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Feb 1, 2009 12:14 AM

Bristol - Good Eating

I am visiting Bristol in a couple of weekends time and am on the lookout for some good places to eat, unfortunately Casamia is out of the picture due to Valentines Day, as I suspect many other places may be, but all 'fine dining' recommendations much appreciated.

Alternatively I particularly like middle easterrn food so if there are some good eateries offering this type of cuisine then I will be happy. In addition any good coffee recommendations would also be warmly received.

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    1. re: PhilD

      Bells just got slated in the Guardian - so getting a table should be easy!
      Otherwise, try Bordeaux Quay, Queens Square or Hotel du Vin..
      For Middle Eastern - Mazati (or is it Matazi?) is trading out of a pub at the top of Park Row - should be OK for Valentines without the red roses. Sands (Queens Road) is good too - but for Feb 14th probably best avoided.
      For good coffee you want to be in Boston Teaparty, but ask for an extra shot or two if you like it strong.

      1. re: Peg

        Peg - you don't say if you have tried Bell's or Bordeaux Quays?

        I have eaten in both, and had completely the opposite experience to Mr Norman. I thought Bordeaux Quays was very disappointing whilst I really enjoyed Bell's on both my trips. I thought the criticism of the poached egg and Iberico ham was disingenuous, clearly eggs are cheap but doesn't he understand how much Iberico ham costs..? A strange gap in a food critics knowledge, or an artistic absent mind?

        Boston Tea Party is probably the best local chain for coffee but it can be patchy and isn't a patch on places like Monmouth or Flat White in London.

        1. re: PhilD

          I agree with the Bell's/Bordeaux conundrum - I've eaten at BQ three times, with only one of those trips proving to be a total success. Their bakery counter wouldn't sell me any yeast, either. Bah.

          Anyway... other local favourites are Taste in St Nicks' for lunch - a fish bar/cafe attached to an excellent food shop in the covered market. Really fantastic lunches - here, have a link to the local paper's review w

          There's Green's Dining Rooms, just off the Gloucester Road - it just won a Bib Gourmand, and is another wholesome, friendly, life-enriching little spot.

          Not sure about any Middle Eastern joints beyond Sands - there's Cafe Ceiturica, opposite the Tobacco Factory in Southville, but I've never been there, and no-one's chewed my ear off raving about it either.

          Barista's just off Victoria St, the other side of Bristol Bridge, near Dynasty (fantastic Chinese restaurant, especially for dim sum), is another decent shout for coffee, preferable to BTP, in my dumb opinion.... let us know what you get up to!

          1. re: willscott

            Thanks for all your tips. I have actually managed to get in at Casamia for saturday lunch, turns out they are doing their standard set menu lunch as well as a valentines menu, so very much looking forward to giving it a try.

            Still hoping for some good coffee, have heard of the 2 day roaster, any idea if they supply any cafes, if so where?

            1. re: stanleyk

              I had missed they were now open for lunch. Looks like we will be heading there for a good long lunch on a Saturday very soon.

          2. re: PhilD

            Bells was my 'local' when I lived in Montpelier, and I was always very impressed by the food there - but I've not eaten there for several years. I've eaten downstairs at BQ many times - it is a bit rustic, but I have always enjoyed it. I've heard very mixed reports of the 'upstairs' section.