Curado Bar is a new tapas place in the city centre of Cardiff. Its great location on Westgate Street makes it accessible and a great place to go before drinks in town or for a late dinner with friends.
I spent my university days in Aberystwyth with the amazing Ultracomida deli and tapas place around the corner, so when I heard they are planning to open a venue in Cardiff I was more than delighted! Let me tell you, you will not be disappointed after visiting Curado.
Curado has two floor, with a bar downstairs and restaurant upstairs, although you can eat on both levels. Unfortunately you cannot book, so it is a lucky dip if you are planning to visit with a large group of friends. Although it can be annoying at times, it is justified through northern Spanish culture, where people just drop in for some snacks and alcohol and rotate quite frequently during the day. It reinforces the culture of informal eating and a good chat with a glass of alcohol. It definitely reminds me of the relaxed dining culture that I experienced in Spain.
Although I was not drinking I had a quick look at the selection of alcohol and there’s a great choice from my favourite sherry to wine, including some draft beer such as Torro that my friends had. Let’s stop talking about alcohol though! Food is the real star in Curado – with good quality, loads of choices and reasonable prices. I have to say it’s very good competition to Bar 44.
You can get light bites for 2-3 pounds and hot dishes for 5-7 pounds, which is amazing pricing for the Cardiff food scene and will definitely attract people to visit Curado.
Jamón Ibérico, tomate y ajo – hand carved ibérico de bellota ham with garlic & tomato on bread (3 pounds)
Chipirones – breaded and fried baby squid served with allioli & lemon (6 pounds)
Mejillones en escabeche – mussels from the Rias Baixas in a paprika & vinegar marinade (5 pounds)
Champiñon relleno de queso – warm field mushroom filled with mahon cheese, breadcrumbs and Er Boqueron sea water beer (3 pounds)
Champiñones al ajillo – garlic mushrooms with cream & sherry served on toast (6 pounds)
Mojama y afuega’l pitu – air dired tuna, Asturian cow’s cheese, tomato, almonds & honey (3 pounds)
Patatas bravas – fried potatoes served with mojo picón sauce & allioli (4 pounds)
Morcilla, jamón y pimiento asado – black pudding, serrano ham, mojo picon and roasted pepper (3 pounds)
Pan con allioli y aceite – Spanish bread with olive oil & garlic mayonnaise (3 pounds)
Secreto Ibérico a la plancha – garlic & thyme marinated, very tender cut of inbérico pork, pan fried served with lemon, allioli & Basque peppers (6 pounds)
Gambas al ajillo – four large Atlantic red prawns cooked in garlic butter (6 pounds)
Chistorra al vino – basque chorizo slow cooked in red wine (6 pounds)
I did not have a chance to have a dessert, but next time there is no option I am leaving without trying churros y chocolate or caprichos de manzana. I am sure everyones tried churros, but those of you who have not had caprichos before it is a must try – deep fried battered apple rings dusted with sugar and cinnamon.
The only thing that could be improved is serving time, the food does not come out at the same time, so some of us were waiting while others were eating. I think it is a brilliant place, but not suitable for large going out groups, it will be better for 2-6 people.
Do you like tapas food guys? What is your favourite tapas dish? 🙂