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.
Warm welcome with excellent service and superb quality food to match. We eat early on A Saturday evening and with other chance customers coming in we were under no pressure to vacate the table.
My boyfriend and I had a lovely time at Nutmeg. The restaurant itself has a great atmosphere and the food was delicious - the best chicken tikka I've had for a while!
Second time we have visited with friends and certainly not disappointed. Food amazing and lovely friendly and knowledgeable staff. Will definitely return very soon to try more of the delicious food.
Received with a warm welcome & smile. The menu was explained to us & the different heats of the currys. The food was tasty & delicious & the staff attentive. 😀😀😀
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.
Great food, reasonable service. We booked a table for 19:15 on a Saturday night. On arrival we were told that our table was required at 21:00. This seemed pretty reasonable however the starters and mains both took a while to arrive, so much so that we didn't vacate the table until 21:15. The restaurant is new and the staff are obviously still learning but I strongly suggest that they focus more on the speed of service than making customers feel that they need to get out of tables as the reality is that if we hadn't needed to wait so long for our food we would have been out at least half an hour earlier. The food was worth the wait so I hope the issues we experienced were just teething issues for a new restaurant.
The food was fabulous, lovely flavours together, plenty of it but not so much that you just feel overwhelmed. The decor and ambience was fresh, interesting and really pleasant. And the service was superb - swift, helpful and responsive. The person I visited with lost an earring during the evening and when she went back a couple of days later to ask if they had found it, it had been found and put somewhere safe. A great evening and I will be coming back.