Its historic port and university have made Bristol a diverse and multicultural city, with a wide variety of cultural influences. Our guide to Bristol’s culinary scene explores ten of the best cultural restaurants and cuisines in the city, from creamy Indian curries to Caribbean delicacies and Polish gourmet food.
Until 2011 Casamia was Bristol’s only Michelin starred restaurant, drawing inspiration from Japanese restaurant culture where restaurants change not only their menu but also the soft furnishings and décor along with each season. This means that a dining experience consistently offers up something fresh and new throughout the year whilst still using the best of British produce. So highly lauded is Casamia that it was named the nation’s best restaurant in a televised competition run by top chef Gordon Ramsay.
Glassboat takes the waterfront restaurant concept one step further by actually mooring itself harbour side in the centre of Bristol. A glorious decked-out vessel, it plays heavily on nautical nostalgia with polished wooden floors, luxuriously crafted oak surrounds and portholes along the hull that offer up magnificent views of the river. With a selection of menus through breakfast to dinner, it is worth trying out more than just the one meal here.
Glassboat Restaurant, Welsh Back, Bristol, United Kingdom, +44 117 929 0704
Bringing a bit of the Caribbean spirit to Southwest England, Turtle Bay recreates ‘liming’ (which translates as ‘relaxing with friends’) with its laid-back, rustic atmosphere and pared down decoration. An eclectic mix of flavours coming from Caribbean classics, such as goat curry and jerk chicken, go down all too well, especially when mixed with the vast array of cocktails available, usually including rum. Situated at the Broad Quay, harbour side, it is pretty much right at the heart of the city, making it a great place to lunch after a busy day spent shopping in the independent shops and boutiques of nearby Park Street.
Turtle Bay, 8 Broad Quay, Bristol, United Kingdom, +44 117 9290209
A Taste of Poland lays its cards out on the table very early on with its name. A small venue with the space to only really serve around 20 customers at one time, its décor is simple but stylish. In amongst the designer leather sofas, polished black tables and muted photography of Polish cities are some really hearty and heart-warming Polish dishes. Served up in abundance, the portions are plentiful and the food is authentic Polish cuisine with menu choices such as kotlet devolay or zraz wolowy treating the taste buds.
A Taste of Poland, 229 Filton Avenue, Horfield, Bristol, United Kingdom, +44 117 969 5069