Posted 12th July 2012
There are many Chinese restaurants in Bristol – some are better than others. The following are all top notch and we would recommend these for authentic and well cooked Chinese food any day.
16a St. Thomas Street Bristol, Avon BS1 6JJ
A beautiful looking restaurant, light and airy with that quite typical Chinese feel. The dim sum menu is well priced with lots of choice. I’d recommend the fried pork dumplings as well as the steamed pork and prawn dumplings. Fried squid and wantons are also fantastic. Service and prices are both excellent. Well worth a visit.
3A-5 Haymarket Walk, The Haymarket, Bristol, BS1 3LN
A dare I say it basic looking restaurant situated in the centre of Bristol in the Bear Pit – from the outside, Mayflower looks like nothing special. Even the décor inside is simple and un-flashy. What makes Mayflower exceptional is the food.
The menu features authentic Chinese food in both English and Chinese which makes Mayflower the perfect place to go if you’re feeling experimental. Service is good and staff are happy to make recommendations. The flavours of the dishes are vibrant, the atmosphere is homely – all in all these guys have it spot on. I’ve also been with a friend who is allergic to gluten and they were incredibly accomodating.
To try: Koushui Chicken, a szechuan special and soft shell crab or squid in chilli salt.
Eastgate Oriental City, Eastgate Road, Eastville, Bristol, BS5 6XY
Situated above Wai Yee Hong Chinese supermarket, Watersky is well worth the drive out of town. There are a number of different menus available on all you can eat menu, an a la carte with more conventional Chinese dishes, a Dim Sum menu available at lunchtimes and on Sunday and the traditional Chinese menu. Sadly the traditional chinese menu is only available in Chinese (although it is in English online) however I really recommend that you ask your waiter for their recommendations from this menu as the food is fantastic.
To try: Three roasties, roasted duck and pork and also one of the hot pots.
Wongs Chinese Restaurant
12 Denmark Street, Bristol, BS1 5DQ
A beautiful restaurant situated just off Denmark Street, round the back of the Hippodrome. Again there are multiple menus here, the Cantonese menu which is more common on Britian, as well as the Szechuan menu. Make sure you ask for both and get recommendations if needed. This is a restaurant which will not disappoint.
To try: Chilli baked chicken (from the szechuan menu) and beef in black pepper sauce
30 King Street, Bristol, BS1 4DZ
Recently under new management Cathay Rendezvous serve fantastic food in a quirky setting. The walls are decorated with signed photos from actors who have come to town be it to the Old Vic Theatre or to the Hippodrome. The restaurant is large as is the menu but service and food are good and its an enjoyable meal out.
To try: Steamed sea bass in soy sauce – it sounds odd but also ask for the bones and head to be deep fried. Amazing!
New Emperor Court
Portland Street , Clifton, Bristol, BS8 4JB
Less authentic than the others on our best list but nonetheless good food which is cooked well delivered with excellent service in a nice setting. Prices are reasonable and we are yet to be disappointed. Worth a try if you are in the area.