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The Swallow

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139 City Road, Cardiff CF24 3BQ, Wales
+44 29 2047 2037
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2016

We have been using the Swallow for years, when it was a restaurant and now as a take away. The food has never disappointed us in all the time that we have been. The owner, John, is so cheerful and chatty and makes you feel very welcome. I would recommend the bbq spare ribs, lettuce wraps (the best I have... More 

Thank Nic186460
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148 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016

Tis used to be our families favourite Chinese restaurant back in the 80`s In those days you had to book well in advance to get a table, and though it was bog standard Cantonese/English food, IMHO it was the best value and tastiest in Cardiff. 30 years on, I recently went back. It is now only take away. The menu... More 

Thank Raymond F
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2016 via mobile

I have been a customer here for years. As too my family. Great service fantastic yummy chinese food. Fresh and not greasy. See for yourself. Also like to add that the food is served in good old fashioned foil cartons...not that plastic container rubbish. It makes a difference in the taste and quality i believe.

Thank Collette W
Hereford, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2016 via mobile

We had chicken chow mien, egg fried rice and chicken and cashew nuts. The food was nicely cooked and the sauce wasn't gloopy as it can be at some takeaways. Good to see lots of cashew nuts.

Thank Georgina_Louis
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74 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2015 via mobile

Went here when it was a restaurant not a take away..pity it's only a take away..food is absolutely fantastic no complaints at all..same with the staff...c'mon turn it back to a restaurant.....

1 Thank Christopher F
Southampton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2015

We have been visiting John's for over 30 years and have never been disappointed. The food is always amazing, the hospitality is second to none. The Swallow is an institution that every Cardiffian either loves, or has not yet experienced.

Thank JamesGar
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2015 via mobile

Quite fussy with my Chinese, and this is without a doubt one of the best in Cardiff. Food very tasty and of good value for money, not had a bad meal from here. Will be back

2 Thank R T
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98 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2015 via mobile

Used to frequent this place over ten years ago when it was a sit-in restaurant. Now just a take away, the food is still every bit as good as I remembered. Particular favourites include ribs in Peking sauce, lettuce wraps and duck in ginger and spring onion. Still great value too, we got four starters, four mains and two chow... More 

1 Thank GemTT33
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2014 via mobile

We ordered a few starters and mains to share between 7 of us, which was quickly cooked. All meats were extremely soft almost melting in your mouth. The dishes were very flavoursome. I will definitely come back for more!

2 Thank Jeremy D
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2014

This place used to be a definite hit every weekend when it used to be a restaurant with the most wonderful owner - made you feel really welcome and always had a smile on the face. As soon as you walked in, you were hit by the most wonderful combinations of flavours and aromas in the air and the food... More 

3 Thank shaqz83

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 6 - USD 12
Chinese, Asian
Restaurant features
Good for
Business meetings
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 139 City Road, Cardiff CF24 3BQ, Wales
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Wales  >  Southern Wales  >  Cardiff
  • Phone Number: +44 29 2047 2037

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?