I’ve been told that if you haven’t been to the Wallfish Bistro, you’ve yet to explore the best of Bristol. It’s been years I’ve had this scribbled down on my bucket list, and I finally managed to tick it off!
Located in the heart of Clifton Village, Wallfish Bistro is ideal for those quiet and romantic moments. The daily menu is refined and offers enough dishes to cover a range of protein with an obvious focus on fish and seafood.
We arrived just early enough to take advantage of the generous early bird menu (6-7pm) which offers either 2 courses for £11 or 3 courses for £14. The staff were kind enough to offer us the opportunity to sample their Clifton Foodfest. In case you didn’t know, this is available during lunch hours (12-3PM). Running from 5th to 31st June, it’s an initiative that encourages local eateries to offer new and unique additions to their menu for the sum of £10.00.
Prior to our starters arriving, we were presented with a plate of warm bread with seaweed butter and a homemade tapenade.
The Cliftonfest menu offered by Wallfish was rather decadent and provides diners with two equally tempting options. You can choose to have 3 rock oysters served with shallot vinaigrette, which are accompanied with a cold glass of Cava. Alternatively, you could opt for Teignmouth mussels in cider served with chips and a glass of wine of your choice. We opted for the mussels and were not disappointed. The flavours of samphire, thyme and parsley were fragrant and clean matching perfectly to the seafood that was fresh, flavoursome and transported you far away to a place by the coast.
From the early bird menu, we chose the fried monkfish cheeks with tartare sauce to start with. Boy was that delicious! However, the tartare sauce was the one to really steal the show! Tangy and rich, I could’ve eaten a whole tub of it! For my main course, I opted for the silver mullet with grilled broccoli served with ink and barley. Again, the fish was cooked to perfection – flakey flesh with crispy skin. The squid ink barley was a well-balanced accompaniment and the dish as a whole was satisfying and very tasty. A chocolate mousse served with salted caramel finished the meal. The mousse was rich and the caramel packed a really salty hit.
Having waited for so long to visit Wallfish I arrived with high expectations and those expectations were met. The Cliftonfest and early bird options both offer great value for money and should be taken advantage of.