Whilst these top 5 lists are not in any particular order, these Asian inspired restaurants are some firm favourites of Foozie and we think them deserving of a shout out! If you are looking for inspiration for your next meal then have a scroll…
Address: Wapping Wharf, Bristol
Wokyko has been a Foozie favourite ever since it first opened its doors, (our founder Thom has a weakness for Asian inspired cuisine) and it’s not difficult to understand why. Making up part of the original Cargo development, intimate Wokyko has some beautiful furnishings; the ceiling is covered with vintage style Japanese paper umbrellas of all colours and with gorgeous detail on them. The open kitchen overlooks the diners and the crate is always filled with tempting aromas, but it is the food here that makes Wokyko such a standout. Master chef finalist Larkin Cen serves up some of the best baos, noddles and small plates in the city. These classic dishes are all given a fun and unique spin from Larkin himself and taste outrageously good – our stand outs have got to be the fried chicken or Ox cheek bao, the sea bass tartare and the chicken vermicelli noodles. Oh, and the salted caramel ice cream bao yo!
Address: 3a-5 Haymarket Walk, Bristol BS1
Probably one of the most loved restaurants in Bristol, Mayflower receives high praise from customers and industry folk alike. This city centre gem is a relaxed dining room with attentive staff and an impressive menu, with both Chinese and Cantonese cuisines. Mayflower doesn’t need much fuss, it is hidden away just off the bearpit and although it doesn’t look too grand from the outside, the food is the massive selling point (and rightly so) and is what keeps people flocking back for more. It is also open until 3am, so you can keep those late night cravings well at bay.
Address: The Old Mess Room, Exchange Avenue BS1
Our favourite Gyoza gods Guy and Vic at Eatchu know a thing or two about creating addictive parcels of joy. If you haven’t tried their Gyoza, where have you been!? What started out as a street food vendor doing the rounds at Bristol’s markets turned into a solid foundation when Eatchu opened within the St. Nicks Market area and they have been thriving ever since. Their Gyoza is expertly made by the team, it is fresh, crunchy, delicious and down right addictive. We couldn’t possibly recommend a favourite flavour for you to try, because truthfully, we love them all.
Address: 58 Park Street, Bristol BS1
This restaurant goes under the radar so much we aren’t even sure it is called HK Diner anymore, but that’s how we know it. Having undergone a complete refurbishment in October of 2017, this place has no name above the door (or anywhere in fact) and is quite inconspicuous. However, don’t let this put you off. HK offers generous, delicious portions of Chinese and Malaysian fare that comes in at wallet friendly places. You often see members of the Chinese community within Bristol chowing down here, and we always take this as assign of authentic, great food.
Address: Whereever they are currently popping up
Winners of Foozie’s ‘Best Pop-Up’ in 2017, we love Tsukemono’s fresh approach to Japanese cooking and the wonderful creations that have appeared on their menus. Tsukemono want to offer the people of Bristol authentic Japanese street food, with favourites like OKONOMIYAKI (also called Japanese pizza, for its simple base and wide variety of toppings) and TATSUTA-AGE (Japanese fried chicken). Japanese cuisine is intrinsically healthy and makes for a great lunchtime snack, but there is also an indulgent side to it that deserves the spotlight.
Tsukemono caters to both the lunchtime crowd rushing back to the office and the night-time wanderers looking for a tasty treat after a pint or two.