Where the menu is concerned, Tastebuds offers all the treasured classics common to any decent cafe, from all-day breakfasts and burgers to traditional homemade meals such as chicken curry, corned beef pie, fish and chips and lasagne, alongside lighter options like cheese, beans or egg on toast, breakfast rolls and omelettes. A selection of delicious nostalgic desserts are also available, including apple crumble, cherry pie and custard and toasted teacakes.
The value for money is fantastic. Nothing on the menu costs over a fiver apart from the Big Breakfast (£5.50) and the Giant Breakfast (£8), and you can get a roast dinner for just £4.20.
To warm us up on a cold December day, I began with a latte and Sarah ordered a tea. Both were with us within just a few minutes and tasted lovely. I especially liked that my latte was served in a tall glass, rather than in a mug or cup.
Feeling a little worse for wear after her work’s Christmas do the night before, Sarah didn’t even need to look at the menu. Full English it was. Me, well, I felt fine but decided to join Sarah and order the Full Breakfast (£4) all the same (although the roast dinner looked very tempting – plenty of roasties, stuffing, good choice of meat/chicken and lashings of gravy!)
The Full Breakfast was served with one sausage, a slice of black pudding, mushrooms, baked beans, fried potatoes, two rashers of bacon and a fried egg, with a slice of buttered toast (you can opt to switch beans for tomatoes if you like). It was a great breakfast all round but the highlights for me were the bacon, which had been grilled and had the perfect balance of saltiness, the fried potatoes, which were crispy and tasty without being soaked in grease and the sausage, which was thick, meaty and well seasoned. There wasn’t anything I disliked, although it would’ve been even better if I’d had the option to include hash browns in place of fried potatoes.
Tea or coffee was included in the price of any breakfast, but purchased separately the latte would have cost £1.30, and the tea just 70p.
Sarah and I left Tastebuds Cafe feeling comfortably full but not stuffed and the breakfast certainly helped to pick me up, so I can only imagine what it must’ve done for Sarah! I’ll definitely be popping back here for a cheap yet comforting meal when I’m in Cathays – really need to try out that roast dinner…
Tastebuds Cafe also runs a full catering service including traditional, contemporary and bespoke buffet options. For further details, please visit Tastebuds’ website at the below address.
Tastebuds Cafe & Catering Services
244 City Road
(029) 2047 1467
I was invited to Tastebuds Cafe as a guest and our food and drinks were provided complimentary.