Bristol is a brilliant place to both visit or live, a vibrant city that balances the hustle and bustle of metropolitan life with the calmness of greenery and fresh air. One of Bristol’s biggest draws is its vivacious culinary scene, but it can feel rather impenetrable for an outsider. Whether you are visiting on a daytrip, or staying for over a week in serviced apartments, you want to try and experience the best food in the city. To aid you in your gastronomic adventure, here is our guide to the best places to eat out in Bristol.
The Ox is a brilliant and stylish restaurant who know what they do, and they do it well. They specialise in hearty steaks and enthralling cocktails, all at an affordable price for a British city. If you are a meat lover, or want a unique atmosphere when you are eating out; you definitely won’t be disappointed in The Ox, their steak selection and cast of waiter’s who look pulled out of a 1940’s Noir film.
If on one end of a spectrum you have the Ox, a relatively affordable restaurant who does one thing well, on the other side of that spectrum you have Casamia. A Michelin star restaurant known for their 20 course highend tasting menu, Casamia is where you go in Bristol if you want a slice of elite cuisine. Everything they serve has been selected for that season, workshopped and improved inhouse until they meet the standards of Chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias. Located in what used to be the General Hospital, Casamia is where you should go for fine dining in Bristol.
If you want a meal with a view, eating at Bristol Lido’s restaurant is the place you want to visit. As you watch swimmers cut through the waters of the famous open-air Victorian pool, you will be served a wonderful selection of dishes; from those fuelled by the head chef’s knowledge of foraging and cooked in his wood-fired oven, starters ranging from quail to squid, main’s that are delicately slow cooked like their pig cheeks, and their speciality Tapas dishes.
Bokman is a micro restaurant in Stokes Croft, that has lovingly created a buzz around its very popular Korean food. With only a few seats, it’s common to see people queuing out the door as they wait for favourites from the menu like fried kimchi rice and beef brisket ramen which are served piping hot. Alongside the brilliant food itself, you can also wash down your meal with authentic Korean beers and soft drinks they have sourced. Bokman is brilliant for those who have an interest in Korean cuisine, or for those who just have an interest in widening their palate.
Paco combines the hearty food of Andulucia with the style and grace of a Michelin-starred restaurant, resulting in a top quality tapas bar. Fostering a bubbly atmosphere that feels like a portal to Spain, and with a menu orchestrated by Chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias that specialises in tapas and freshly cooked spanish hams; the experience of eating at Paco can not be beaten if you are looking for a vibrant evening and some brilliant food.
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