Late night bar with a combination of Chinese and Mexican on the menu. There's live music every night and open mic evenings. It's a place where Bristol bands from across the music spectrum come to play. Just beware the absinthe.
33 St Stephens Street, BS1 1JX;
tel: 0117 927 3221;
An excellent noodle restaurant & bar. Lots of different noodles which will suit European palates a little more than the spicier native flavours.Then walk across China square towards the river and look out of the public statuary.
China Square, Chinatown.
The Gonpachi restaurant offers up a super dining experience. A hip, lively place where the staff shout a welcome to you while you're led to the table.
At the door you can choose between the sushi half of the place or the kushiyaki (skewers) and soba (noodles) half. The soba noodles are made from buckwheat ground daily on the premises. A massive food experience with traditional and yet modern Japanese fare. Skewers of foie gras with balsamico and strawberries? Unbelievable.
We tried the sushi half another night and were bowled over by the quality of the dishes and the æsthetic presentation.
Gonpachi is buried at the back of the G-Zone dining complex. After you enter just keep on walking down the halls. No, not that restaurant, keep going. All the way to the back. Well worth a visit.
Closest station: Kyobashi (Ginza Line). Exit 3. Or G-Zone is located under the elevated motorway across from the Seiyo Ginza hotel.
Tel: 03 5524 3641
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