When Wayne opened Caban (then Canteen) on Clifton Street in 2007 there was little choice for vegetarians or vegans in Cardiff. He reversed the usual menu, offering a range of tasty, quirky globally-inspired veggie and vegan meals and one meat option. Now he has decided to move on, and the Caban will close soon, so if you want to try, now's the time.
My friends and I enjoyed the friendly atmosphere and unpretentious setting. The Malaysian mushrooms, crumpet and Thai pesto starter was moreish - I'd never have thought a crumpet would work so well. The goat cheese, butternut and leek strudel with celeriac mash, cavolo nero, beetroot and salsa verde was a big hit with three friends - a crispy, colourful feast for the senses. I enjoyed my tofu lollipop, nasi goreng and satay sauce, but would have ordered the strudel if they hadn't all done the same. The Thai red beef curry with jasmine rice and Thai salad was gobbled up swiftly, and had a generous serving of beef. My lime and vanilla cheesecake with chocolate crumbs and lime sorbet was light, flavoursome and a great end to the meal, and the sticky toffee pudding is a trusted favourite. They open 7-10pm on Fridays and Saturdays and filled up swiftly when we were there, so book now while you can. It costs £12.50 for a main, £16 for two courses, £19.50 for three.