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The 10 Best Indian Restaurants to Try in Bristol

The 10 Best Indian Restaurants to Try in Bristol

The vibrant harbourside city in the UK's Southwest has an eclectic selection of Indian restaurants, for any occasion. Here are some of the best.
04 November, 2022

Bristol offers a wide gamut of Indian restaurants, from old-school locals, to vegetarian, to sophisticated fine-dining, there's a place to suit all appetites and occasions.

Take your pick of our round-up of some of the best Indian restaurants in the city.

Discover also, the Best Indian Food in London.

Urban Tandoor

A selection of dishes at Urban Tandoor.

Photo:@Urban Tandoor

With two locations, one in the heart of Clifton Village and the other in Small Street, Urban Tandoor, has been winning awards as one of Bristol's best Indian restaurants since first opening in 2014. Think classic British curry house with tried and tested favourites and a regular clientele.

Mint Room

Rajasthani lamb chops at Mint Room.

Photo:@The Mint Room

For a modern and altogether more sophisticated dining experience, try Mint Room. Dishes like tandoor-marinated quail, kaffir lime scallops and masala lamb shank are made using British ingredients with Indian technique, served in contemporary interiors.

Pipal Tree

A dish at Pipal Tree.

Photo:@Pipal Tree

This family-fun restaurant on Chelsea Road offers Punjabi cuisine with a unique British fusion twist. Forget korma or madras dishes here and instead expect a mixture of traditional authentic Indian food from owner Kirpal Singh's parents' region and a fusion of British foods, with dishes like pheasant breast in a red wine and cream sauce.

Thali Cafe

A dish at Thali Cafe.

Photo:@Thali Cafe

The Thali Cafe started out as a street food truck at Glastonbury Festival in 200 and soon became a stalwart on the Bristol food scene opening branches across the city. It's garnered a cult following over the years for its quirky and laid-back atmosphere and inexpensive, yet generous, Thali selections.

4500 Miles from Delhi

This spacious and buzzy modern diner set in the city centre, has an open plan kitchen and an attractive contemporary menu, suited to almost all occasions, from weddings to dinner for two.

Nutmeg

Nethli fry at Nutmeg.

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Explore regional cooking at this independent Indian restaurant based in Clifton Village, where a changing monthly tasting menu showcases the breadth of flavours and dishes from specific states.

Namak

Paneer tikka at Namak.

Photo:@Namak

Namak on Mina Road in St Werburgh's took home the Best Restaurant – Bristol award in 2022 at the British Restaurant Awards, having only opened a few months earlier. A popular choice for a local curry with a faithful following.

Ganesha

Chicken korma at Ganesha.

Photo:@Ganesha

This family-run venture in Bedminster offers authentic Indian cuisine from all corners of the subcontinent. Open since 2008, it has stood the test of time offering locals their go-to dishes on banquette-style seating.

 

Dhamaka

Gobhi Manchurian at Dhamaka.

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Indian street food is at the fore of this Indian restaurant where kebabs of Lucknow, chat food from Bombay, Hyderabadi biryanis, Delhi butter chicken and Keralan cheman mappas shape the menu.

Bandook

Paneer tikka masala at Bandook.

Photo:@Bandook Kitchen

For modern Indian street food for sharing, try Bandook. Dishes like chaats and kati rolls fill the menu as well as plenty of small plates, like squid koliwada and paneer chilli, to pick and choose from.