Chrissie Storry is part of Bristol’s Going For Gold initiative, working to get the city from a Silver Sustainable Food City to a Gold.

No other city in the UK currently has the Gold award so this is no mean feat. It requires a year of action by individuals and businesses across all sectors in any or all of these six areas – Buying Better, Food Waste, Eating Better, Community Action, Urban Growing and Food Equality.

This week, Chrissie's continued her championing of the food scene for #FoodFriday, letting us in on her favourite local restaurants.

Going for Gold coordinator Chrissie Storry

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My absolute go-to café on Gloucester Road stands out from the multitude of cafés in the area for its friendliness, excellent service and healthy and delicious food. The cakes probably aren’t so healthy but are made on site and definitely worth indulging in!

Casa Verde @ No 12 Easton

A new discovery for me but I’m very pleased I’ve found it! If, like me, you’re not vegan/vegetarian don’t be put off by the wholly vegan offering. This vegan tapas restaurant, run by former Head Chef at Paco Tapas, David Hazell, is a great find – the food is a prime example of just how good plant-based dishes can be. Alongside a normal menu, they offer a tasting menu for £25 a head; well worth it and then the only decision you have to make is which wine to have from the short but well put together wine list.

Kandyan

Another Gloucester Road favourite is this Sri Lankan restaurant. It’s a really friendly place, owned and run by Chef/Owner Sam who “cooks dishes flavoured with homegrown peppercorn, clove and mace from their own market garden in upcountry Sri Lanka. With home-roasted curry powder (Sam’s sister’s secret recipe), fresh coconut and Sam’s innovative methods inspired by tradition” – their words! A good ‘neighbourhood’ restaurant.

Root

Part of Cargo One in Wapping Wharf, Root uses the best of the region’s fresh produce to deliver amazing sharing plates with a heavy emphasis on veg and offers meat or fish dishes as a ‘side’. Always delicious, always friendly and even better when the sun is shining!

Otira

Located in Chandos Road, Otira is one of Bristol's hidden food gems. One side is the Chandos Social offering Argentinian-inspired tapas; the other side is the Otira Dining Room, a more fine dining (think modern and innovative) experience. I’ve had a couple of my favourite ever meals at Otira – the team there never disappoint! Quite a feat considering some of the amazing restaurants in Bristol. 

About the author

Chrissie is currently a co-ordinator of one of the action areas for Bristol’s “Going for Gold” initiative. When she’s not ‘going for gold’, she can usually be found on her allotment, tending her ducks and chicken or sampling Bristol’s many and diverse restaurants.

For more information on Going for Gold and to register and take action, visit www.goingforgoldbristol.co.uk. The initiative was voted in as one of Bristol’s Mayor’s three priorities for 2020, so look out for events and activities throughout the year and get involved.

Read last week's #FoodFriday: Date night inspiration from Wanderers of the World  

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