Bristol food blogger Noel Hung is usually found reviewing the city’s eats as @FoodieInBristol on Instagram. She's shared some favourites with us for #FoodFriday, from top tapas to delicious dim sum. 

Bristol food blogger Noel Hung holding a cocktail

Gambas

I adore this place. They’re the sister restaurant to Bristol institution Bravas (another firm favourite). Located at Wapping Wharf, this Spanish tapas bar is perfect for date night. I love sitting outside as I can admire the beautiful Harbourside and make my way through their ever-changing specials menu! The fried aubergine with molasses is a must-order.

Diners on the terrace at Gambas overlooking the Harbourside

Image - Gambas

Nice Spice

Nice Spice specialises in one thing and one thing only – Cantonese roast meats. I think it is the best Bristol has to offer! I visit them at least once a week to load up on roast duck, crispy pork and char siu with a side of cold HK-style milk tea. They also do home-deliveries – sometimes it is really hard to resist after a long day at work. Ultimate comfort food.

Tip: ask for a portion of their ginger and scallion sauce to mix with the rice and bring cash!

Matina

A lunch time favourite for many, I’m sure. You’ll almost always have to queue but it will move quickly and is well worth the wait. You can always smell them from a mile away and spot their mountain of vegetables. The blend of fresh salad, spices and sauces alongside the homemade Kurdish naan bread and succulent pieces of lamb and chicken makes for the most perfect lunch. I love to pop over to Castle Park to enjoy my wrap.

Tip: I usually ask them to cut the wrap in half as it makes it a lot easier to eat (less likely to have dripping sauces!)

Squeezed

Hands-down best burgers I’ve ever tasted. It is completely worthy of all the hype and won a national burger award for a reason. My favourite is the NY Seoul with a side of Gochujang burger sauce for their delicious fries!

Little Chinatown

Always my go-to place if I’m craving dim sum. Head up to the first floor and come with a big group of friends so you can try a little bit of everything. Some of the tables have a lazy Susan which makes life a lot easier! They also have an extensive menu and serve very authentic Chinese food. I love their salted egg fried squid, siu mai (pork and prawn dumpling), pan fried turnip cake and deep fried prawn dumplings.

Secret Café

Tucked away in the city centre, next to St Stephen’s Church is Secret Café. A visit to this independent café is a great way to start your day. They’re run by a lovely Spanish couple and offer all kinds of Spanish dishes. My favourites include their tortilla, croquettas and empanada gallega. Don’t forget to order a slice of their basque cheesecake before you leave!

Bulrush

A proper treat – perfect for any special occasions. Bulrush offers a fixed nine course menu and is outstanding value for money, considering the level of skill, quality of produce and service provided.

About the author

Noel grew up in Hong Kong but fell in love with Bristol when she moved over here for her masters degree at the University of Bristol seven years ago. She is a trainee solicitor by day and food blogger by night. You can spot her out every weekend (and most evenings) exploring the city’s independent and diverse food and drink scene. She is constantly trying to tick restaurants off her never-ending bucket list.  

Check out Noel’s Instagram here.

Read more #FoodFriday picks:

Related

Gambas
Restaurant
Gambas Bristol

Gambas is the sister restaurant to Bristol institution Bravas. Their menu is made up of signature dishes that they have enjoyed on our trips to Spain.

Bravas
Restaurant
Bravas

Bravas serves simple, freshly prepared, high quality Spanish inspired dishes intended to be shared along with a great selection of Spanish beers in frozen glasses.