Chin Chin Bar and Kitchen, Cotham – tried and tested review

Situated on St Michael’s Hill, Chin Chin is a rather unassuming restaurant. It is however, also fantastic. Serving great food at good prices in a wonderful atmosphere.

I suppose I could just stop the review there. I haven’t really left much mystery in that opening (sorry). For those of you who aren’t content to take my three sentence review as gospel, I’ll elaborate with details of my recent visit.

I arrived in something of a fluster, soaked through from yet more rain and in need of a good hearty meal. The restaurant was beautifully decorated, elegant yet relaxed. Natural wood tables, beautifully laid, low lighting and interesting artwork across the walls. It was warm, friendly and welcoming.

I quickly ordered a glass of house white wine (very reasonably priced) and sat down to relax and dry off. The wine was good, which is a promising start. House wine should be the wine the restaurant recommends (not just the cheapest plonk they could find). So a good house wine I think shows that they know their stuff.

After poring over the menu whilst picking at olives and bread, my boyfriend chose mussels with chunky chips and coriander, served in a chilli and tomato broth. I selected the pressed pork belly with black pudding, spring greens and cardamom carrots served with apple sauce.

The dishes arrived quickly and both looked and tasted wonderful. Sam’s mussels were nicely cooked and the sauce, he told me was really something. The chunky chips were incredibly chunky! Crunchy on the outside, fluffy in the middle – perfect.

Chin Chin - Chunky Chips

My pork belly was really, quite excellent. A layer of crispy crackling topped with apple sauce, served on top of the spring vegetables and crushed new potatoes and a bed of sweet and fragrant carrot cardamom puree.

Chin Chin - Pork Belly 3

Everything tasted brilliant. The pork was nicely cooked. the crackling, crisp. The carrot puree was simply amazing and the black pudding was rich and flavoursome.

I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to try the food that Chin Chin offers. Sadly we couldn’t stay for dessert however these looked amazing too – Rhubarb cheesecake – what more could you ask for!

Prices were very reasonable, main courses between £10.95 and £15.95. Best of all there’s a 241 offer on from Monday-Wednesday and before 7pm on every other night. Not to mention loyalty club offers for regular diners.

For me, Chin Chin offered the full package. A nice environment, good wine, tasty food and well priced. I urge you to try them, you won’t be disappointed.

Chin Chin Bar & Kitchen
155 St Michael’s Hill, Kingsdown, Bristol, BS2 8DB
t: 0117 973 9393
twitter: @chinchinbristol

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