I am a complete lover of food. There is no denying that. In fact the hubby and I are pretty much foodies, which is why I am ashamed to say that we left it so late to visit Cardiff's Street Food Circus. In fairness to us we have had a very busy couple of months which included being away in Australia for 3 weeks. But after finally visiting we have been left gutted that we hadn't gone sooner.
Street Food Circus is only open Friday-Sunday every weekend in May and June and as i'm sure you've worked out, this upcoming weekend is its last weekend. It's located in John Street in Cardiff and is right next to the No fit state circus, which is a great central location. It is outdoors but there is a huge circus style tent for you to eat your food under.
So what is it? It's basically a collective of the best street food traders all in one place. There are so many different stalls to choose from, you almost can't decide what to have, which I guess is what street food is all about. Trying a bit of everything and getting a taste of new flavours.
We started off with an authentic souvlaki from Meat and Greek. They are a cypriot family run business serving up home cooked food. You can find them here on Facebook or Twitter, to learn more. We had a chicken souvlaki with halloumi, salad, homemade tzatziki, houmous, parsley and onions. As you can see from the picture it is huge. It really was a meal in itself. I would have never have thought to put tzatziki with houmous but it really works and gives a mouth watering flavour. The meat was extremely tender and the halloumi was perfectly grilled. The combination of flavours really compliment each other offering a good mix of sweet, sour and bitter.
Next up we grabbed some fries from Chucks and they sure lived up to their name. They certainly were large and stacked. We opted for posh fries which was parmesan, truffle oil and chives. They were unbelievably tasty. I never want to eat plain fries again. Adding something so simple such as those 3 ingredients gives a whole new flavour to an otherwise boring side for your meals.
Eva had a hot dog from Slow Pig. All their meat is free range which is something we strongly support in our household. Eva loves sausages and she quickly ate this one which is always a good sign. In fact she ate the sausage and left the tortilla wrap which it was in. I think this is a testament to how much she enjoyed the meat.
Our last savoury dish came from the wonderful Purple Poppadom. We are huge fans of this restaurant and find the menu by Anand George unique and inspiring. Due to this we had to give their street food option a try and we weren't disappointed. The cart offers 'frankie rolls' which you can have in a variety of different flavours. We had the tandoori chicken tikka which was fab. I am salivating just remembering the taste. In fact we enjoyed it so much we forgot to take a photo of it, so you'll have to take my word for it on that. View the menu here where you can see what is included in each roll, Menu.
For desert we visited Science Cream. They are actually based in the Castle arcade in Cardiff but we have not been yet. We will definitely be going now though. I am always more of a savoury person so I don't often opt for a desert which is probably why we haven't visited science cream yet. Science cream is basically liquid nitrogen ice cream. Arwyn and I have tried liquid nitrogen ice cream before from none other than Heston Blumenthal. Sadly he did not personally make it for us but we had it in his restaurant, so you might say we had something pretty good to compare this one to. It is made as you order which means that it is always fresh. We tried the salted caramel flavour with chocolate brownie topping. Oh my god am I a desert convert now. If I could eat this every time I had a desert I would be a very happy woman. Wow was it amazing. It was super smooth and soft, almost like silk or velvet. It was just perfect and wasn't sickly at all. Again the portion size was big.
To sum up we had an absolute ball. Eva found the whole thing fantastic which shows that it is a great place for the whole family. We are definitely going to go again this weekend as it's the last weekend and we will be eagerly awaiting its return.
Have you been yet? What did you like best? Are you going to go?
Love Kerry xx