One of Cardiff ’s best loved vegetarian restaurants has been given a five star food hygiene rating after being handed a zero rating weeks ago.
Food inspectors said in July that “urgent improvement” was “necessary” at Anna Loka on Albany Road , Cardiff’s full vegan restaurant.
After making improvements to the restaurant and their working methods they have now been given a five star rating.
Director at Anna Loka, Adam El Tagoury, 36, said: “We found out today after the inspector came on Tuesday.
“We were over the moon with it, all of us were ecstatic.
“I’m really proud of all of the team who pulled it all together in such a short amount of time.”
Adam said that the main reason for their previous zero rating was due to a lack of a ‘food safety management system’ which outlines why certain practices need to be carried out, and some work which needed to be done to the restaurant.
Inspectors in July noted “improvement necessary” for hygienic food handling, cleanliness and condition of the facilities and building when they visited on June.
Officers also identified shortcomings within management of food safety.
Adam said: “There is no excuse to what happened. We made mistakes and I hold my hands up to that.
“But we all worked to make sure that all of the issues were addressed.”
The Roath cafe is ranked as number seven out of 923 restaurants in the capital according to travel website Trip Advisor, and Adam said they received a large amount of support on social media.
Adam said: “The support we had on social media was absolutely magnificent. We didn’t really see a dip in business and we’ve always had a really loyal following.”
After receiving their zero rating the restaurant appealed the rating costing £160.
The cost of the appeal plus the improvements totalled around £400, which Adam said was “absolutely worth it”.