than sitting on a serving counter for the last half an hour. My only complaint was that the meal doesn’t come with any hash browns or black pudding – although I later noticed that I could have opted to include these as extras.
With so much delicious food at affordable prices, Ramon’s has a tendency to get fairly busy and by the time we left, people were queuing for seats. In the summer, diners can make use of the beer garden at the rear of the café, with the ability to bring your own alcohol making for an added bonus.
Whether you’re paying the price for a good night-out or just fancying some homely grub, I recommend giving Ramon’s a go – you won’t regret it!
64 Salisbury Road
(02920) 230 533