Wondering where to eat in Bristol? These are the cuisines to enjoy and the places to eat this summer. From Italian and Greek to Japanese and French, we’ve rounded up the best restaurants in Cabot Circus that are giving us all the holiday food vibes!
From pasta to pizza and everything in between, we’re all obsessed with Italian food and its simple yet bursting-with-flavour dishes. The Italian cuisine has it all…
How about something shareable like antipasto? It’s a mix of dry-cured meats like prosciutto and an assortment of cheese such as soft and nutty Gorgonzola. Or perhaps you’re after a meal straight out of Nonna’s kitchen like a rich Bolognese? (Perfect for scarpetta – the Italian word for scooping up your food with some bread!)
And thanks to the Italian’s love of endless courses, you can sit back and spend the afternoon tucking into everything – from the primo to the dolce and maybe even a little digestive con caffè!
Try this at L’Osteria: Caprese salad with tomatoes, Italian buffalo mozzarella and basil
When it comes to French food, it’s all about the technique: we’re talking perfectly chopped vegetables and fantastically flambéed sauces. Let’s not forget the flavours, of course. French cuisine is famous for its rich and distinctive herbs, spices and ingredients like earthy truffles, fragrant garlic and creamy cheese like their famous Camembert.
In France, like many countries, each region is renowned for its own style of cooking. From the hearty dishes and rich sauces like a classic boeuf bourguignon in Burgundy in the north, to the well-known southern Provence palette of ratatouille and bouillabaisse, there’s plenty of culinary exploring to be done!
Try this at Côte Brasserie: Bourguignon with potato chive purée, bacon lardons and chestnut mushrooms
Thanks to its sunny Mediterranean location, Greek food is full of high-quality fresh ingredients like tomatoes and olive oil, and an abundance of small fish like sardines. Of course, then there’s the much-loved Greek feta – also known as Greece’s white gold’ – which is everyone’s favourite salty, crumbly salad topper.
From the islands to the mainland, dinners tend to be long and slow in Greece, consisting of mezze platters – an assortment of food including dips like cool tzatziki, taramasalata and fava alongside raw veg, feta cheese and boiled eggs. Then there are mains like hearty moussaka (layers of aubergine, meat and potatoes) and souvlaki (which involves small pieces of meat like pork grilled on a skewer).
Try this at The Real Greek: Souvlaki wrap with homemade tzatziki, fresh tomatoes, red onion and sweet paprika
In traditional Japanese cuisine each dish tends to follow the rule of five: five colours (black, white, red, yellow, green), five techniques (raw, grilled, boiled, fried and steamed) and five flavours (bitter, salty, sweet, spicy and sour). Also known as washoku, this way of cooking ensures every dish is varied and balanced.
When it comes to modern Japanese food you can expect to see some of these traditional cooking qualities in your dishes: perfectly presented delicate sushi and sashimi salmon which almost looks too good to eat, sweet and sticky mochi (a Japanese rice cake), thick and silky udon noodles, irresistible gyozas, and crispy tempura prawns.
Try this at Yo! Sushi: Prawn gyozas
Brazilian cuisine is a fusion of flavours influenced by a variety of cuisines from around the globe, from Africa to Asia. They use a medley of dried spices like cumin and paprika and pair them with fresh ingredients like lime or coconut to bring a vibrant and complex taste to their dishes.
They favour root vegetables and fruits like mango, guava and açaí, and also have a deep love for slow-cooked meals. They often use a traditional open barbecue called a churrasco, which usually includes a generous offering of good quality, fatty meat like whole cuts of ribeye steak! One of their most-loved dishes is a feijoada – a hearty stew made with black beans and pork (everything from sausages to ribs) and served with rice.
Try this at Casa Brasil: Rodizo BBQ
Famed for its comforting classics like clam chowder, apple pie and grits (kind of like porridge but made with boiled corn), alongside its supersized hamburgers, barbecue grills and ‘pizza pies’ (thick or thin crust, depending where you are) – when it comes to American food it’s definitely a case of go big or go home!
If New York’s your dream destination, then what better dish than the famous New York cheesecake, known for its rich and dense texture. Or if the deep south is more your vibe then Cajun/Creole-inspired jambalaya (one pot chicken, sausage, shrimp and rice) would definitely tantalise your tastebuds!
Try this at Five Guys: Hamburger with toppings of your choice