Posted 19th January 2014
My first Bagel Boy experience was back in 2012 when we received a tweet from @bagelboy informing us of their imminent arrival on Park Street, a pop up bagel stand run from the Elbow Rooms.
I was impressed from day one, the flavour combinations and quality of food was great with New York Boy and Veggie Boy becoming firm favourites. Pink and tender salt beef with gherkins and sauerkraut for New York, halloumi cheese with roasted peppers and pesto mayo for the Veggie Boy.
I was disappointed when, some time later, Bagel Boy left Park Street in favour of the more vibrant (and perhaps more fitting) Stokes Croft below Shambarber but they continued to be a firm favourite and we enjoyed visiting them at BEATS.
So the opening of Bagel Boy’s city centre establishment on St Nicholas Street came as a much awaited (and very welcome) treat at the back end of 2013.
A chilled out and super-cool vibe, with wooden tables and an almost industrial feel, walking into Bagel Boy’s new establishment you know that this is a place you want to be. The menu is on blackboards just next to the bar where you order. Food is served all day (even breakfasts in the morning). Drinks range from coffees to soft drinks, to local beers and ciders, making Bagel Boy a great location for a mid morning snack and coffee, lunch, or for a casual but tasty and nutritious bite in the evenings. (in an area of town full of pubs, chains and kebab shops – this sort of dining experience makes for a welcome change)
Service is fast, the coffee good and the bagels as scrummy as they have always been. My new favourite is the “Inde-Boy” (or independent boy). A tasty bagel filled with bacon, avocado and cream cheese.
Side dishes are also now available for days when you are looking to turn your bagel not something more substantial. The thin cut fries are crispy and were wolfed down by our table. The sweet potato wedges had a good flavour but we agreed were a bit on the soggy side.
The lunchtime deal includes a coffee or soft drink and a snack (crisps or a cookie) and is available to eat in or take away. Takeaway can be ordered over the phone and I speak from experience in saying Bagel Boy have successfully brightened up lunchtime meetings / training sessions in our office.
In addition to the great food and comfortable setting, Bagel Boy source their food from quality local suppliers, meat from Ruby and Whites, local ales and ciders and a healthy helping of community spirit.
Verdict: Bloomin’ tasty and great value. Bagel Boy has a tick in all the boxes for me. A welcome addition to Bristol’s city centre.