Zi’s Café is an all-time favourite for us in Cardiff. It operates as both a dining-in venue and a takeaway for those who prefer to dine at home instead. We, however, tend to eat-in as the restaurant atmosphere is very pleasant and the owner is always friendly with a ready smile. Since the last post, the menu has been updated with many new things. Below is a selection of the various dishes we have tried over time.
The first dish is the Singapore Fried Rice (星洲炒饭), priced at £5.20. Since its introduction in the new menu, this has been a frequent order for us. The rice is fried with chilli and a touch of curry, making it very appetising. While very good in its original form, requesting this dish to be extra spicy results in an even more satisfying eating experience. The rice is also fried with a mixture of pork, chicken and prawns, resulting in a complete meal.
Next up is the Shredded Pork with Pickled Cabbage Noodles (雪菜肉丝汤面), priced at £5.20. It is not often that one gets to have noodles in soup in the UK and this proved to be a nice change from what we usually have. The soup is flavourful and the pickled cabbage gives the whole dish a nice salty touch. The next time you’re in the mood for noodles in soup, this dish is worth a try.
We’ve also had the Deep Fried Aubergine with Chilli and Garlic (椒盐茄子) numerous times. This dish is one that we rate highly and is priced at £4.90. The aubergine is cut into small cubes and deep fried in batter after which it is wok tossed with chilli, onions, peppers and of course garlic. This dish is one that will excite the tastebuds.
The next dish is the Braised Bean Curd with Shredded Roast Pork in Oyster Sauce (红烧豆腐), priced at £4.90. This dish tasted good as the sauce had just the right amount of flavour thanks to the oyster sauce and the bean curd was nice in texture.
The Lamb with Leek in Spicy Soya Sauce (葱爆羊肉), priced at £5.90 is another dish we tried. This dish had a generous serving of both lamb and leek. The combination of all the ingredients produced a delicious dish with a dash of spice yet sweet at the same time.
This is the Pork with Cucumber in Spicy Garlic Sauce (黄瓜炒肉片), priced at £4.90. This is yet another good dish that is worth a try. The pork was tender and was flavourful enough with a hint of spiciness. The cucumber was fried along with the pork and we were pleasantly surprised at how the cucumber turned out. It tasted good with a nice ‘wok hei’ element to it.
Finally, here we have the Mixed Seafood “Sze Chuan” Style (四川海鲜), priced at £6.20. This dish consisted of a mixture of prawns, fish and squid cooked in a spicy garlic chilli sauce. It should be noted that the dish was not actually spicy, but it was still palatable.
Overall, you can never go wrong with the food from Zi’s Café. This place is suitable to dine with the family or between friends. Students such as ourselves (rather, ex-students) enjoy dining here for the good food, reasonable prices and relaxed, friendly environment.
94, Woodville Road,
Cardiff CF24 4ED,