Top 5 Under-rated restaurants in Bristol

To continue the success of my previous two articles on Bristol’s 10 best Halal asian restaurants and Bristol’s top halal restaurant for burgers and grills.

This article will be for the under-rated take-aways and restaurants based on word of mouth and my own visits. As a foodie and muslim it’s always a struggle to find places to eat that’s halal and exceptionally good at the same time. I created a list which is for all foodies and muslims a like. So, in no particular order here are my under-rated halal and non halal restaurants in Bristol:

1. Thali, Easton, Bristol

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Start of my list, is the Thali restaurant, which is very popular in Bristol, it can be found in the heart of Easton, in St mark’s road. It’s not halal but this places has some great vegetarian and vegan food which is mouth-watering and it’s always buzzing with a great atmosphere. It has won many awards including the food made good award in 2017.

I haven’t personally dined there myself but from other people’s word, these are some favourites to try out: Starter: Punjabi samosas with Main Thali of “Spinach Tarka Daal” which is served with Bengali aubergine curry and goes well with a couple of chapati’s.

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Few minor dislikes: It’s not halal and also got told with a lot of feedback that the portions are very small. I would recommend to avoid going at peak times if you’re a muslim diner because you don’t want to be dining there when to many alcoholic drinks are being served on a Friday and Saturday night when it gets busy. They are so successful that they have branched out and have other restaurant’s in Southville, Clifton, Montpelier, Totterdown.

Flavour: 4/5 Spice: 3/5 Service: 5/5 Price: 5/5
Address: 64-66 St Mark’s Rd, Bristol BS5 6JH
Phone: 0117 951 4979
Hours: Mon-Sat 9am-10pm Sun 10am-9pm

2. Kuch, Clifton, Bristol

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Kuch and no, it’s not named after the Bollywood film kuch kuch hota hai. It’s actually a middle eastern, south Persian restaurant. It’s halal and has a 4.5 star on Tripadvisor , even though it’s located in a busy Clifton area, where there are so much competition this place just becomes under-rated hence why it’s not got the publicity it deserves.

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Here are some of the things the reviews are saying about this place:

“This is not fast food, it is a place to come and relax and enjoy the aromas as you wait for your order to be freshly prepared and cooked. The breads are delicious. The mains are all reasonably priced and invite you to be adventurous in your choice. Fish, meat or vegetarian dishes are all equally full of flavour. Well worth a visit. I shall definitely return.” KarenL628. Other reviewers have said it’s “Kebabalious” and a“Great middle eastern food”.

Flavour: 5/5 Spice: 5/5 Service: 4/5 Price: 5/5
Address: 133 Whiteladies Road, Bristol BS8 2PL, England
Phone: 0117 973 3261
Hours: For current opening times please call the restaurant on 0117 973 3261 | 0117 923 8497

3. Casa Mexicana, Zetland road, Bristol

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Serving one of the best authentic Mexican food, they’ve been in Bristol ever since I can remember, to state facts they’ve been around on Zetland road since 1986! That’s older than me… as they say old is gold!

Staff always explain the menu well and there décor is very Mexican, very old school and romantic atmosphere. To quote they explain it spot on with “the menu and the decor (pink walls, rustic Mexican furniture and cacti) is just the right side of cheesy. Speaking of cheesy, grub is rich and satisfying as Mexican is meant to be – not for them the mean, modish trend for tiny tacos. Portions are substantial, notably the signature sharing Fajitas – is for 2, but could serve 3”. They also have offers on the website you can find here.

Flavour: 5/5 Spice: 2/5 Service: 4/5 Price: 4/5
Address: 29 – 31 Zetland Rd, Bristol BS6 7AH, UK
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Phone: 01179243901
Hours: 7 days a week, 6pm-10pm

4. Rice n Things, Stokes croft

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The majority of Bristol locals still see Rice and Things as a delicious takeaway and forget that they have seats inside. This is so under-rated it annoys me, because the locals love it but the rest of Bristol need to be woke and come try this place out. It’s authentic Jamaican and Caribbean food. The Jerk and curried goat, actually the curried mutton or even the Red snapper, it is definitely a thing!

They also have some great vegetarian food here too just ask and try the veg curry. Here is a list of top 5 Caribbean cuisine worth trying in Bristol on Foozie list.

Flavour: 5/5 Spice: 5/5 Service: 4/5 Price: 4/5
Address: 120 Cheltenham Road, Bristol BS6 5RW
Phone: 0117 9244832
Hours: Mon to Thur: 12pm – 10pm. Fri-Sat: 12pm- 11pm. Sun: 12pm-8pm

5. Biblos, Stokes croft, Bristol


There is no debate Biblos is under rated and not many people know about it, they do the best veggie and meat wraps in the city! “Biblos offer a delicious, fast-food fusion of Middle Eastern and Caribbean cuisine in the heart of Bristol. You can find Biblos cafes in Stokes Croft with it’s own unique atmosphere and menu”

I’m not sure if this place is Halal but the word of mouth is that they do great veggie options which is worth trying but please do ask and let me know if this place is halal. This is still on foodie places I need to re-visit and eat at but the things I’ve heard definitely worth a visit.

Flavour: 4/5 Spice: 3/5 Service: 4/5 Price: 5/5
Address: 62a Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1 3QU
Phone: 0117 923 2737
Hours: Mon- Fri: 12pm-10pm Sat-Sun: 12pm-1am

I hope you have enjoyed reading my food review. Get in touch if you have found any more great halal or under-rated food places around Bristol for me to check out. Send your comments and feedback here.

Keep it halal. By Jakir Jax Miah