I’ve had my eye on the menu at Barley and Rye ever since it featured on WalesOnline ahead of the restaurant opening – some strong pub food choices and lots of nods to Welsh produce.
We went for a work lunch and were surprised to find that the former Fat Cats bar had transformed into an impressive cellar-like cavern characterised by a wooden dome ceiling, benches and metal furnishings.
We chose a main and dessert as part of the lunch time £12.95 for two courses offer. I am a self-confessed meat worshipper, but I love cheese more, so cannot resist anything with halloumi as the main ingredient. Could this be the best halloumi burger in Cardiff? I’ve tried a fair few and this was definitely up there. Crispy panko breadcrumbs coating a gooey and salty slab of halloumi within a sweet toasted brioche bun. The chips were also bloody fantastic with crunchy skin, fluffy centre and the tomato chutney was a nice touch as a ketchup alternative.
As if I wasn’t satisfied enough with my main, my dessert of Halen Mon salted (Welsh nod) caramel chocolate torte sealed the deal. Rich chocolate enhanced by sticky, salty caramel and a substantial biscuit base.
Great to see somewhere with good grub establishing on Greyfriars Road.
My eat of the week
- 2 courses for £12.95
- Panko breaded halloumi burger, toasted brioche bun, chipotle mayonnaise, chips, coleslaw and tomato chutney – £8.50
- Halen Mon salted caramel chocolate torte and vanilla ice cream – £4.50