Still in its first year of business, Cardiff burger joint The Grazing Shed prides itself on locally sourced and quality ingredients. Josh Thomas reviews his meal.
The Grazing Shed on Barrack Lane sits in a part of town that is seeing great change.
New buildings are springing up and this place, along with a slew of other small cafes and bars, seeks to re-establish a kind of village-y community feel among the building sites.
The Grazing Shed serves burgers. You can have chips, you can choose beef, vegetarian or chicken burgers and there’s a decent variety of locally brewed craft beers and soft drinks to choose from. But if you don’t fancy a burger, there’s not much the Grazing Shed can do for you.
Inside, the building is sparsely decorated with industrial fittings. There’s a definite DIY feel and tables have their own bottle openers (good) to open beers before decanting them into the slightly off-putting plastic glasses (bad).
I had a Yokozuna! burger with teriyaki, ginger and wasabi. My companion had a Bunga Bunga burger with Gorgonzola, red onion relish and Cajun mayo. Hers was better.
Maybe I’m being unfair to the Grazing Shed. The burgers really were pretty good. They were reasonably priced, contained imaginative flavour combinations and were of comedic large proportions. The staff were friendly and the beer was exceptional. But something was missing.
Perhaps it’s its out of the way location, but the place was almost empty. There was something about the way our voices echoed in the building that made us feel as though we were in a shop rather than a restaurant. The Grazing Shed has a lot going for it but, for now, it just feels a little… unfinished?