Located on 5-10 Church Street in Cardiff, the Indian street food restaurant Mowgli will open its doors on Monday 29th July, introducing the smash and grab zing of healthy, light and virtuosic herbs and spices.
This will be the brand’s first site in Wales with plans to open another two restaurants this year, in Leicester and Bristol. Mowgli first opened its doors in 2014 now operates in Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham, Oxford and Sheffield.
Within a one-mile radius you’ll find the likes of Urban Tandoor, Raj, Old India and Dhamaka, the most recent to start serving.
And later this year there will be another top-notch option to choose from, as a fast-rising chain is opening a branch here.
According to Propel Hospitality, Mowgli is set to open on Corn Street in October, just a stone’s throw away from the aforementioned Dhamaka, which launched in November last year to widespread acclaim.
The chain, led by founder Nisha Katona – who has tweeted about the Bristol launch, so far has eight restaurants to its name in cities including Liverpool, Nottingham, Manchester and Sheffield.
It is also on the verge of opening sites in Cardiff and Leicester.
Discussing its food, its website states: “Mowgli is all about how Indians eat at home and on their streets.
“She was born to feed the raw need Indians have for tiffins full of fresh bright intense flavour.
“Mowgli is not about the intimate, hushed dining experience. It is about the smash and grab zing of healthy, light, virtuosic herbs and spices.”
Nisha gave up her 20 year career as a full-time barrister to launch Mowgli in Liverpool and opened a site in Manchester less than a year later.
This is what you can expect
You cannot tell from the outside of the restaurant, but inside, you’re greeted with what I can only describe as a quirky, bohemian-style decor with Mowgli’s own unique twist. You can choose to sit on chairs, benches or if you’re feeling a little adventurous, ‘swing seats’ – a must try!
They don’t provide any starters, instead you can work your way across from left to right, with items on the left hand-side coming out quicker than the rest. Basically, if you order anything from Street Chat or Street Meats, in a way, these can act as your starter foods.
If you want to put your menu choices in the hands of the chef, you’ll want to try the Tiffin Boxes. This is kind of like food roulette and ‘total pot luck’ as they say, as your dishes are ultimately chosen by the chef and you won’t know what you’re getting until it arrives in front of you.
The House Kitchen side of the menu is where you’ll find your curry dishes, but we’re not talking about curry as you might expect from a typical British curry house. Instead, you can expect to eat some of the best curry flavours (that I’ve ever experienced). It’s fresh, it looks great, smells amazing and tastes absolutely sensational. If you’re the type of person that usually shies away from Indian food, then don’t, unless you’ve been here. It’s a completely different experience.
The Mowgli experience is about a fresh take on Indian food and at its heart is how Indians eat in the privacy of their home and on their favourite street stalls.
… and if you still find yourself with room for dessert, and let’s face it, no matter how full you are, there is always room for dessert, you’ll want to check out this entourage of delights.
The menu is entirely comprised of dishes from British Chef, Nisha Katona MBE’s family recipes – and trust me, you won’t be disappointed in the slightest.
Speaking ahead of the opening, Founder and British Chef, Nisha Katona MBE said:
“Wales represents a brave and new frontier for our little homegrown kitchen.
“Cardiff knows what she wants from her dining landscape and I feel that Cardiff could not be a better fit for everything that Mowgli is. She is a quirky bohemian eatery and Cardiff has such a hip and honest foodie scene. I hope Mowgli and my ancestral family dishes do the high Welsh expectations justice”.“The aim of Mowgli is to enrich lives in the cities that she goes to. I will continue to dedicate all my energy into taking Mowgli to the cities that would have her, only as long as they want her.”