Kelly Jobanputra from Ujima FM gives us the low down on her Bristol favourites, from burgers to fancy restaurants…

Kelly Jobanputra

Gourmet Burger Kitchen

This place makes good quality burgers to die for, at a price that doesn’t break the bank (I especially enjoy the classic cheese burger with a medium rare beef patty). They are always so accommodating with my dietary needs and the allergen menu is extensive. Being a tea drinker, I love how the milk is served in tiny bottles and that this British favourite beverage tastes just like a proper brew should! A shout out to the fantastic supervisor Beth who always goes above and beyond. This is also a firm favourite of most of my friends and my husband even likes it (he’s a fussy one).

El Puerto

This Spanish tapas restaurant will always have a special place in my heart as it’s where I had one of my first dates with my then boyfriend (now husband). Located at Bristol’s Harbourside, this place has a warm glow about its atmosphere and the food is divine and succulent. I love the rustic wooden tables and the welcoming staff.  I never feel rushed when I eat here and the stresses of the day always drain away within minutes.

Cathay Rendezvous  

I’ve eaten a lot of Chinese food over the years and I’ve been to some wonderful restaurants that serve this style of food (including several in China itself). However, I am not exaggerating when I say that Cathay Rendezvous in King Street, Bristol, is up there with the best of them. I love how they have framed pictures of all of the famous visitors around the place and the staff can never do enough; it really is a gem in the centre of our gloriously diverse city. Another date night special for me, this place is nicely situated near several pubs.

Cathay Rendezvous

Casa Mexicana

This place has many happy memories for me as it’s where myself and my husband first introduced our parents to each other. It’s also where we had many candlelit dinners and now we feel just as comfortable going there as parents with our daughter. The staff are so lovely and the mere thought of their menu is making my mouth water as I type; the desserts are exquisite. In fact I am going to book them for my next outing right now…A memorable haven in Redland that will always have a piece of my heart!


Having only recently discovered this place, I now enjoy it on a regular basis. What is there not to love? Music, meat and drinks? This is the sort of place that is perfect to let your hair down in after a long day at work and I always enjoy the overall experience when I go there. It’s in Clifton (there is another one, Grillstock Smokeshack in St Nick’s Market) and I can easily spend a generous part of my evening here; of special interest is the way the meat is cooked – the preparation equals a true taste sensation. It’s inviting, warm and very hip – people from all backgrounds seem to love it!

About the author

Kel is an avid writer and pens reviews for Bristol 24/7 and 365 Bristol as well as doing a monthly live theatre review for BBC Bristol once a month (Dan Chisholm’s late show). She also is about to start her own weekly show on Ujima FM called ‘Bristol’s Gig Guide’ as of 9 February. It will run on Fridays from 2 – 4pm and will be a round up of what’s coming up in the city that forthcoming week.

Kel used to be a BBC Radio journalist for 12 years (including 2 and a half years at BBC 6 Music as a producer and music reporter). Kel is also writing a chick lit comedy novel and a black comedy screen play. When she isn’t writing or reading, she’s spending time with her husband and daughter.


Cathay Rendezvous
Cathay Rendezvous

Beloved in Bristol for over 30 years, family-operated Cathay Rendezvous serves high quality authentic and modern Chinese cuisine, in the first purpose-built library in England.

St Nicholas Market
St Nicholas Market

This vibrant and buzzing market place can be found in the heart of the old city, which is full of fantastic examples of Georgian Architecture and is only a short walk from all of the hotels in central Bristol.