This week’s #FoodFriday recommendations come from MasterChef finalist and Bristol Restaurateur, Larkin Cen. Larkin owns the popular Asian street food diners Woky Ko restaurants across the city, with locations in Wapping Wharf, Clifton and St Nicholas Market.

Larkin Cen

The Pony and Trap 

My favourite Sunday lunch location for a roast dinner and walk in the countryside.

Bakers & Co 

Brunch is my favourite meal of the day. Morning coffee and brunch at Bakers & Co on Gloucester Road always hits the spot and it’s really chilled out in there too, which is a great way to start the day. My favourite is poached eggs on sourdough and morcilla.

Paco Tapas 

They use absolutely fantastic produce and cook with care and passion. The setting is brilliant and the atmosphere is great. On a nice summer's day, I'll have Jamon and octopus with a nice glass of wine. 

Psychopomp Distillery 

Danny Walker has a fab business based on St Michael’s Hill. I love the knowledge and the passion he has for gin and the fact you can go up to the distillery for a drink and have a chat about his latest edition.


Elliot and Tess have a great business and were part of the original CARGO1 crew. It has been really great to see them pick up so much praise for their offering. They are the ones that got me into onglet steak!


Such a great option for casual dining from our CARGI1 neighbours. I love the variety of the small plates and how much the whole team puts into the restaurant.

About the author:

After growing up in his parents' Chinese takeaway in Cardiff, Larkin went on to train and work as a practicing employment and HR solicitor. However, the lure of the kitchen environment and his culinary passions became too much. He entered MasterChef in 2013 and went on to successfully reach the final.

With this under his belt, Larkin threw himself into the restaurant business full time with his first start up Hokkei - Chinese street food in Cardiff. All did not go to plan with his first business and following the closure of Hokkei, he re-established himself at the Celtic Manor with a high-end Asian restaurant concept. 

He then set plans in motion to create a casual diner which would serve street food from Asian cuisines. The independent development at Wapping Wharf provided such an opportunity and in October 2016 he opened Woky Ko: CARGO, followed by Woky Ko: Jing Xu opposite the Wills Memorial Building on Queens Road, Woky Ko: Kaiju in Wapping Wharf, and a fourth Woky Ko in St Nicholas Market.


The Pony & Trap
The Pony & Trap

An award winning pub set 8 miles from Bristol city centre in the picturesque village of Chew Magna, over the past 7 years the Pony & Trap has become one of the most exciting places to visit in the South West

Woky Ko: CARGO
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Woky Ko's original award winning Asian restaurant at Wapping Wharf. Woky Ko: CARGO serves Asian street food for lunch & dinner (plus takeaway) featuring Bao, Xiao sharing plates, noodle and rice dishes.

Woky Ko: Jing Xu
Woky Ko: Jing Xu

Jing Xu is a Chinese rotisserie and noodle bar serving traditional roasted meats such as glazed duck, pork belly and Char Siu pork, small plates, noodles and soup noodles with Larkin’s Woky Ko take on these iconic Chinese dishes.