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Science Cream


Who doesn’t love ice cream? Well, I love ice cream and I have an embarrassing number of loyalty stamps from Science Cream.I recently visited this small shop in Castle Arcade because I love ice cream and I had heard that this ice cream was better than your regular 99.

Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 10.47.16The first thing you notice when you enter is how light and bright the interior appears; the white makes the place feel scientific and this affirmed by the ‘ice cream makers’ who wear lab coats. This adds to the sense of fun and excitement you feel when you enter.

It is an experience that involves all your senses; the sweet smell of the ice cream, the lively interior, the eerie smoke. Oh yes! When you enter, the area where they make the ice cream is barred off with clear protective boards with mixers, metal bowls and the key ingredient – Liquid Nitrogen.

Not only does it make the place utterly unique, it also is there for a practical reason – in a science experiment gone wrong, someone discovered that liquid nitrogen, if added to ice cream improves the flavour. The liquid nitrogen creates miniscule ice crystals which quickly evaporates after touching the ice-cream. Liquid nitrogen boils at -196C, meaning you won’t be able to taste it but this is what causes the really cool smoke, that bobs and swirls around the ‘scientists’ that create this delicious treat.

When I visited, there were so many options to choose from; the classic Madagascan vanilla remained but sat alongside Breakfast Cereal and Caramelised Peanut Butter. The changes change weekly but the classics always feature accompanied by new adventurous flavours.

So, I am not the best at choosing but it was close to Valentine’s Day so I decided go for the special – Cupid’s Straw-Brûlée (Small: £3.95, Large: £4.95) which was Coconut or Custard Vanilla Crème anglaise ice cream, (I went for coconut) topped with Italian meringue marshmallow dipped strawberries & fresh raspberry sauce. Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 10.47.44

It was absolutely delicious – much creamier than regular ice cream and the toppings complimented rather than overpowered the ice cream. This balance means that I will definitely be visiting here again.

I loved visiting Science Cream, the atmosphere was amazing – fun but I also felt like I was learning about Sceince, the décor is lovely and the ice cream should be called ‘really, really nice cream.’ Better yet, it is only a stones throw away from Mrs Potts and as it is right next to the castle, on a sunny day, it would be great to enjoy this treat sat outside Cardiff Castle.

As the weather is only just entering spring, I think I will relax inside but in my opinion, although it may be cold outside, it is never too cold for ice cream.Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 10.46.48

Science Cream Ice Cream Parlour is located at 28 Castle Arcade. All details were correct as of Feb 2016.



By Elouise Hobbs

Got Beef?

Yes, and it was delicious. Mikey

I love burgers, they’re awesome but I’m always disappointed by what I usually get served at restaurants In Cardiff…They never quite live up to my expectations. Today, that changed!Got Beef is a Burger restaurant situated on Whitchurch Road and is one of a couple of new burger places that have sprung up in Cardiff over the past year or so.

Got Beef

Me & Jess visited at around 6pm on a Thursday afternoon so we were the only customers there when we arrived.We were greeted by a girl who handed us a menu and told us to order at the bar when we were ready..It’s a pretty relaxed set-up,with the staffmoving around in the background,there if you need them but not constantly on top of you. The kitchen is open plan so you can see your orderbeing cooked if you like. You get the feeling that this is a new place and not everything is in place just yet but I like that and it makes it more comfortable and less scripted if that makes sense.

Inside

The restaurant itself is pretty small and modern with wooden tables, faux brickwork and the widest benches I’ve ever tried to sit on. I like it and it fits the food.

Toilets have been mentioned in previous reviews and now this one does to! The toilet is weird! I’m not sure why but you walk from the modern restaurant with its clean lines and yummy smells into a toilet that looks like it’s from a showroom house. Again, I like it and it adds to the charm :) Anyway! Enough about the toilet, lets talk Burgers. There are around 7 burgers on the menu and I think they may do specials but I’m not sure.

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I opted for the Heisen Burger;

A beef patty with Blue drunken onions (I don’t know), crispy bacon & Blue Cheese. All of the burgers are served on a toasted brioche bun, like the ones on Man V Food… the shiny buns. I don’t know what makes the bun shiny but I think it makes it taste better!

