Beets n Roots Cafe, Cotham Hill

Beets n Roots Cafe

There's nothing like a bit of sunshine to check your comfort food intake, so this week was a perfect time for Beets n Roots, self-confessed vitality cafe, to launch their new summer menu. Located on Cotham Hill, I have always associated this spot with delicious, nutritious food as when I first moved to Bristol it was Blue Juice cafe and was a regular stop off!

Today, with the beautiful sunken deck perfect for people watching and soulful tunes, Beets n Roots couldn't feel any more like a cool holiday hangout if it tried! The food is totally en pointe, as these days more and more people are conscious of eating more plant-based foods, and nutritionist Rosie Letts, has been brought in to help design and balance this new menu.

If you are a meat eater with vegan or vegetarian friends, this is the perfect place to go as you will not even question the lack of meat on your plate! If you are feeling the need to be energised after a heavy weekend or working flat out, Beets n Roots is your place. Whether you want to stop in and grab a smoothie bowl with luscious toppings or revitalise with a freshly pressed raw juice, like my beetroot juice, you will feel it doing you the world of good!

If you have a bit more time on your hands the brunch dishes like the 'All Mighty Breakfast' which includes flat mushroom, avocado on toast, organic baked beans, scrambled egg or tofu, roasted tomatoes and sauteed kale will certainly keep you going. If you fancy something a little more indulgent (and healthy too!) the buckwheat pancakes with banana, chocolate and maple syrup topped with coconut shavings and pumpkin seeds are definitely worth trying.... A-Ma-Zing! 

I'm heading back next week to try out the lunch menu, so I will add my findings here! I love the look of the loaded Miso soup, burrito bowl and the Beets burger bowl. But if you just fancied a wrap or buddha bowl they look pretty good too.

If you fancy trying out the menu for yourself, I'm offering you a chance to win a voucher which allows 2 people free brunch at Beets n Roots before the end of April, so enter here and the winner will be announced and notified on Monday! a Rafflecopter giveaway  

 

 

 

Fujiyama Japanese Restaurant

Fujiyama Japanese Restaurant

Japanese food is never highest on my list when eating out…let’s just say San Fran, white wine and a mistaken identity between wasabi and avocado c1997 🙄

So being invited out last night to Japanese Restaurant Fujiyama Bristol UK I thought….why not, that was 20 years ago. So I was started off with a delicious miso soup with tofu, seaweed and spring onions. Great start, and to follow came a steady trail of delights: The tuna and salmon sashimi was beautifully fresh and I took it easy with the wasabi and ginger 😁. Then on sticks came pancakes stuffed with squid, which were amazing, but the piece de resistance were the soft shell crab rolls. They were out of this world! So it seems I may be converted…and with attentive service and plenty more options to try….I am certainly going back!

Which Japanese restaurant would you recommend near you? Remember to share your recommendations or show a little love for mine! Lisa 

Pasta Loco

Pasta Loco

I 'm sometimes reticent to go out for pasta as it is one of those fuss-free things to do at home, but Pasta Loco Bristol OMG: This was another level!

Far from the pasta my Nonna used to make this is pasta elevated. Rich, indulgent and full of flavour. We started with the salt cod fritters, which were light as a feather on a tasty pepperonata, with rich aioli and studded with capers, washed down with an Aperol spritz! Great start! Then backed up it up with beautiful caserecci pasta in a thick Norma (aubergine) sauce and goats cheese and linguine carbonara with pork 3 ways. The belly pork was stunning, moist, slow-cooked pork, and crispy skin and stunning salsiccia sausage with subtle fennel flavours. Delicious! The hype I've heard about Pasta Loco is duly justified, and with attentive, personal service, I look fwd to going back and encourage you book and visit! Let us know what you think! Lisa

Bravas

BRAVAS

Last night we walked past Bravas Bristol and seeing people eating the little plates was too much to resist. We stepped in and sat in the window for a pre dinner drink and tapa. When the best seats in the house became available behind us we jumped in knowing full well that we would not be moving from the end of the bar all night. The first bottle of wine was ordered! Donkeyjote...a medium bodied Garnasha....soft, fruity and easy to drink!!! The food was fabulous. Freshly prepared to perfection. The calamari and baby shrimp with aioli were tender and crispy at the same time. The mussels with potato and aioli...salty, sweet and fresh and the cucumber, fennel and pomegranate salad was refreshing and clean. The list could go on! Basically, if you want to feel like you are in Spain with a vibrant ambiance and a great buzz you must go!! The service was spot on too...clearly a well established team who worked in an effortless flow together 5*
PS. Amazing Gin menu too...a must for next time....final red wine bottle count:undisclosed!

Kuch

Kuch

Awesome lunch today at Kuch, Whiteladies Rd with Mr. Fuss Free Foodie....highly recommend beautiful dips and taftoon bread, amazing peasant lamb stew (Deezi) with pickles and lamb kofta. Call in and see Ghullam and say the Fuss Free Foodie sent u! 
He used to own Rucola on Apsley Rd and invented their delicious Blackstone Eggs dish...they used to get thru over 720 eggs a week! His son in law runs the Souk Kitchen which occupies the site now....a talented family!!