Sunday, 28 July 2013

Beirut Moon - Mina Restaurant, Cardiff, review

Yesterday, when I was looking for somewhere for dinner, two things occurred to me. Firstly that I hadn't visited the Cathays area of Cardiff for quite a long time, and secondly that I hadn't had any good Middle Eastern food since our holiday visiting the temples of Egypt 5 years ago. There was only one thing for it, and that was a trip to Lebanese Restaurant, Mina on Crwys Road.

Mina Restaurant, Cathays, Cardiff

The restaurant exterior is unassuming, the dining room relaxed but charming and the service is friendly and attentive. Large groups of friends and couples are equally well catered for and the textiles covering the walls absorb the sound meaning that even when full, the chatter of other tables provides a pleasant background hum.

I can recommend the Lebanese beer, and looking around, most other tables agreed.
Almaza Beer at Mina, Cathays, Cardiif

We started with the Selection of Mézzes for 2 people (£12) which included an excellent Hummus, Falafel, Stuffed Grape Leaves, and Kibeh. Star of the show for me was the Baba Ghanoush which was smoky and pefect scooped up with some fresh Tabouleh by the thin flat breads.

Selection of Mézzes, Mina, Cathays, Cardiff

Flatbread, Mina, Cathays, Cardiff

We ordered kebabs to split and share. The chicken, or Shish Taouk (£11.95) could only have been improved by the addition of flatbread to soak up the juices from the meat. The chunks of chicken were moist and charred perfectly as were the grilled peppers, onions and tomatoes. A half dome of rice was tasty and a pot of yoghurt dip provided some sharpness and moisture.

Chicken kebab, Mina, Cathays, Cardiff

The lamb kofta (£11.50) was fantastic. Simply seasoned and all the better for it. This main was served with the same vegetables and sauce as the chicken but with the addition of flat bread rather than rice.

Kofta kebab, Mina, Cathays, Cardiff

We were both far too full for dessert so the bill was requested and the total came to about £45 for the starter, mains and 4 drinks. We left stuffed and happy and I definitely won't be a stranger to this side of town in future.

Mina Restaurant
43 Crwys Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF24 4ND
02920 235212


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