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In pictures: Salami Crackling at Fresh

Posted in News by thesandwichclub on February 13, 2012

Last week I was fortunate enough to try the latest addition to the specials board at Fresh Baguette – Salami crackling. Fresh is located in Royal Arcade Cardiff and at lunch time is hard to miss as customers line the arcade queuing to order. This is for good reason, the inviting smell and welcome atmosphere coupled with an impressive menu selection has generated a real cult following.


Unplanned perfection

Posted in News by thesandwichclub on June 30, 2011

When I typed in “planning” into the world of Google the first result that caught my eye read “simple planning makes for a more enjoyable vacation”. I’m sure this statement is true, but today’s lunch was a very much unplanned affair and resulted in one of the most delicious.

Behold, today’s special I picked up in FRESH – minted lamb and salad Panini.

The daily specials are exactly why FRESH is an appropriate name. The lamb was slow roasted, tender and succulent, coupled with the minted mayonnaise and fresh salad it was an absolute pleasure to eat. Keep an eye out for this special if you are yet to try.

Pembrokeshire Pasty & Pie co.

Posted in Features by thesandwichclub on March 8, 2011

This weeks first pie (in the spirit of British Pie Week) was from the Pembrokeshire Pasty & Pie Co.  They have recently set up in Cardiff’s Royal Arcade and serve up a wide selection of pasties and pies, most having a Welsh theme. The fillings promise to be ‘natural and free range‘.

I opted for the Caldey Island Pie which contained ‘Sustainably caught fish whipped up in our own creamy white sauce with chopped leeks and tarragon seasoning.

Pembrokeshire Pasty and Pie Co

Fresh, Royal Arcade

Posted in Reviews by thesandwichclub on February 3, 2011

Last year we took our first visit to Fresh in Royal Arcade.  Impressed by what it had to offer we thought it deserved an updated write up, so much so we’ve been there twice in nearly the same number of weeks.

Tucked away in a tiny space just along from Wally’s Deli. Fresh is consistently very very good, with the owners having a real passion for what they do. They specialise in baguettes (no sandwiches!) and also have a range of paninis, salads, cakes and drinks. The chalk board is crammed with a wide variety of staple fillings as well as some very intriguing  daily specials.

Lunchtimes will often mean a queue out the door and down the arcade but service is very good and you don’t have to wait long. Here’s a sample of what we’ve had from Fresh recently.

Salami, pastrami, caramalised onion, mustard, mayo and salad on brown baguette

Ham, chicken, dill pickles, gherkins, mustard on brown baguette

Friday special (28/01/2011): Asian pork balls panini with super special homemade chilli sauce!

We even got to sample the home made chilli sauce that comprised twelve ingredients whilst waiting for the paninis to toast:

The clubbers were pretty unanimous on the the fact that this was one of THE BEST fillings we have tasted. Fresh do it right, they are friendly, inventive and know what the customer wants. They are one of the best in Cardiff.

Follow Fresh on Twitter to keep up to date with the daily specials and whats going on:

Fresh Twitter


Price: 3

Taste: 4

Look: 4

Service: 4

Originality: 4

Total: 19/20