Jess had the Soprano;

A Beef Patty with crispy bacon, Chorizo, Monterey jack cheese and jalapeño mayonnaise.

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On the side we had sweet potato fries & Cajun Onion rings.The burgers came on a wooden platter about 10 minutes after ordering which was awesome and they looked exactly how I think A burger Should. Big but not so big that you can’t hold it with the Juicy ingredients poking out of the shiny, shiny bun. One thing I always find when I order a burger is that the beef is under seasoned but my burger tasted perfect and the blue cheese gave it a salty kick. The onions were a bluey, green colour which was unusual but not off putting and the bacon was crisp and worked well with everything else. The Onion Rings were big, crispy and complimented by the Cajun mayo that was drizzled on Top. Sweet potato Fries were cooked to perfection and no extra sauce was needed! Actually, I think you can judge a good burger by how much ketchup you need to add to make it taste of something. The bottle of Ketchup was there on the table for me to use but it wasn’t needed. So that’s it! The best burger I’ve had in a long time and not just by default but because it was actually, really, really delicious…

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Will go back again and will recommend it to guests.

Our Total Bill for two burgers and two sides with a bottle of water & can of ginger beer came to £23.80

Sorry for any grammar mistakes. I did check , but not too much.

Mikey…
Got Beef
83 Whitchurch Road
029 2061 7534
www.facebook.com/gotbeefcatering

Milgi

Vegetarian restaurant and cocktail lounge by Efa Thomas

Milgi is a popular vegetarian restaurant and cocktail lounge, right in the middle of Roath, a lively multicultural student area and even if you’re not a veggie, it’s definitely worth a visit! Check their Twitter (@Milgi) before you head over, because as well as their tasty food and awesome drinks menu, Milgi plays host to a great variety of events. From DJ’s in the main bar and restaurant area; to live bands or poetry sessions in the Yurt out the back; to interactive art exhibitions and ‘£1 jumble sale’ in the Warehouse, which hides in the alleyway behind the restaurant.

Milgi Outside

It’s about a half hour walk from Bunk House, and the most interesting way to walk is around the castle, past City Hall and the Museum, through Cathays and across to City Road. If you prefer to take a bus, take the 38 or 38A (towards Heath Hospital) from Westgate Street and get off at the top of City Road, the bus stops right outside Milgi, and you can get the bus back from the opposite side of the road (get the ‘Day to Go’ ticket).

If you love the decoration in Bunk House’s bar, you will love Milgi too. They have flamingo wallpaper, comfy couches, Russian doll ornaments, retro neon lights and other colourful quirky things. They also have the coolest toilet I have ever seen, with cinema seats and a TV inside!

I would recommended making a booking beforehand if you’re planning on eating, as it’s often very busy. We went there on a Sunday evening and were lucky to get a table for two! Luckily we did though, so we sampled some of the dishes, so we could recommend them to you!

I had a Berry Collins cocktail (£6) to start off with, a long drink with fresh berries, raspberry vodka, black raspberry liquor, ginger beer and plenty of ice to make it go down easily! My partner had the vegan hot chocolate (£2.40), which was super tasty and convincingly creamy!

Berry collins cocktail

For our starter we shared the Middle Eastern Plater for two (£6.95), which includes falafel, sweet potato dip, baba ganoush, olives, pickled vegetables and fresh flat bread. This was a great palate of tastes, and the sweet potato dip was especially delicious, I’d never tasted anything like it before!

Middle Eastern Platter

Above Milgi’s kitchen, it reads ‘recipes from around the world, ingredients from around the corner’, and they have a strong focus on using Organic and local produce, so the prices are reasonable as you’re paying for a quality, ethical meal.

