Thursday, 13 August 2015

Bodlon - Review

Spare time is a rarity these days for me and no doubt other parents. Between work, parenting and trying to maintain some sort of social life spare time is as rare as an honest politician. So it was with great surprise I found myself with a little spare time a couple of Fridays ago. I decided to use my spare time by going for a solo light lunch at a newly  opened cafe. Bodlon, which I believe means 'satisfied' in Welsh, opened its door last month and as it's slogan states you are invited to meet, eat and shop. 



This cafe/gift shop certainly gets top marks for d├ęcor. The corrugated cladding on one wall with bodlon spelt out in lights on it looks superb. A fantastic juxtaposition and a nice personal touch as the corrugated sheets are from the owner Nia's late fathers home. Elsewhere the essential filament style lights and distressed timber wall cladding give this place an eclectic feel that make it memorable and stand out from other cafes with its own distinctive agricultural/shabby chic style. Most of the rest of the wall space in the cafe is taken up with everything from  bara brith baking kits to cushions for sale and everything in between!




Aside from the delicious looking cakes and pastries the menu is mainly made up of various salad and panini options. I decided to go for the Greek salad (£6.50) and an americano. The coffee served immediately was good the salad was poor. 
Dry salad leaves that tasted like they were straight out of a bag, poor quality olives and feta. The 'dressing' poured onto the centre of the salad and not mixed through tasted like it comprised solely of balsamic vinegar. The Greeks have enough issues without this being done to one of their most well known dishes.  I maybe being harsh but the place had been open for a few weeks, it was quiet when I was there and it's salad.



Bodlon has a distinctive style of its own which sets it apart. It's a great addition to Whitchurch that I can see being very popular. I would recommend it for a coffee, cake and catch up or to buy a cute gift. The food however needs work.

Bodlon
Address: 12 Park Road, Cardiff, CF14 7QB    
Web: www.bodlon.com


2 comments:

  1. I agree with nearly everything ... But the salad I had was lovely! It was a 'Bodlon salad', with chick peas and avocado. I can't eat tomatoes and the staff were happy to make up the salad without them. Staff were very friendly and the place was clean, and dishes etc cleared promptly. I'll definitely visit again.

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  2. I agree with nearly everything ... But the salad I had was lovely! It was a 'Bodlon salad', with chick peas and avocado. I can't eat tomatoes and the staff were happy to make up the salad without them. Staff were very friendly and the place was clean, and dishes etc cleared promptly. I'll definitely visit again.

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