Bristol 10 best halal restaurants: Asian Cuisine

After a lot of positive feedbacks from my last food blog article; Bristol’s best Halal restaurants: Burgers and Grill’s edition . I will focus on halal asian cuisine with the likes of Indian, Bengal, Thai, Chinese and Japanese restaurants. This guide is mainly for muslims because it’s “Halal”. However, if you’re foodie then this one for you too.

As a Muslim it’s a struggle to find places to eat that’s halal and exceptionally good at the same time. I will base this on my favourite places to eat, not a general list of every existing asian halal restaurant out there in Bristol and believe me there are a lot of halal places to eat, not all good. This panel of restaurants have been tasted, tested and endured with many visits to come up with this list. In no particular order here are my favourite Halal asian restaurants in Bristol:

1. The Mint Room, Clifton, Bristol

Start of my list, it’s Mint Room. It’s a discreet Price in Clifton, they also have a sister restaurant   located in Bath. It’s a perfect getaway for all dinners to enjoy a Michelin style food. Not everything on the menu is halal, so please do ask before you order . Try my personal favourite the tour of India where you get a fusion of Indian street food mixed with the chef own unique style that can’t be found nowhere else in Bristol.

Few minor dislikes: is that it’s always busy so you can’t risk just walking in on the weekends. If I had to compare the Bath and Bristol branch; I would say I got the better service in Bath and the food quality in Bath did not match what Bristol has to offer. They also have a smaller menu in Bath,   but if you ask they still offer the traditional dishes, slightly more pricer than your usual curry house.

Flavour: 4/5 Spice: 5/5 Service: 5/5 Price: 3/5
Address: 12-16 Clifton Rd, Bristol BS8 1AF
Menu: mintroombristol.co.uk
Phone: 0117 329 1300
Hours: Mon-Sat 12–2pm, 5:30–11pm Sun 1–9pm Bank Holidays: 12–2pm, 5:30–11pm (may differ)

2. EverydayThai, Fishponds,Bristol

everyday thai
Copyright Gourmet guide

It’s on the Top 3 best restaurants in all of Bristol on Tripadvisor , even though it’s hidden away on fishponds road. The home cooked family restaurant serve the most freshest ingredients which you can taste within every bite. It’s definitely worth the price for each dish you buy, especially with the portion size. My favourite dishes are the gai pad gra pow and chicken pad thai.

The downfall is that the restaurant size is too small. So, if you go with a group it can be overcrowded. However, if you go as couple it can be cosy. When it get’s busy the food takes a while and tables go fast. You do need to book and reserve in advance before you visit.

Flavour: 5/5 Spice: 5/5 Service: 4/5 Price: 5/5
Address:11 New Station Road, Fishponds,BS16 3RP
Menu:  http://www.everydaythai.co.uk/
Phone: 0117 965 7007
Hours: Tues to Sat & Sun Evening 12:00 – 14:30, 17:30 – 22:30 CLOSED Sun Lunchtime & Mon

3. Urban Tandoor, city centre, Bristol

urban tandoor

Crowned UK’s official best Asian healthy eating restaurant at the Asian Curry Awards according to Bristol Post do I need to say more?!

The food here is amazing. I’ve never been disappointed by any of the dishes with it’s level of flavour, taste and presentation of each dish. The hot and saucy curries is just on point in terms of spice and it’s not too oily. They do incredible healthy choices with there tandoor oven selections hence the award.

My minor dislikes probably be that some waiter/waitresses lack the interaction of conversation. However, the service isn’t slow it just lacks the traditional Indian restaurant vibe, you’ll see what I mean.

Flavour: 5/5  Spice: 5/5  Service: 4/5  Price: 4/5
Address: 13 Small St, Bristol BS1 1DE
Menu: urban-tandoor.com
Phone: 0117 929 9222
Hours: Mon-Sat 5–10:45pm Sun: 5–9:45pm Bank Holiday 5–10:45pm (Hours may differ

4.Chai Pani, Cotham, Bristol

Courtesy of TripAdvisor

Chai Pani is a street food style Bengal cuisine that brings the fusion of India and Bangladesh’s into the busy streets of Cotham, Bristol. I would say try any of these dishes recommended by getawriggleon:

  • Chicken Achar, if you love pickles
  • Paneer Shish Kebab Wrap
  • Pani Puri, bread soaked in tamarind water

You also have the chicken kebab sticks, Indian wraps made with roti and butternut chicken along with all the classic favourites. The are all whipped up by chef and owner Kamrul and his family bringing that authentic Bengal Cuisine come alive.

Flavour: 5/5  Spice: 5/5  Service: 4/5  Price: 4/5
Address: 44 Cotham Hill, Bristol BS6 6LA
Menu:  http://www.chaipanibristol.co.uk/
Phone:  0117 923 7861
Hours: Mon to Sat: 6pm – 11pm (Including bank holidays + closed Suns)

5. Pan Asia, broadmead, Bristol

Pan Asia_FB_pic
Courtesy of Pan Asia Facebook

There is no debate Pan Asia do have a great selection of Chinese, Thai and other asian fusion food from the south east. It is also the winner of “The Best Restaurant Award 2017” by  #BritishChineseFoodAwards.

I loved the mix starters and my favourite dish is the crispy beef with a side of egg fried rice.  Not much I disliked in this place, maybe the decor, It doesn’t feel inviting and some waiters didn’t seem like they wanted a conversation.

