Whilst these top 5 lists are not in any particular order, these Indian 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: 10 The Mall, Bristol BS8
We fell in love with Nutmeg from the night they first opened. This Clifton restaurant serves up some seriously dishes Indian cuisine inspired by owner Raja’s hometown and travels. Nutmeg’s ‘Menu 29’ is reflective of the 29 states in India and features a whole host of dishes from different parts of the country. Using only the best produce from Bristol’s local producers, Nutmeg have gained a delicious reputation and rightly so. Tasting menus are also available and Nutmeg often run fun and fantastic events. We love the slow cooked beef madras and the chicken biryani (which is presented wonderfully!)
Address: 13 Small Street, Bristol BS1
If you have not visited Urban Tandoor before, then you must, if only to find out why they were recently voted the best Indian restaurant in the U.K. – which is fantastic news for the hard working team. You may well have bypassed this hidden gem which is tucked away on Small Street; the inside of the restaurant is in line with a traditional curry house, it is relaxed with friendly staff who cannot do enough for you. The classic curries are all on offer here whilst they also serve house specialities, one of our absolute favourites is the Guinea Fowl jalfrezi.
The Mint Room
Address: 12-16 Clifton Road, Bristol BS8
Stepping away from a traditional curry house feel and more into fine dining, The Mint Room brings award winning Indian food and hospitality to Bristol. The dining room is sleek, modern and elegant and the menu brings innovative and inventive Indian cooking which differs to a more classic style menu. There are also lots of delicious cocktails on offer which you can enjoy in the bar area before dinner. This restaurant is a real treat and is perfect for splashing out on a special occasion. It is also worth checking out The Mint Room’s sister restaurant, the more casual and street food led Sholay Kitchen, in Wapping Wharf.
Address: 4 Jacob Well’s Road, Bristol BS8
For a truly authentic taste of India, you must make a visit to Chai Shai. This small, unassuming restaurant offers honest Indian food in a friendly and relaxed setting. The family run venue makes for a warm welcome, and there is the option to sit within the small space or take away. The main courses might sound unfamiliar to those who are used to a curry house menu for example, but it is a wonderful opportunity to try cuisine or dishes you may not have encountered before. The homemade samosas and pakoras are just excellent too.
Address: 183 Hotwell Road, Bristol BS8
Award winning Raj Bari is a popular choice amongst Bristol locals who are after delicious Indian cuisine. Any restaurant who has perfected their own ‘secret’ spice mix has got to be applauded, and this is why the 20 year old restaurant is still going strong. The contemporary restaurant allows for a relaxed and informal atmosphere, which provides the perfect setting for an Indian feast.