Restaurant review: Shaam Nights – City Road, Cardiff

There’s something that sets Shaam Nights apart from the string of exotic food outlets lining Cardiff ’s City Road. Sat on the corner of Pearson Street on the site of former restaurant Can Zaman, Shaam Night’s striking orange front serves to draw in passers-by, whilst the wooden flower border and hanging baskets create an idyllic vibe.

Inside Shaam Nights, the rustic tiled floor is made up of severalbeautiful patterns which continue up the length of each wall. Lookingup to the ceiling, elaborate bronze and stained glass lanterns hangdown like chandeliers with a Middle Eastern twist, creating an authentic dining experience.

This elaborate design features on Shaam Night’s interior walls. 

Specialising in Syrian and Lebanese cuisine, Shaam Night’s menu offers roasted, cooked and charcoal-grilled dishes with a range of cold starters, pastries, main courses, children’s meals and desserts on offer. Click here to see the full menu. 

Visiting the restaurant for the first time, I am impressed by the selection of food on offer and the excellent value for money. Wanting to play it safe, however, I opt for the Chicken Shawarma (£6.99): roasted chicken morsels marinated in aromatic spices served with traditional bread, chips, garlic dip and salad. Just describing it again makes my stomach rumble – it really was very tasty!

Playing it safe with Chicken Shawarma.

Meanwhile, my guest opts for the Lamb Shawarma (£8.99). When she offers me a taste “to help me write the review”, how can I possibly say no? This dish, too, is extremely flavoursome.

Lamb Shawarma: just as good as its chicken counterpart.
Leaving Shaam Nights, I now know that it’s not just the exterior of the restaurant which differentiates it from City Road’s many other restaurants and takeaways. The quality of the food was really good, with no fat whatsoever on the chicken or meat, whilst the waiting time was very reasonable and our waitress was friendly and knowledgeable. I’ll definitely be coming here again and now that I know what the standard of food is like, I can branch out and be a bit more adventurous – I’ll be working my way through the whole menu!
Shaam Nights
116-118 City Road,
CF24 3HR
(02920) 482 824

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