I love a good sandwich (my nickname at school was Sarah Bread Head – go figure) but now that I’m vegan, I rarely find anything other than the ubiquitous falafel wrap when I’m out and about. I’ve done my research though, and as it’s British Sandwich Week (14–20 May), I’ve rounded up the best vegan (and veggie) sandwiches you’ll find in Cardiff. Enjoy.
Wally’s has been something of a food fairground for me since I was a kid and turning vegan hasn’t stopped that. The Kaffehaus is king of the open sandwich and although there’s lots of meat and cheese on the menu, the staff are happy to change the fillings for you. For example, you can make the Linz vegan by simply taking out the halloumi and adding extra avocado. Win win.
New York Deli
This is another Cardiff institution and somewhere I’ve shied away from since ditching the pastrami as I assumed there’d be nothing there that I could eat. Turns out I was wrong. This heavenly hoagie (that’s a submarine-type roll to us non-Yanks) contains two types of vegan cheese, and all the salad, relish and sriracha sauce a girl could want. Other vegan options include a bagel burger and the grinder with veggie mince.
HOLY MOLY, the California hoagie with TWO types of #vegan cheese from @newyorkdelicardiff is out of this world. A super inspiring 'business meeting' with @yayamypay and a chat with the lovely staff made it the perfect dining experience. Happy #friyay y'all! Oh, and there's #nofilter on this because it looks that good.
Don’t be fooled by the name; everything at The Moos is 100% vegan and delicious to boot. Check it out for super sandwiches, cakes and hot drinks with a twist. The menu changes with the seasons which is a good excuse for me to go back.
I’m in love with this cafe on Cowbridge Road in Canton. Pop in for a Middle Eastern breakfast, some of the best houmous in the capital or this fabulous falafel wrap. Ask for it with everything (I always get extra hot sauce) and prepare yourself for one filling lunch. At £3.50, it’s a bargain too.
The veggie sausage from Chapter is pretty perfect, especially with heaps of HP sauce and a strong Americano. It’ll power you through the fiercest of hangovers, a looming deadline, the latest art house film – or simply the little darlings running around the place.
This tiny little baguette shop is tucked away in the Royal Arcade and every lunchtime, a queue forms for one of the tastiest (and best value) lunches in the city centre. Gareth’s been feeding Cardiff’s office workers for over 15 years and is passionate about using high-quality fresh ingredients – the clue’s in the name, really. There are plenty of veggie options on the menu and you can easily ‘build’ your own baguette. This one with houmous, vegan pesto and roasted vegetables is just amazing.
I’m so pleased that Waterloo Tea opened a branch in the city centre, because it does some FINE tea, sandwiches and vegan cake. The open sandwiches are the stuff of dreams and especially tasty when served with the soup of the day.
Kemi’s in Pontcanna is best known for its sunshine salads but if you’re more of a bread head, try the sandwiches and wraps on offer. This combination of houmous, baba ganoush, sweet potato and caramelised onion wrap is genius.
Grazing Shed is home to Cardiff’s beefiest burgers (and also does some veggie and vegan options – if you haven’t tried the Wah Wah, what are you waiting for?) and at the weekend you can do brunch at its St Mary Street restaurant. As well as the ubiquitous avocado smash, you can also enjoy this kale fritter with cashew cream.