A mid range option with great variety. It felt like eating in a proper restaurant but with a more economical price range. Also, staff was remarkably nice.
Having lived in Cardiff a few years I have heard nothing but good things about Madame Fromage and now I understand why.
The service was friendly and apologetic for how busy they were as clearly they are a popular place!
Once ordered drinks arrived quickly and food wasn't long after.
The value for money was exceptional and the food delicious, perfectly cooked and very pretty plates.
Would ablosutely recommend for anyone wanting somewhere off the beaten track in Cardiff.
Such a cute place and a truly wonderful lunch - the Mac n cheese was delicious and we would definitely come again.
Great Welsh Rarebit washed down with some Welsh pale ale. Also bought some Welsh Black Bommer Cheddar Cheese!
Sunday 9th Feb, 1.30 waiting until 2.10 for our meal. What arrived was really lovely just need to sort the kitchen turnaround time.
Situated in a double corner site in one of the pedestrian arcades. Fabulous cheese counter and wonderful dishes produced from a tiny kitchen.
Cozy restaurant with friendly staff and excellent food!
If you find yourself in Castle arcade do not miss this lovely place!
Called in for lunch while on a business trip. Arrived just before 1pm and was seating straight away. Ordered the mixed plate and it was served in under 10 mins.
Excellent selection of cheeses, nice mix or cured meats with a small salad. I opted to not have bread so they kindly knocked a little off the price without me asking or hinting. All in all a great lunch and I walked out satisfied and with a wedge of the red devil Snowdonia cheese. I will be back next time I'm in Cardiff.
It's a cute little spot for a nice lunch. The food is quite standard but nice tasting. A bigger variety would have been nicer though.
The service was good, staff were very friendly and asked us about our experience throughout.
Location was really convenient.
If you're visiting Cardiff for the 1st time it's definitely a good place to stop by.
A good range of food including veggie.
Not just 'the usual' but a range of daily specials.
Friendly staff but not the quickest service!
Limited seating and quite popular.
We called here yesterday for a lunchtime treat, we have bought cheese from their deli previously, but not eaten here, whilst this place is not the cheapest in Cardiff, if you love cheese, bread, wine and hot chocolate, then this has to be THE place to go.
We started with a wine (house red Merlot) which was perfect and my partner had a Hot Chocolate (with real toasted marshmallows), the are experts on Hot Chocolate and they said it was the best they have ever had.
When the food that we ordered arrived we were overwhelmed with the portions and quality of the food, various artisan breads and a side salad fit for a king.
It has been a long time since I have enjoyed my lunch so much!
The service was good especially as they were so busy, the food excellent and at an affordable price.
We are already planning our next visit to Madame Fromage to eat and buy some items from the deli.,
A large portion of Parisian style right on our doorstep.
Visited here whilst staying in Cardiff. This was our 3rd visit and by far the most disappointing. We will not be returning.
I felt service wasn’t great on previous visits and the food is overpriced for what it is....this was somewhere my partner was keen on. She has now been put off too.
On arrival we could see they were busy and opted to take a table outside in the arcade. Unfortunately it seems the staff focus is more on the people inside the shop.
Service was poor and extremely slow. We were told there was a wait on food we didn’t mind. We were prepared to wait a while......It took 25 minutes to be served my cold drink(Fanta, with a glass).
Food was obviously even slower, we nearly left before it arrived. An hour wait for a bit of posh cheese on toast is really way too long. The ham and cheese sandwich we had wasn’t worth the wait or the price either. The accompanying salad was disappointing. Dry mixed salad leaves with the texture of twigs. No salad dressing and drowning in sweet corn. Not good if you don’t like sweetcorn...also way too much to pick out or eat around.
We would have complained or commented to staff at the time but there was nobody around to mention it too.
