The ultimate guide to Bristol’s best Indian restaurants based on Mark Taylor reviews

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Bristol is filled with curry houses serving up some of the finest Indian food available.

But while there’s no shortage of choice, sometimes it can be hard to find the best place to fill up on poppadoms.

So we’ve taken a look back at Bristol Live food critic Mark Taylor’s reviews of Indian restaurants, takeaways and other restaurants serving up fantastic curries to make things a little easier for you.

Here are some of the best places to grab a curry in Bristol, according to Mark’s reviews.

Urban Kohi Noor

Four stars

211 Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2XS

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Goan Chicken Vindaloo at Urban Kohi Noor

This restaurant is run by the people known as Bristol’s ‘curry kings’ an they’ve got their fine reputation for a reason.

Their numerous Bristol restaurants have won multiple awards and Mark said Urban Kohi Noor had “excellent food and service”.

In his review, he wrote: “I’m rarely left speechless by food – and I’m still touching base with myself as to why I ordered this in the first place – but the Goan chicken vindaloo (£9.95) with pilau rice (£2.95) was so fiery that it rendered me wordless for several minutes”. 

Indian Rassasy

Four stars

275 Hotwell Road, Bristol, BS8 4SF

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Indian Rassasy

Mark visited this restaurant just weeks after it opened and was so impressed by its food, he said it was “already one of Bristol’s best”.

Indian Rassay is the first solo venture of Shamshuddin Bagalkote, who previously worked at the acclaimed Urban Tandoor.

Hnd hard-to-please Mark’s excellent review suggests the gamble was worth it. 

He said it offers main courses which “combine old favourites (lamb rogan josh, chicken korma, prawn madras)… and chef specials like murg mussalam (a Mughlai dish of chicken tikka, lamb keema, boiled egg, tomatoes, giner and garlic) and Kashmiri kofta (a vegetarian kofta curry with cottage cheese, dumplings, cashew nut and raisins)”.

It is an Indian not to be missed.

Urban Masala

Four stars

275 Hotwell Road, Bristol, BS8 4SF

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This restaurant is another one from the ‘curry kings’ of Bristol, sitting next to its sister site Urban Tandoor on Small Street.

Mark said it was set up to be “an overspill restaurant for Urban Tandoor” but “has its own identity and sure to become as popular as its two siblings”. 

According to Mark, it offers “authentic Indian cooking and businesslike service”.

He added: “Authentic Indian cooking and businesslike service, the third restaurant from Dhanasekeran Durai and Sujith D’almeida further strengthens their position as Bristol’s undisputed curry kings.”

Read his full review here.

Dhamaka

Four stars

Clare St, Bristol BS1 1XH

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Chicken Madras at Dhamaka

Dhamaka offers “something a little bit different in terms of its more casual, ‘drop in’ style and street food-inspired dishes”, according to Mark.

The restaurant is on Clare Street, among the hustle and bustle of the city centre.

Its owner Vinay Reddy used to be the executive chef and operations manager at Britain’s biggest restaurant – Za Za Bazaar – located on the Harbourside. Which Mark seemed to think must have made this new venture a “walk in the park”.

Mark described the food as “generous” and having a “kick”, describing it as a “welcome addition” to Bristol’s food scene.

Bandook

Four stars

Cargo 2, Wapping Wharf, Bristol, BS1 6WD

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Bandook

While Mark rated the food highly, the service and ambience didn’t score quite as highly as the restaurants above Bandook on this list.

But he did say it served up “authentic, lip-smackingly good Indian food”.

This pocket-sized restaurant inside a shipping container at Wapping Wharf has an interior is said to have been inspired by the “Hindustani cafes where the British and Indian army used to gather to eat together”.

The highlight of Mark’s meal was “a special of ‘grandma’s chicken curry’ (£8.50) – a deep bowl of medium-spice curry sauce spiked with cloves and cardamom and plenty of tender chicken pieces still just about clinging to the bone”.

Read his full review here.

The Coconut Tree

Four stars

The Coconut Tree, 2 Byron Place, Bristol, BS8 1JT

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Chicken on the bone at Coconut Tree in Clifton Triangle

If you’re looking for a different type of curry, you’d do worse than trying out one of the two Coconut Tree branches in Bristol.

While Mark Taylor admitted his review was written by a “grumpy forty-something” he ranked the Sri Lankan restaurant as four stars our of five.

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He said: “The music is loud and the vibe more like a club than a restaurant but The Coconut Tree’s authentic Sri Lankan street food, low prices and relaxed style is a surefire and spicy recipe for success.”

He tried the chicken curry curry on the bone and said it was filled with “meaty pieces of chicken coated in a light, mildly spiced sauce with gentle hints of turmeric, cumin and coriander seeds”.

Gopal’s Curry Shack

Three and a half stars

Cargo 2, Museum Street, Wapping Wharf, Bristol, BS1 6ZA

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Gopal’s Curry Shack will be serving their veggie curries on site

After crowd-funding a whopping £10,500 in 28 days to open a permanent site in Wapping Wharf, Gopal’s Curry Shack quickly became a firm favourite within the Bristol vegan and vegetarian community.

Mark Taylor notes the restaurant, which ‘specialises in Indian street food, was the first vegetarian business to open in Cargo.

Featuring a scotch-egg bhaji (£3.50) and a crispy samosa (£2), he said Gopal’s is definitely worth the detour whether you are vegan or not.

Read the full review here.

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