the sandwich club

Hudsons,The Friary, Cardiff

Posted in Reviews by thesandwichclub on October 8, 2010

From the outside, Hudsons looks a bit like a building site. Outside there is ample seating, ideal as an office gettaway when its raining.

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Inside is pretty small. Theres a selection of baguettes, paninis and fresh baked potatoes. After much deliberation I go for the cajun tuna with peppers baguette. Unfortunately I’m informed that this is off the menu because they have ‘run out of chilli sauce’!

Firstly, a pretty big fail seen as there are at least 3 cajun spice themed baguettes on offer. Second, since when was cajun spiced anything made with chilli sauce? Zero times as far as I can recall.  Never did I see a slobbering Jamie Oliver ploughing through a Southern American state with a bottle of Tesco Finest chilli sauce looking for an alligator to cajunise*. At this point I skewed my head upwards to rescan the menu board, during which time one of the staff could be overheard discussing how he only just found out what cajun was and how to pronounce it correctly!

This unsettling background waffle hurried me into a decision and I go for the chicken tikka and mint mayo baguette. I’m handed a pre wrapped package and asked for money. No choice of bread, salad, spread or even just making it from fresh.

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Bread was pretty standard fayre and the filling was very dry. I could taste a hint of the mint but there was no mayo to be seen anywhere. The salad was made up of a few shreds of lettuce. Personally I like a good helping of salad and always feel a bit cheated if it falls short.

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This wasn’t very enjoyable. Despite this the jacket potatoes looked very appetising. Im sure this place does a roaring trade simply due to its location however, I’d prefer to make the effort and head to one of the arcades if I was after a good baguette in the city centre .

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Scores:

Price: 1.5

Taste: 2

Look: 2

Service: 2

Originality: 1.5

Total: 9 / 20

*the act of infusing food stuffs with cajun spice

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  1. Lendo said, on October 8, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    I totally agree with this review. I think the locality provides an established footfall of regulars who simply can’t spare the time to explore other options during lunch break.

    The ready packaged product typifies the fast food service function of Hudsons. At the end of the day, it provides a no fuss meal of reasonable price that is certainly finer than McD’s etc…but the score’s reflect the product on offer.

    More reviews please, its been too long!!


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