Eat Your Way Round the World in Swansea in 15 Restaurants
May 16, 2019
Swansea City Centre has blossomed over the past few years when it comes to offering enticing places to eat – and if diners are looking for something exotic to tickle their taste buds they don’t have to look far. From the lively spicing of Mexican, Thai and Middle Eastern food, to the smoky, rich and indulgent flavours of US cuisine, foodies can find it all on their doorstep – without having to travel the world.
Popular High Street Italian restaurant Buon Appetito has recently rebranded to become Pastalicious, serving vibrant Mediterranean favourites in a more fast-food style, but with the same home-cooked and made-with-love feel it has always had.
Try this: Pasta, sauce, cheese, garlic bread and drinks combination meal deals for £4.95.
Awa Grill House
This relaxed Middle Eastern eaterie in College Street is renowned for its fresh salads, vibrant juice mixes, lovely flat breads, grills, and sharing platters.
Try this: Charcoal grilled king prawns with flat bread. £10.40
Café Del Mar
This much-loved café in Picton Arcade serves up quality Italian coffee and pasta lunches, alongside Welsh and British favourites, like toasties and Welsh cakes.
Penne carbonara. £5.50
Belle Vue Restaurant
A bijou and inviting little gem, Belle Vue specialises in simple French and Italian style classics, with a real eye for show-stopping desserts.
Try This: Their creamy carbonara topped with gran Padano, for £13, followed by a slice of Oreo cheesecake.
Fast food heaven for lovers of enticing street food. Their crunchy falafels are paired with fresh and plentiful servings of vibrant salads and a range of sauces. This is one of a new crop of great street food-style options that is bringing a new demographic to Swansea Market.
Try this: Classic falafel with hummus, a choice of salads and sauces. Regular: £3.50, large: £4.50
Delicious burritos, tacos, quesadillas and salad boxes, for carnivores, vegans and vegetarians. El Mercado understand the value of texture and variety to help keep the taste buds interested.
Try this: Mini Mexican bean burgers, in a burrito, with salad: £4.50 https://www.facebook.com/elmercadoswansea/
Lovers of Indian food have been flocking to Govindas on Cradock Street, for years. This vegetarian and vegan café specialises in subtle spicing and East-meets-West combinations.
Try this: Govindan’s sharing platter, featuring dahl, pooris, pakoras salads and chutneys.
Classic Turkish food, including grills, pide and stuffed vine leaves, with big flavours and lots of authenticity. Find it in High Street.
Try this: Lamb Betyi kebab – spicy minced lamb seasoned with garlic and parsley and served with rice. £11.
Pastel De Nata
This charming little café and bakery, in Nelson Street, serves up sweet and savoury treats from the owner’s native Portugal.
Try this: The classic pastel de nata, with it fragrant custard filling and crisp pastry case.
A family-run Italian café with oodles of character, Franco’s, in Nelson Street, serves classic Italian dishes and snacks, and some Welsh classics too.
Try this: Pizzaiola pasta – a classic penne dish, packed with sunshine favours. https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Coffee-Shop/Francos-162823163737873/
Colourful and welcoming, Turtle Bay brings the warm spicing and the soul food ethos of the Caribbean to Castle Street. The music is always top-notch too.
Try this: melt-in-the-mouth goat curry and crisp and golden sweetcorn fritters, £15.80.
Bouchon de Rossi
Next to Swansea Grand Theatre, Bouchon De Rossi has long been the place to go for elegant French cuisine and satisfying seasonal specials.
Try this: Pork medallions, madeira, bacon, cracked black pepper & cream sauce from their lunchtime specials menus. £9.95.
A mainstay of Wind Street, Smoke Haus serves up slow-cooked, richly-flavoured barbecue with a US Deep South feel.
Try this: New Orleans 170g burger, with Swiss cheese, slow-cooked brisket, sauce and pickles. £13.95.
Part of the DNA of Swansea City Centre, La Braseria has a rustic feel, a traditional Mediterranean menu and an eye for locally-sourced produce.
Try this: Calamares and grilled pork loin from the lunchtime menu, served with fries, for £13.95.
You don’t have to book a holiday in the Algarve to revisit classic, bright, Portuguese flavours.
Try this: Chicken Portuguesa – chicken breast cooked in tomato, mushrooms, onions, and cream, served as part of the lunchtime special menus, with a starter, for £10.95. https://www.madeirarestaurantswansea.co.uk/
It is well known for its inventive cocktails and its cool décor, but No.6 has found its feet as far as its food offering is concerned too. Its Wednesday to Sunday brunch menu is causing a stir – thanks to its delicious American style pancakes and its rich and expertly made coffees.
Try this: Classic pancake stack with bacon and maple syrup.