Here at Foozie we are celebrating on an international level for pancake day, and have compiled the ultimate list of Bristol’s eateries where you can enjoy pancakes from across the globe.
Wherever you travel on this wonderful planet, each culture has its own ‘take’ on this flat, round and delicious treat.
So, if you have a taste for something more exotic this year, read on. This article is for YOU!
(However, if you have simpler more traditional tastes, and are craving lemon and sugar – click here)
Crispy Duck Pancakes @ WokyKo
Address: Cargo, Wapping Wharf
Run by MasterChef finalist Larkin Cen, WokyKo serves small plates at its casual Asian diner at CARGO, Whapping Wharf. (If you haven’t ventured to CARGO yet, put it on your ‘to do’ list. It’s a collection of converted shipping containers that house Bristol’s finest collection of independent shops, eateries and bars – with a harbourside view. Perfection.)
The Crispy Duck Pancakes are a perfect sharer dish, served with spring onion and dipping sauce. Double up the pancake fun with some handmade Edamame Spring Rolls and sweet chilli dip.
Okonomiyaki @ Kansai Kitchen
Address: 53 Hillgrove Road, Bristol BS2
Located at The Hillgrove pub, Kansai Kitchen serves authentic Japanese izakaya dishes made just as they are in Japan. (Plus offers 14+ fine ales on tap – this place has the perfect balance of modern and vibrant cooking in a warm and friendly atmosphere!)
Okonomiyaki are savoury Japanese pancakes, filled with mixed vegetables. At Kansai Kitchen they come with your choice of kimchi, bacon or squid, served with a sweet and savoury glaze and Japanese may (Fun Fact: The name is derived from the word okonomi, meaning “what you like” – which is nice to know, but doesn’t help with the pronunciation…)
Tacos @ Cargo Cantina
Address: Cargo, Wapping Wharf
Located on the trendy Whapping Wharf, just behind the M-Shed, this snug little cantina-within-a-shipping-container has SO much to celebrate.
Serving authentic Mexican street food, the dishes are as vibrant as they are delicious. The tacos are dainty little works of art – and just £2.75 per taco you can keep ordering until you have had your fill All tacos are made with gluten-free corn tortillas, and are served with a trio of salsas.
Dosa @ Devs Kerala
Address: 180 Gloucester Road, Bristol BS7
On the Gloucester Road this popular Indian restaurant serves Keralan and Punjabi dishes, and has a reputation for being traditional and authentic.
The menu is great value and it’s BYO, which is always good news. Dosa are Indian style pancakes made with rice and lentil flour, stuffed with fillings and served with chutney and sambar. At Dev’s you can choose fillings of vegetable masala, chicken, mutton and egg. YUM!
Burritos @ Bearritos
Address: The Bearpit, Bristol BS2
On a converted double decker bus in the famous ‘Bear Pit’ is Bearritos – serving fresh, fast and filling food to busy Bristolians.
Okay, so technically a burrito is made from ‘bread’ not ‘pancake’… But tortillas as flat, round and delicious, so it would be criminal to leave out burritos wouldn’t it?!
Summer Rolls @ Rollin Vietnamese
Address: The Arcade, Broadmead, BS2
You can find this absolute gem at St James Arcade in the heart of Broadmead.
Rollin Vietnamese serves healthy and tasty street food such as Bahn Mi and Summer Rolls. Just look at that colour! With hues that vivid, you know its going to be good for your health as well as your taste buds. Traditionally made from rice paper stuffed with vegetables, pork, prawns and rice noodles, served cold with a dipping sauce – they make a wonderful light lunch.
All the ingredients are fresh and locally sourced from farmers’ markets and suppliers in Bristol. It’s all very reasonably priced too, especially the ‘lunchtime deals’.
Dosa @ Krishna’s Inn
Address: 4 Byron Place, the Triangle BS8
Another place serving up delicious Dosa, Krishna’s Inn is popular choice for authentic Keralan cuisine.
Their menu boasts several ‘Dosa Specialities’ with various fillings, including my personal favourite; Paneer!
It’s open till late, making a perfect pit-stop for post drinks munchies.