The Indian restaurants of Bristol are as good as any found anywhere in the country, and while the city might not boast a concentrated area to compete with Manchester’s Curry Mile, Birmingham’s Balti Triangle or London’s Brick Lane, there is a restaurant with a suitably local approach to curry in the city. Nutmeg Indian Restaurant set themselves apart by attempting to source all of their ingredients from within 3 miles of their location on The Mall in Clifton, right by the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Their menu is authentically Indian – taking inspiration from all 29 states of the great nation – and that means curries, tandoori fresh meats and fresh sundries that even more labeled with the region from which the dish originates. Book online now and try out what they have to offer at Nutmeg Indian Restaurant.
India is a huge country, but at heart, it is more a patchwork of regions than one cohesive nation. What else would one expect from a land of over a billion people, which spreads from the heights of the Himalayas to the tip of the peninsula in the Indian Ocean, from the Thar desert on the border with Pakistan in the West to the rolling, tea tree covered hills of Darjeeling and Assam? Nutmeg Indian Restaurant, Bristol’s newest Indian restaurant tries to bring all 29 states into play through their “Menu 29”, which brings flavours from up and down the country to The Mall in Clifton.
If you’re heading to Nutmeg Indian Restaurant, prepare for a tour de force. From the north come Punjabi samosas and seekh kebabs, Delhi style tandoori tikka and butter chicken and Amritsari cod; from the South there are Goan pork chops, Keralan salmon tikka and the Tamil Nadu classic of Beef madras. From up the coast in the East, one can try Telugu lamb shank and Sharabi Jhinga, Odisha state style king prawns with fresh mango and chillies and from the borderlands with Bangladesh and Myanmar, there are West Bengal grilled seabass and Nagaland diced pork curry with the infamous Naga chillies. If you head to The Mall in Clifton, you’re in for an Indian treat: book ahead for a Bristol curry house that really stands out from the norm.
Great service Reasonably priced for the excellent standard of food Good wine choice again not over priced Will definitely go back soon Suitable for couples or a group
We had the sample menu, and loved it. Staff were very knowledgeable and looked after us throughout our evening. Would recommend as a 5 star restaurant to anyone wishing to indulge in truly wonderful foods
Incredible food, great for those with dietary requirements (I am GF and vegan and there was so much to choose from!!) and such wonderful service. Would 100% recommend and will DEFINITELY be going back! Such a lush place.
Excellent meal from the fixed menu. Just the right amount of food in total and a great range of flavors. Perfect amount of spice to appreciate the taste and not overpower the palate.
This was the best Indian food we’ve ever had and the service was very good. We had our two young daughters with us so we made an early reservation and were sat in the upstairs portion. I ordered a glass of Rose which was very good and priced well. We got the pompadoms and three sauces which were delicious, they came with a coriander sauce, beet sauce, and apple sauce(all were equally good). We got our girls the mild chicken appetizer suggested by the waiter and added on a side of rice. The chicken was seasoned very well and the chicken was cooked perfect. I ordered the King Prawn Biryani which was perfectly spicy with succulent shrimp. My husband ordered the butter chicken and some naan which he loved. We also had sides of raita and saag paneer that were very good as well. Thank you for a wonderful dinner out, we will be back!
We were hosted with a warm welcome and excellent service throughout the night by all the staff we made contact with. The waitress who served us was conscientious, knowledgable, upbeat and professional throughout the night, despite having to serve many other tables. My parents remarked at how much of an enjoyable time they had and how wonderful the food was. I was also told that the food was cooked by the owner of the restaurant as the usual chef was in India at the time. I was heartened to hear this, as it shows how important food is to the people who own the restaurant. It was a memorable evening, made special by the attention to detail across the oh-so-delicious food and the outstanding service. Hopefully it won’t be too long before the next visit!
This was a supper with friends who we hadn't seen for some time. One of the party was in a wheel chair. The restaurant staff were brilliant. They helped with getting the wheel chair into the restaurant and then with transferring the chair at the table. The had an excellent meal; the Goan cod curry, Monkfish curry and prawn curry were all full of delicate flavours. Peshware naans, saffron rice and popadoms were all as they should be. It was a Monday evening but the restaurant was full; a good marker. The staff kindly ordered a taxi with a ramp and again helped with transferrance to the wheel chair and exit from the restaurant. The was a memorable experience both for the Indian cuisine and the extemely competent and kind staff. Highly recommended.
Thoroughly enjoyed the food, a really nice mix of usual Indian classics and more gourmet dishes with a twist. They also had a Kerlan tasting menu on offer with a flight of wines to pair with the food - which looked tempting. The only negative comment I would make was that we were sat quite close to the door and there was a chilly blast of air as each new customer came and went. Perhaps a thick velvet curtain would do the trick - there is a little lobby between the outside and inside restaurant with a door, but this doesn't seem to do the trick. So to round up, Food delicious, nicely presented, unusual combinations as well as old favourites and excellent, attentive service. I would definitely recommend Nutmeg if you fancy a more upmarket Indian rather than the local curry house, no sitar music and flock wallpaper here, a more sophisticated take on the genre!
I have a love for Indian Restaurants that above all else stay true to Indian food. All too often the word Indian is associated with Anglo-Indian curry houses and traditional takeaways. Nutmeg takes traditional Indian foods from a variety of regions and showcases them with as minimal adjustment as possible to a Western market. It does so splendidly, and without fault. The restaurant itself is beautiful in its location and decor. The staff are friendly, courteous and genuinely seem happy to be there, no easy task in such an industry. I cannot fault the place. Easily the best in Bristol, and rivalled only by food I have had from within India.
I booked a table for 10 initially and extended it to 16 with no issues. Staff looked after us brilliantly and the food was a hit all around. My friend and I were celebrating a joint birthday and enjoyed the tasting menu and complimentary glasses of bubbly (really lovely, whatever it was). After sampling a little bit of some of the other dishes too, I can’t wait to return. Thoroughly recommend Nutmeg for a beautifully executed Indian meal in a relaxed and friendly environment. Oh, and we saw 3D from Massive Attack in there as another bonus!