Vegan Restaurant Review: MILGI – City Rd, Cathays, Cardiff

The exterior of Milgi on Crwys Road, Cardiff

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, MILGI is a vegan restaurant and bar situated on Cardiff’s City Road, traditionally home to an eclectic mix of international food outlets.Named as a runner-up in various categories of the Observer Food Monthly Awards over the past four years, MILGI embraces the health and ethical benefits of eating a sustainable, plant-based diet.

Owners and sisters, Gabrielle and Rebecca Kelly are committed to using organic produce from farms and growers they know and trust and the slow-living lifestyle is at the heart of everything they do. They enjoy foraging for ingredients like sea­buckthorn, samphire, nettles, herbs and wild mushrooms to incorporate into their dishes. In addition they grow a number of plants in the restaurant, including the mung beans. I went along to MILGI one evening recently to sample some of their dishes, along with The Plate Licked Clean blog and Teen Veggies and Vegans

Inside, the restaurant has a rustic, ethnic vibe with worn wooden flooring, a bar decorated in retro blue tiling,  blackboard menus and plenty of plants dotted around.

Inside Milgi on Cardiff's City Road

To begin, I ordered a Blood Orange Maria cocktail (£6.50) from the daily specials menu. Zesty and sharp with a spicy kick, this was a concoction of home made chilli syrup, tequila, lime and freshly squeezed blood orange juice. The blood orange has a very short season, but MILGI brings this cocktail back year after year as it’s so popular with its customers.

Blood Orange cocktail

To start, we nibbled on homemade root vegetable crisps with beetroot houmous and crunchy, toasted sourdough  from Nata and Co. in Splott (a sample of some of the foods that feature in the Moroccan Platter, £6.95).

Beetroot and parsnip crisps

We then sipped on a glass of Kombucha (£4). Brewed on site, this small batch of fermented tea made using a combination of green, red and black tea and sugar contains probiotics that have a range of health benefits such as improving the functioning of the liver, the immune system and the digestive system.

This tasted quite aromatic and herb-y and it definitely left me feeling more awake. 


This was followed up by the Indian Street Food Tray (£6.95), a delicious selection of tikka paneer, aubergine & pea pakora, chickpea & coriander ball, raita, onion seed chutney and toasted coconut perfect for lunch, as a starter or for sharing.

I really enjoyed this; there was a such good variety of tastes and textures that I didn’t actually miss the presence of meat in the dish.

Indian street food tray with pakora, paneer, onion bhaji etc

We then tucked into one of MILGI’s signature dishes, the Tortilla Stack (£9.95); crispy blue corn tortillas, spicy roast potatoes, refried beans, melted Welsh cheddar and sweet mango salsa, topped with fresh lettuce. I couldn’t get enough of the tortilla and melted cheese and the mango salsa was a tasty alternative to the spicy tomato variety I’m only too used to eating. I don’t think the lettuce was really necessary here as the dish was great in itself, but maybe some smaller leaves would’ve worked well. 

Tortilla stack at Milgi
Our next dish was the Wholefood Bowl (£6.50), a colourful combination of beetroot brown rice, steamed kale with nigella seed, celeriac, ginger & pumpkin seed cashew slaw, blood orange and dried white mulberries. This dish really surprised me because I’m not a big lover of anything that resembles salad, but it really stands out in my mind when I think back over all the dishes I tried at MILGI.

The Wholefood Bowl was so vibrant and visually appealing. I love blood orange and I never knew it could make such a difference to a salad, but the kale had to be my favourite thing on my plate (or in my bowl, so to speak). The nigella seeds gave it an irresistible flavour and I just couldn’t get enough of it. I’m don’t really like beetroot – it’s the earthy taste that I don’t get on with – so I wasn’t so keen on the beetroot rice.

Wholefood bowl at Milgi
Before we moved on to dessert we had a short break, during which I sipped on a fruity Berry Collins cocktail (£6.50) made using fresh berries and gin – two of my favourite things. This was so refreshing, just looking at the photo of it makes me thirsty.

Blackberry-infused gin

For dessert, we were lucky enough to sample a dish that Milgi were trialling for their Spring menu. Mahalabeah is a Middle Eastern custard made using almond milk, topped with crushed pistachio and almonds. It’s not quite as thick as traditional custard as we know it and it tasted pleasantly sweet, while the crushed nuts added texture to the dish. Mahalabeah definitely gets the thumbs-up from me!