Upon paying, the man at the till asked if everything was ok. I commented on the amount of time we were waiting and that the food was a little disappointing. By this stage we had been in there for 2 hours (for what is pretty much a lunchtime sandwich). With a queue forming behind me I didn’t want to go into details and opted to pay and leave.
We will vote with our feet and not return.
Fab food, lamb crawl and a great atmosphere and very good service always. Busy so we have sometimes had no luck with a table. Today we were lucky and it was brill
I was recommended this Welsh rabbit and I love it! 🥰. And the service in this place was just great, hope to be there soon.
Lunch with my lovely Hubby while Xmas shopping. Been coming to this place since the very 1st say it opened, long before it started serving lunch. It's also a deli with great selection of cheeses. We are both vegetarian, we ordered grilled goast cheese on toast & a bri, chutney and walnut baguette we simply delicious!
Recommended by a local Worth trying the delicious Welsh recipe I honestly enjoyed it The location is perfect minutes away from the castle the food delicious
Following my Daughter’s recommendation we were Christmas shopping in Cardiff
and headed straight to Madame Fromage
in order to sample their Welsh Cawl .
This is truly to die for but the addition of
Garlic bread and Caerphilly is genius.
Best lunch we’ve had for a long time !!!
I have been there following someone advice but even though the food is nice I would not go there anymore as it is expensive for what they offer.
Cutlery on the table is very poor, not table cloths and only paper napkins which if you finish them and you need more ..good luck waiting. I had to wait a long time for someone to take my order which I could also understand but when finally the food arrived ( I had a cheese platter and a rarebit ) none even bother to explain to me what I was eating. What kind of cheese was that? I have given my feedback to the landlady and her reply was that they were busy. Explain a cheese platter do not take more than 1 min, this is not acceptable if you ask someone to pay £14 for a platter of cheese you need to ensure the service is up to it. This is Cardiff not Central London !!
We googled “Where to have Cawl in Cardiff” and Madame Fromage topped the list in the searches, so off we went.
We arrived on Sunday, with my 2 daughters, and the place was full. We were told we’d have a little wait and we’re regularly updated on the situation. We were then given an option to be seated quicker, to split our group in to 2 groups of 2 on opposite tables. George, showed us the tables, which were more than acceptable, and we settled in. My daughter is in a wheelchair and they ensured that we were well accommodated. We ordered the cawl, a Welsh rarebit for us all to try and my girls ordered baguettes off the children’s menu. We were told that the portions were big and how true they were. The children’s portions were big enough to have fed an adult and the baguettes were delicious. The Welsh rarebit was delicious and the side salad it came with was huge, but the cawl, the cawl was the best I’ve ever tasted (and that’s some recommendation from a welsh girl - best not tell my mother!). We finished off with the cake deal, which was so good - but we had to share at this point as the food was so filling. We were all too full to eat after lunch for the rest of the day.
We had such a great meal that we decided to return the next day - so we booked a table. Our 2nd visit was just as good. George was our server again and she was amazing! I could have chatted to her all day, she was so welcoming it was like talking to an old friend. Nothing was too much trouble. My daughters has a smaller version of the cawl, I had the cawl and my husband has the cawl special which came with garlic bread and Caerphilly cheese. The garlic bread was delicious and I’ll certainly have that next time. We finished off again with the cake deal and the cakes were amazing. The teas and coffee were also so good.
I have nothing but praise for this place and am already planning on returning sooner, rather than later. All the staff were friendly and chatty. Our server George was exceptional and helped make a fantastic trip more memorable.
Can’t wait to come back!
Reserved a table for lunch time and very glad we did as it was busy as usual.
3 different lunches all wonderfully cheesy and tasty with assorted breads and lovely side salads. Very reasonable price for what we had. Wine a fair price (tip, buy the bottle instead of 2 large glasses)
My coffee afterwards was smooth and tasty with no trace of bitterness.
Staff friendly and professional.
Lucky there isn't an area with soft chairs or sofas for coffee or we'd still be there.
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