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Blog Reviews from HungryCityHippy


On the hunt for ethical, organic, and sustainable yet convenient ways of eating. Passionate about guilt-free food. Cardiff, London & elsewhere.

  1. Published : Tuesday, 10th December 2013

    Milgi | Sunday Roast at Milgi Lounge, Cardiff

    I’d been meaning to try the Sunday Roast at Milgi for absolutely AGES. It came runner up for Best Sunday Lunch in Wales in the Observer Food Monthly Awards 2013 which is pretty epic for a vegetarian restaurant. Plus, I just love the vibe and the ethos of the place, even more-so because it’s on one of the, er, grottier streets of Roath, Cardiff – better known for it’s dodgy kebab houses than it’s ethical, sustainable little arty cafe bars. To cut a long story short, it did not disappoint. We dined on the £8.95 nut roast which changes with the seasons – ours came with paprika roast potatoes, chard, pumpkin mash, a Yorkshire pud and tomato gravy...

  2. Published : Wednesday, 27th November 2013

    Franco Manca | Perfect Pizza: Franco Manca, Tottenham Court Road

    Last night, I scheduled a much needed catch up in central London with one of my very oldest friends. She suggested we visit a new Pizza restaurant on Tottenham Court Road, named Franco Manca. This newly opened Sourdough Pizzeria is the sixth one of it’s kind in London, with other branches being based in Northcote, Brixton, Chiswick, Westfield and Balham. I had never been to any of them before, so I was excited to see what was on offer...

  3. My search for the best ethical burger is now well underway, with my next offering coming from the Cosy Club in Cardiff city centre. The Club in Cardiff is one of six establishments in the chain, which is owned by the same company who operate the popular Lounge cafe/bars across the south of the UK (I am a regular customer of Juno Lounge on Welfield Road, Cardiff). Their Cosy Club offering is intended to be a sort of family-friendly speakeasy, with a mishmash of influences from various eras and styles, and huge glass windows looking out over The Hayes. It’s not the kind of place I like to go for drinks in the evening (owing to the dining element – I prefer to stick to just booze on my boozy night’s out), but it’s great for a brunch with the boyfriend or a long lunch with friends...

  4. Today I decided to kick off my hunt for the best guilt-free burger around, and after hearing great things on Twitter, there was no better place to start than Cardiff’s hottest new fast-food restaurant, The Grazing Shed. Recently opened just behind the shiny St David’s 2 complex in Cardiff’s city centre, I was keen to see what the fuss was about...

  5. I have read a lot of mixed reviews for Jamie Oliver’s Diner, the celebrity chef’s newest, shiniest ‘pop up’ restaurant in central London. Situated at Piccadilly Circus on the corner of Shaftesbury Avenue, it’s a bona-fide tourist trap and pretty much guaranteed to draw the crowds and make a mint...

  6. For the last 5 years, my mum has been mostly vegetarian (except for special occasions) and almost vegan – meaning that I am forever on the hunt for veggie-friendly meal options in my home town of Cardiff. I was therefore very excited when friends mentioned The Vegetarian Food Studio in Cardiff; a local and unassuming café promising fresh and vegan Indian fare. On a recent trip back home to see the folks, I decided to pick up a takeaway and try it for myself. The café itself is unpretentious and a little basic, but clean and bright...

  7. Published : Wednesday, 8th May 2013

    Chipotle Wimbledon | Chipotle: Ethical Fast Food?

    Some days, we all need a big, fat take-away. Luckily, I happen to live just down the road from a Chipotle Mexican Grill – a fast food burrito joint with a difference. They specialise in what they call ‘food with integrity.’ Although this sounds a little schmaltzy (we can’t hold it against them, they’re American) it basically means that wherever possible, they will use local suppliers, use meat from animals raised under higher welfare standards, and support sustainable practices. Though they are not able to promise that all of their meat is free-range or organic, in many ways, their mission statement reminds me a lot of my own personal relationship with ethical food – not perfect, but definitely trying. And I’m all for supporting steps in the right direction, and in this case, voting with my wallet. I visited the brand spanking new restaurant on Wimbledon Hill on a Sunday, and was a little surprised to find it rather empty. (Surely a brick made of meat, beans and cheese is the best way to cure a hangover?) Undeterred, I approached the counter and ordered my own personal combination of fillings – it’s the same conveyor belt set-up as Subway, like a burrito pick ‘n’ mix...

  8. Published : Tuesday, 5th March 2013

    Clockjack Oven | ClockJack Oven: The New Nandos

    Last week, I took a trip into Soho to try out a new ‘modern rotisserie restaurant’ on Denman Street; the rather oddly named Clockjack Oven. From the outside, Clockjack is unassuming and unremarkable, but I don’t mean that in a bad way at all. It simply makes the unexpected quality of the food served inside all the more rewarding...