Middle-eastern almond custard

I enjoyed my evening at MILGI and I was positively surprised by how tasty plant-based food can be. As a meat lover, it wouldn’t be my first restaurant of choice for an evening meal but it’d be ideal for lunch and I would 100% recommend it to any vegans, vegetarians or anyone following a clean eating diet. I would go back there just for the Indian Street Food Tray!

To round off their 10th anniversary year, MILGI will be throwing a celebratory birthday weekend feast under the stars at the end of this summer. The menu will feature no less than ten courses and the event will also boast a cocktail bar and live music. For further details, please visit MILGI’s website.

213 City Road
CF24 3JD
(029) 2047 3150

I was invited to MILGI as a guest and my food and drinks were provided complimentary. However, I was not obliged to write a positive review.

Do you think you’d like the food at MILGI? Drop me a comment in the box below 🙂



  1. February 23, 2016 / 10:00 pm

    The food looks amazing. I’m a vegetarian, so maybe I’m a little biased, but it’s definitely yummy. I’ll have a look on their website now. x

    • February 25, 2016 / 7:00 pm

      I’m glad you liked this post Anca, thank you so much for leaving a comment! x

  2. February 24, 2016 / 12:13 pm

    Oh this sounds like a great vegan restaurant, I love finding new ones in London! x

    • February 25, 2016 / 6:58 pm

      Thanks Rhian. There aren’t many in Cardiff but they do seem to be on the increase now.

  3. February 24, 2016 / 3:51 pm

    That sounds like a great restaurant, food looks so tasty too.

  4. February 24, 2016 / 6:42 pm

    I would never think of going to a vegan restaurant, but the food looks amazing and I would actually eat it and enjoy it x

    • February 25, 2016 / 6:56 pm

      I know what you mean, I love meat and a vegan restaurant wouldn’t be my first choice, but I do really like Milgi

  5. emma white
    February 24, 2016 / 9:15 pm

    oh wow what a lovely and unique looking place so cosy – loving the sound of the Kombucha, so many great health benefits too. Mahalabeah sounds amazing never actually heard from it before

    • February 25, 2016 / 6:56 pm

      The Kombucha was lovely, I felt so revived after drinking it. I could do with a glass to perk me up right now actually.

  6. February 24, 2016 / 11:49 pm

    I am telling you know if there was a branch in London I would happily go there right now and eat all the food because oh boy does the food look good. Is it an independent restaurant or do they have restaurants in other parts of the country?

    • February 25, 2016 / 6:54 pm

      Glad you liked it 🙂 It’s an independent restaurant, they’ve been in Cardiff for ten years now. I was really impressed with it, so I am sure any vegan or veggie would be in heaven there!

  7. February 25, 2016 / 7:07 am

    It’s hard to believe all that amazing food is vegan! Looks like a great place to eat.

    • February 25, 2016 / 7:04 pm

      I know, it looks much better than anything I’d be able to knock up in the kitchen for vegans!

  8. February 25, 2016 / 10:25 am

    This looks and sounds like a lovely restaurant! I adore the rustic vibe, I’d love to have my kitchen all rustic.
    Your salad looks delicious as does your blood orange maria cocktail! YUM!

    • February 25, 2016 / 7:03 pm

      Thanks Sarah. I could do with one of those blood orange cocktails right now 😀

  9. February 25, 2016 / 11:14 am

    It’s great that there are so many vegan options out there now. The wholefood bowl looks like something I would order.

    • February 25, 2016 / 6:53 pm

      Yes, I think the whole clean eating thing kind of paved the way for more vegan options, although I do still think vegans deserve more choice in most restaurants.

  10. February 25, 2016 / 1:15 pm

    The food looks absolutely delightful and I love that there are a lot of options x

    • February 25, 2016 / 7:03 pm

      Thanks Rachel. It’s great here 🙂

  11. Idaintyit
    February 25, 2016 / 6:15 pm

    I have never been to a vegan restaurant before, it looks really nice. I imagined it being just veg haha clearly not the case!

    • February 25, 2016 / 6:52 pm

      Haha, it is just no meat and eggs as far as I am aware. Plant-based diet.

  12. February 26, 2016 / 6:51 pm

    This looks like a fab vegan place! I do love my meat and eggs but all the food looks so delicious!

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