Flavour: 5/5 Spice: 5/5  Service: 4/5 Price: 3/5
Address:York House, Bond St, Bristol BS1 3LQ
Menu: panasiabristol.com
Phone: 0117 942 8462
Hours: Mon-Thurs 12–2:30pm, 5–11pm Fri – Sat: 12–2:30pm, 5–11:30pm Sun: 12–2:30pm, 5–11pm

6.Cosmo, Park St, Bristol

Cosmo

It’s always a competition and debate on which halal buffet is better in Bristol; Cosmo’s or Zaza bazaar? My choice has to be Cosmo’s because of it’s quality over quantity and it packs so much flavour on every dish that is laid out in front of you. The open kitchen section gives it a modern feel and I love it when the chefs are freshly making the noodles and Indian tandoori Naan’s in front of you. Let’s face it Cosmo has so much better desserts compared to it’s rivals. They offer a halal menu and deliver a much better service than there competition.

My dislikes are probably that not everything on the menu is Halal. So, please do ask what’s halal before you start eating.

Flavour: 5/5  Spice: 5/5  Service: 4/5  Price: 4/5
Address: 30 Triangle W, Bristol BS8 1ET
Menu: cosmo-restaurants.co.uk
Phone: 0117 934 0999
Hours: Mon- Thurs: 12–3pm, 5:30–10:30pm Fri- Sat: 12–3:30pm, 5:30–11pm Sun: 12–10pm

7. Yakonori, Park St, Bristol


Courtesy of TripAdvisor

The only halal Japanese place I can find. The website state that ‘ Yakinori is the brand new sister company of Birmingham born, Japanese restaurant, Woktastic.’  The place is always friendly, they have a open kitchen atmosphere, allowing you to interact with the kitchen staff and you get to watch them make the best fresh and tasty food in front of your eyes. This place is great for noodle and sushi lovers alike. It is a great expansion of the Woktastic family, which makes Yakinori a great crowd pleaser.

They have a great selection of dishes. I love the katsu curry and my other half loved the 20 pieces of sushi.
My dislikes were that they had uncomfortable stool/chairs and menu is a bit pricey than your usual Asian/Japanese restaurant. If you know anymore Halal Japanese cuisine in bristol please contact me. I would love to try and see if it hits my foodie spot!

Flavour: 4/5 Spice: 3/5 Service: 3/5 Price: 2/5
Address: 78 Park St, Bristol BS1 5LA
Menu:  yakinori.co.uk
Phone: 0117 934 9222
Hours: Sun-Mon 11am-10pm

8. Wok to Walk, Park St, Bristol

Wok-To-Walk-Park-Street-Exterior

This place is great for lunch or quick bite for an evening meal. With an inexpensive menu and everything on the menu is halal, you are spoilt for choice. However, My favourite that I always go for is the hot Asia rice noodles with chicken and peppers or the Singapore style beef and peppers with egg fried rice.  If you want to know more read  bristolbites review on this place, it’s on point!

Things I didn’t like: is that there menu is very unhealthy, and greasy and the seating area is not comfortable.

Flavour: 5/5 Spice: 5/5 Service: 3/5 Price: 4/5
Address: 39 Park St,Bristol,BS1 5NH
Menu: Woktowalk menu
Phone: 0117 922 1567
Hours: Sun – Thu: 11:00 AM – 12:30 AM  Fri – Sat: 11:00 AM – 02:00 AM

9. Maniks, Filton, Bristol

before-we-opened

Here is one review from Tripadvisor by Tinram_R who describes this place perfectly:

The decor strikes you that you are walking into a top quality restaurant that would not be out of place in the centre of Bristol or Bath. Both the starters and mains lived up to this expectation being flavoursome, colourful (in a natural way) and nicely presented. Rounding off the whole experience were staff that were both welcoming and friendly.

For more great reviews on tripadvisor read here.

My top Choices:
  • Thai Fish Cakes
  • King Prawn Tawa Masala
  • Kurchi Murgh

Flavour: 4/5  Spice: 4/5  Service: 5/5 Price: 4/5
Address: 7-11 Gloucester Rd, Bristol, BS7 0SG
Menu: maniks.co.uk
Phone:  0117 214 0444
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 12–2pm, 4:30–11:30pm Fri-Sun: 12–2pm, 4:30–12:00am

10. Sholay Kitchen, City Centre, Bristol

sholay

This is review based on taster session before it opened from the owner, but I still need to go to this one and review it properly in the near future but here are some reviews from Tripadvisor:

“The food was incredibly rich in flavours and as we requested, it was made nice and spicy. We will certainly be going back.” Read more. Also the Getwriggleon has a got a great review on it read it here.

Flavour: 4/5 Spice: 4/5 Service: 4/5 Price: 3/5
Address: Unit 17, Cargo 2, Wapping Wharf, BS1 6ZA
Menu: 
http://www.sholayindiankitchen.com/
Phone:
 0117 336 2845
Hours:
Tues – Thurs: 12:00 to 14:30 18:00 to 22:00 Fri – Sat: 12:00 to 23:00 Sun: 12:00 to 21:00

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I hope you have enjoyed reading my food review. Get in touch if you have found any more great halal Indian, Thai, Japanese or Chinese around bristol for me to check out. Send your comments and feedback here.

Keep it halal. By Jakir Jax Miah

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