A slightly leftfield but still on topic choice would be any of Bristol’s lush Thali Cafes. The British Raj style-decor conjures up nostalgia for the last days of British Empire with a menu to match. Do check out the website to get some kind of flavour. Tea wise, one would only go there to drink Masala Chai – a drink owing its existence purely to the British East India Company – which is essentially cooked spiced tea. There is a host of savoury snacks and a limited selection of desserts to choose from, the best being Kulfi ice cream.
From 6pm the ambience changes and it takes on its award-winning restaurant persona.
Taj Palace, located in Bristol city centre is a newly established Indian restaurant but is on its way to be among the most prestige restaurants in Bristol.
The exterior of this place is not so special at first glance, but don't let the that fool you. The food is really flavoursome, well implemented with a a nice relaxing ambiance.
Favorite dish: it was the chicken Bombay flame. The flavour and texture of this dish is really nice and a twist of my favourite traditional Bombay dish cooked with boiled egg.
Quality Indian food in a trendily designed restaurant. Their Goan fish curry at £10.50 and the tandoori jheenga sheesh for £11.50 are delicious fishy treats.
216 Cheltenham Road, BS6 5QU;
Tel: 0117 924 0458;
Kitted out in the finest Bollywood kitsch, this restaurant does one thing but does it well - thali. There's live music on Sunday evenings and they operate a tiffin takeout system, which explains why Montpelier residents keep coming and going with insulated take-away towers.
12 York Road, Montpelier BS6 5QE;
tel: 0117 942 6687;
Exemplary Nepalese-run curry house. Moved from their original Easton location into the city centre at a time when David Blunkett, during his tenure as Home Secretary, had seen fit to place Easton's Stapleton Road among his 'top 5' UK troublespots. The family import their own spices from their home village of Bhajungle in Nepal and actor Paul McGann is numbered amongst their many fans.
Colston Tower, Colston Street;
tel: (0117) 929 4455;
Excellent Bangladeshi food at this Easton restaurant serving up one of the best curries in Bristol. Its bring your own policy and relaxed atmosphere makes it a popular neighbourhood place to eat. Often a good idea to book a table beforehand.
94 St Marks Road, Easton BS5 6JH
0117 952 0718
Stapleton Road Station on the Severn Beach suburban line from Bristol Temple Meads.
Send your feedback or queries to email@example.com