Lal Jomi is the Hindi for red land, a subtle reference to the Redland district of Bristol in which the owners reside, and they’re proud to be part of their community. Almost everyone in the UK has a local Indian restaurant, and those who call in at 2 Harcourt Road for their curry fix are among the luckiest in Bristol. The menu is huge, and their chefs are skilled, so pick your favourites, ask how you would like them to be cooked – just remember to book a table in advance.
A pillar of the local Bristol community – its name is the Hindi translation of Redland, where the restaurant is based – Lal Jomi is very much proud of its roots. The team offers a warm and friendly atmosphere, as well as a decor that evokes the classic Indian-style decadence, with drapes and booths, and a menu that includes Indian specialities guaranteed to please all who come through the door on Harcourt Road.
The menu at Lal Jomi includes all the favourites that British people like to see in Indian restaurants. The bhuna, dopiaza, rogan josh and dhansak options are extensive, as are the starters – pakoras, samosas, kebabs – and the chef’s specials are superb, particularly the naseeri chicken, served with boiled egg and potatoes. Visitors to Harcourt Road in the Bristol district of Redland are sure to find something from the huge menu that they can enjoy. We recommend booking a table in advance to avoid any disappointment.
Dined here last night before going to the Orpheus Cinema around the corner. After papadums and pickles to start I had a vegetable dhansak with pilau rice, my girlfriend had a mushroom biriyani and a peshwari naan and we shared a saag bhaji - we both really enjoyed the food, finding it a cut above your standard curryhouse fayre, and the portion sizes meant there was plenty left to take away for today's lunch. The place was a bit quiet when we first went in but soon more customers showed up, and once it had picked up it made for a really nice dining experience. The music was relaxing, the decor lovely and the attentive, friendly service made a big difference. Washed down with a couple of pints of Kingfisher and a pineapple juice, the total bill came to around £40 including a decent tip - perhaps not the cheapest Indian restaurant, but definitely one that I would recommend. The orange slices, moist towelette, after dinner mints and red rose for the lady were a nice finishing touch. I was slightly apprehensive about eating here after seeing some of the older, more negative reviews on Google, but I get the impression this restaurant has really turned itself around.
Fabulous food, happy friendly staff, excellent prices, lovely decor and when we ladies left, a single red rose, what more could you ask for!! If you've not been then book now!