You know when you’ve planned to go eat somewhere and then out of the blue the sun comes out, and you’re like, ‘no way am I sitting inside, missing out on this rarity’ – so you change your plans but still want good food, where do you go?
Well my friend, how about Bambalan? The new kid on the block from the guys behind The Ox, Pata Negra and The Milk Thistle. Situated on the first floor of Colston Tower, with a great outside seating area/sun-soaking spot and a pretty view to boot.
I went along to one of their opening events with some work chums and luckily the weather was on top form.
We were warmly greeted with a rum cocktail and decided to do a tour of the inside before grabbing a table on the terrace.
The funky mural above makes a great feature wall and there is plenty of seating inside if the British weather should let us down (would it ever…), with cosy booths for families or groups of friends. The general vibe is very laid back and you could easily sink yourself into some of the comfier seats with a drink or two and while away several hours.
And that would be totally acceptable as we’d just be living up to the name.
We made our way outside just in time to sample some of the foodie treats.
The food takes inspiration from mediterranean dishes and after our recent trip to Morocco, I’d say there were some influences from there too. A lot of the food is cooked in their charcoal rotisserie for added flavour and they’re all about local, fresh produce – which is always good to hear!
A great new addition on the Bristol food scene, I’m looking forward to returning and trying out some more dishes and when summer is finally here to stay, hopefully get a spot on that sun trap!
To find out more you can visit the website here.