• Madhav

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Vegetarian Indian restaurant attached to a (non-veg) grocery shop in the Riverside area of Cardiff. Vegans to inquire about dairy use. Open Mon-Sun 09:00-21:00.

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11 Reviews

First Review by mikebinos


Points +564

25 Feb 2020

It’s fine

I just ate at this restaurant. They had some vegan choices but none of them were marked. In fact, no allergens were separately marked. The tables were all shabby Formica which hadn’t been cleared and the whole place was really drab. The food arrived and it was ok but I wouldn’t go rushing back there.

Cons: Vegan food not clearly marked, Uninspiring surroundings, Doesnt look that clean; tables were dirty.



Points +513

07 Nov 2019

What a great find

What a great little place in the Riverside district of Cardiff, within sight of the Principality Stadium on the other side of the Taff. My partner had the thali - for just under seven quid she got a poppadum, rice, two rotis, two vegetable curries, two dals, pakora, chutney and a jalebi. I ordered vada pav and idly sambar. "Don't have the vada pav" he said "it's very spicy." The iddlies were delicious, dripping with sambar. I went to pay and it was thirteen quid. "How was the vada pav?" he asked "Spicy?" "Yeah" I said "bloody delicious. I should've had two."

It was, too.

Pros: Mouth-watering sambar, Incredible value thali, Delicous vada pav

Cons: There are no cons


Points +58

13 Dec 2018


Cheap yummy vegan snacks. They also have a grocery section with fresh spices and Asian/Carribean foods.


Points +9

Mostly Veg
13 Feb 2018

Comida sin pretensiones!

No se le puede llamar restaurante ,es mas bien "take away". Tiene 4 o 5 mesas para los que quieran comer sin ninguna pretension, dentro de una tienda o que comparte con una tienda. Es una opcion para vegetarianos si, pero para comer algo rapido.

Cons: barato


Points +28

09 Nov 2017


We come here quite regularly for thali at lunch time. It's delicious and rivals the vegetarian food studio. You have to ask for the vegan version. The seating area is rubbish and the lady who sometimes serves you is rude but that adds to the charm for me! The Thali I've had has always been delicious and the portion sizes good.


Points +5040

01 Dec 2016

Delicious Food.

This is the second time we went to Madav. The 1st time we had Rice and dhal and Uttapum with Chutney and Sambar. We enjoyed it. It was tasty but a bit oily. This time we had Idly with Sambar and Chutney and Uttapum with Sambar and chutney. They are traditionally South Indian Dishes which are popular in my culture. They are also gluten free as batter used is made from rice and urad dhal. It was so delicious that we ordered another two and ended up spending £17 for 2 of us! Portions are small so it ends up being pricy. Most of the Menu is Vegan, apparently only the Biriyani uses ghee and some sweetmeats. They have Vegan Ladoo and Jelebi. It has indoor seating for about only 10 people. It is connected to their vegetarian shop and is a small restuarant. We noticed that some of the food is perhaps made earlier as I noticed them reheat in a microwave. The curries, rice, idly were heated in the microwave. The uttapum was made on the spot but batter could have been from the fridge. The kitchen is open plan so we can see everything. The food still tastes good. But definitely recommend!

Pros: Vegan Options

Cons: Small Portions, Have dairy products, Few seating


Points +96

14 Oct 2016

it's nice

a hidden diamond in the rough. lovely little place. they explained what options are vegan and made everything fresh to order.took my food away to eat at work. lots there and very filling. only criticism was that it is quite oily.

Pros: shop and restaurant, nice food, vegan options

Cons: excessively oily


Points +58

20 Aug 2015


Had take out after reading some good reviews.
Came home to find out we had no rice with our meals with portions already being really small.

Lady at the 'restaurant' was not really interested in helping us when we wanted to order anyway, so I guess she wasn't interested in us coming back. Ever.

Cons: Bad service, Small portions, Only receiving part of the order


Points +574

28 Apr 2014


We just bought some "different" indian food in the shop because the lady in the kitchen told us that nothing is vegan there because they always use milk. It sounded a bit strange to us, but fine: going to the near Vegetarian Food Studio was absolutely better.


Points +27

Mostly Veg
08 Jul 2012

We love Madhavs

Although the choice is limited, what is there is lovely and good value. Recommend the Bhelpuri, biryani or the lentil balls. Some of the other dishes are close to limit of what I can cope with spice wise, but my more chilli tolerant mates rave about it.


Points +165

24 Apr 2012

Good and Fresh

Madhav is pretty similar to the nearby Vegetarian Food Studio. It is attached to a vegetarian grocery store (with many Indian/Asian products), which is nice. There are not as many options on the menu as at VFS, but it is a pretty fresh meal. After ordering our dishes we heard chopping and frying; it's an open kitchen so you see them and hear them making your food. Very small operation with one woman doing the cooking. The bread seemed like it was just packaged bread, but the rest of the food was really good. We were only visiting Cardiff, not from there, so having both Madhav and VFS nearby was nice; we got to try both and if visiting it is nice to go to both and compare them. There are also sweets at Madhav but not sure if they make them.

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