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48 hours in Cardiff

In just a couple of weeks, my husband and I are heading to the UK for a quick visit that got postponed from 2023.
We will be in Cardiff from about noon on Sunday until we catch a train to London late Tuesday afternoon. I've been pouring over guidebooks, travel websites, and of course this forum so I have a pretty good selection of activity options depending on the weather.

What I'd like some help with is restaurant recommendations. My husband lives to eat and will be up for trying anything — as long as it's of good quality of course. So what are some suggestions? Besides good restaurants, what are the Welsh foods we should try?

If there is a quirky or unusual experience in the area, feel free to drop that recommendation in this thread too.

Thanks for the help!

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The Asador restaurant featured in a recent TV programme. Go from Castle entrance across road with traffic into High Street - walk S and Quay Street is first R. (I have not checked out this restaurant). https://grupo44.co.uk/asador44/

More info on Cardiff > https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/england/trip-planning-d8d2d7b7-5735-4a38-9c1e-d3bc02c3d61e

If you are going to St. Fagans by bus - this is the service you need. Note it is not very frequent! (Tell driver to let you know when you are at St. Fagans Church. Leave bus and walk alongside wall to electronic gate - push button and they will let you in for free. St. Fagans Castle Museum does not open until 10am).

If you do go to St. Fagans, consider having a meal in The Plymouth Arms - which is a 2 minute walk N from the bus stop by the church. (Walk alongside building to back entrance). https://www.vintageinn.co.uk/restaurants/wales/theplymoutharmssaintfagans#/

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I visited Cardiff for two nights in November and REALLY enjoyed The Welsh House. I had their Sunday Roast, and it was fantastic, better than the Sunday Roast I had in London the week before. The restaurant also has a Taste of Wales set menu that contains many of the traditional Wesh dishes in a set menu as well.

I visited Cardiff Castle which is part Norman part Victorian Castle. Conveniently located in the center of the city. There are several gift shops on the same street as the castle.

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Thanks for all the great ideas -- looking forward to our brief visit! We arrive in Cardiff on the 18th so any more ideas are welcome.

I'll let you know if I discover anything especially cool.