For our mains we had the Chickpea and Sesame Burger (£8.95), and one of the Seasonal Specials, the Wholefood Bowl (£6.95). The burger is served in a wholemeal seeded bun with a delicious, fresh salad and tasty chunky wedges. The burger itself is a great recipe – it tastes amazing and chickpeas are full of protein and good for us veggies! The Wholefood Bowl comes with roasted sesame root vegetables, brown rice, wilted greens, sprouted seeds and a lemon dressing. This is a super-healthy option, full of goodness. By the time we’d finished our mains, we were too full to sample the desserts, but there are a few sweet options, and plenty more tasty drinks on the menu!

Chickpea and Sesame Burger Wholefood Bowl

So, whether you go for drinks, food, art or music, Milgi is one of Cardiff’s most interesting bars, where you can relax in the company of the city’s creative creatures, in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Aggressive burger eating.

Efa

Milgi, 213 City Road, CF24 3JD
02920 473150
www.milgilounge.com

Mowlana Persian Restaurant

A taste of Persian culture by Emanuella Mutulescu

Mowlana

On a usual day, do you want something a bit different? Do you want to be nicely surprised? A fresh face among the Cardiff’s restaurants, the Persian Mowlana is a place that will impress your expectations. Situated 15 minutes walk from the city centre, Mowlana restaurant is a family business ran by two persian brothers.

As you enter the restaurant you are welcomed by a clean environment decorated with delicate persian elements. The friendly staff will do the best they can to find the right place for you, so that you can make the most out of your visit, and that is just the start of a very pleasant experience.

Beside the quick service you will be very happy to find that every penny of yours is highly rewarded by a generous portion of food. Right from the starters you can get a glimpse of their unique culture. The food is absolutely delicious with a vast variety of vegetarian and persian meat specialities.

For the meat lovers I strongly recommend the lamb course which contains two large pieces of minced lamb, with a side dish of naan bread or saffron flavoured rice. Apart from this you also get a fresh salad mix to complement the meal.

As an extra on the week days between 12 o’clock and 4 o’clock you can get some good value for money deals. It’s a nice place to have your lunch in, to spend your evening with the family or have a good fun with your friends.

Make sure you book a table and try it for yourself. You won’t be disappointed!

Emanuella

Mowlana Persian Restaurant
2-4 Four Elms Road, Cardiff CF24 1LE

02920 480100
Ask at reception for more details or help on how to find Mowlana.
 

Pettigrew Tea Rooms

Sandwiches, cake and tea by Jessica Alloway

Pettigrew is housed in the old west lodge at the entrance to the lovely Bute park and is named after the Head Gardener to the Third Marquess of Bute.

Pettigrew tea rooms in one of my favourite lunchtime venues. When you first step in to the tea room you are drawn in by the amazing selection of cakes that are on display. Some of the cakes look so nicely made that they almost look Artificial. THEY LOOK TOO PERFECT…If that’s possible. It’s a calm and relaxed environment, where time seems to slow down. There is always a good mix of people, old and young giving life to the place with their chatter. It just feels so British and I love it!

During colder months it’s warm and cosy inside and summer months they have a pretty outside area looking over the park and river. The décor is simple but cute, and the staff are always friendly and helpful with excellent knowledge of the menu. My go to favourite thing on the menu is the afternoon tea. You have a choice of beverage (for me this has to be English breakfast tea), finger sandwiches with choice of fillings, scone with cream and one of the best jams I have ever tasted which is followed by a huge piece of cake of which there are about 10 to choose from!! It’s super tasty but I always end up having the cake ‘to go’ as I can never finish (:… But then end up polishing off the cake on the walk home.

If you are looking for something light to eat in the city and you want to embrace some British tea culture. This is the place. One small complaint ,  If I’m going to be nit picky is some of the tables are a bit too small to accommodate the numerous plates, cups and saucers that come with the afternoon tea but it’s hardly a problem. I would also recommend booking a table if your going at peak times because it can get a little busy(:

Just in case there is any doubt. I love this place.

Oh and please forgive my spelling and grammar!

Jess

Pettigrew Tea Rooms
Bute Park & Arboretum, Castle St, Cardiff CF10 1BJ (Just down the road from the main entrance to the castle)
029 2023 5486
Just ask at reception for more details!