After a lot of positive feedback from my last food blog article; Bristol’s top Halal restaurants. 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 has 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
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
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 serves the 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 a couple it can be cosy. When it gets 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
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
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 are 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
Phone: 0117 929 9222
Hours: Mon-Sat 5–10:45pm Sun: 5–9:45pm Bank Holiday 5–10:45pm (Hours may differ
4.Zaza Bazaar, Harbourside, Bristol
Zaza Bazaar one of the biggest restaurants in Bristol offer just about every great cuisine from around the world and it has over 3,400 reviews on google giving it 4.2 stars that’s not bad. Here are my favourite picks from the menu.
- Indian: Tandoori chicken tikka, lamb Rogan josh, Aloo Dosa
- Far East: Salt and pepper Squid, Beef with mushroom with black pepper sauce and sweet and sour chicken
- BBQ: Homemade burgers – American, Buffalo wings and charcoal chicken, Reggae chicken wings
With the open kitchen, you can see the chefs making fresh naan bread, chicken tikka and sheek kebab in the Indian classic Tandoori oven. Do you Love the smell of BBQ? Then you can get the chef to grill you some fresh jerk chicken, peri peri chicken and even BBQ ribs. Head over to the far east corner and choose some noodles then watch while they are being cooked in powered flaming wok burners. If you prefer pasta or the perfect burger they can also do that in the open kitchen. Basically, you’re spoilt for choice. For Zaza bazaar offers please check out my offers page here.
My dislikes are probably the slow service and 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: 3/5 Price: 4/5
Address: Harbourside, Canon’s Road, Bristol, BS1 5UH.
Phone: 0117 922 0330
Hours: Mon to Sun: 12:45pm – 10:45pm
5. Pan Asia, Broadmead, Bristol
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
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
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 its 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 Naans in front of you. Let’s face it, Cosmo does have a better selection of desserts compared to its rivals. On the contrast, they offer a smaller halal menu but do make up for in the quality of the dishes.
My dislikes are probably the service and 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
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 an 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.
Flavour: 4/5 Spice: 3/5 Service: 3/5 Price: 2/5
Address: 78 Park St, Bristol BS1 5LA
Phone: 0117 934 9222
Hours: Sun-Mon 11am-10pm
8. Wok to Walk, Park St, Bristol
This place is great for lunch or a 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 their 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
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.
- 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
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
This is a 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 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
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
I hope you have enjoyed reading my food review. Get in touch if you have found any greater 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