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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
Milgi, 213 City Road, CF24 3JD