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May 2022: owner Peter Sanchez-Iglesias announced that the restaurant will close on August 20th, but hinted that he and his family have big plans for the site - the replacement may even be open in time for Christmas 2022.

survey result

Summary

£203
£££££
4
Very Good
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Chef Zak Hitchman has taken over the culinary reins from founder Peter Sanchez-Iglesias at Bristol’s brightest foodie star. And his ‘Casamia 2.0’ – the new, August 2020 iteration of this famous property (sometimes cited, including by us, as the UK’s best) – receives a mixed reception from reporters. Covers are down from 32 to 18, street art and bespoke projections enliven the walls and there’s a new sound system – making it “a joyous temple to food and inventiveness, with a fun club-like atmosphere” to those who vibe with its funky new guise. The quality of the cuisine is not in doubt. “The menu is brevity itself, giving no clue as to the clever interaction of the main listed ingredient and its supporting cast. And what is so impressive is not just the combinations of ingredients, producing visually attractive and novel taste experiences, but also the way dishes that have had similar predecessors are brought up to new, even more striking levels by the clever intensification of various elements.” But even some big fans note that “it’s a fine line between religion and cult, and the slightly messianic service perhaps comes down on the wrong side”. In some cases, the approach seems to verge on the confrontational (“we were told not to return if we do not like the music blasting away…”; “they did not allow for our dietary concerns, and if we couldn’t eat a course told us to skip it – a draconian and arrogant disregard for hospitality”). And then there’s the pricing which seems “hiked” and ever-more “greedy”. Even one or two rating the food “outstanding” say that as a result they “won’t be going back”. “Pity, because the food is just so enjoyably inventive and the atmosphere so unlike any of the other food temples in the UK.”

Summary

£149
£££££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“WOW!”“every mouthful is wonderful and foodgasmic” at the Sanchez-Iglesias family’s “sensational” HQ: a “flawless experience” that has regularly won a place at the top of our list of the UK’s top 100 restaurants. It marries a “stunning, stone-walled venue” on the ground floor of the city-centre’s former General Hospital with “sublime” dishes from a twelve-course tasting menu, with the option of “perfectly matched wine flights”. Getting a reservation is no mean feat though: availability is released on the first Tuesday of each month at noon (UK time) for the period four months in advance! And even fans “dislike being required to pay (non-refundable) in advance at the time of booking”.

Summary

£149
£££££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“WOW!”“every mouthful is wonderful and foodgasmic” at the Sanchez-Iglesias family’s “sensational” HQ: a “flawless experience” that has regularly won a place at the top of our list of the UK’s top 100 restaurants. It marries a “stunning, stone-walled venue” on the ground floor of the city-centre’s former General Hospital with “sublime” dishes from a twelve-course tasting menu, with the option of “perfectly matched wine flights”. Getting a reservation is no mean feat though: availability is released on the first Tuesday of each month at noon (UK time) for the period four months in advance! And even fans “dislike being required to pay (non-refundable) in advance at the time of booking”.

Summary

£160
£££££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“By far the best that Bristol has to offer” and still one of the country’s most sought-after dining destinations; the Sanchez-Iglesias family’s “beacon of creative cuisine” nowadays occupies the ground floor of the city-centre’s redeveloped old General Hospital (below 200 luxury flats). The tasting menu shows “an attention to detail you don’t see in other fine dining restaurants” and “watching the teamwork in the open kitchen is amazing”. The cooking is intricate, with “lots of flavours on the plate”. But, perhaps “it’s the theatre and introduction by the chefs that really rounds off the experience”. Even the establishment’s most ardent fans, though, can “object to FULL payment at the time of booking”. To reserve you buy a ticket: tickets are released four months in advance [!], on the first Tuesday of each month at ‘noon UK time’. Drinks and other extras are then paid-for after the meal.

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Casamia Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Casamia Restaurant in BS1, Bristol by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Casamia restaurant.
Paul F
Not just a restaurant it’s an experience ...
Reviewed 10 months, 29 days ago

"Not just a restaurant it’s an experience I find it fascinating reading some recent reviews, as a tiny minority miss the whole point of this unique venue! You will see, after nearly 1500 reviews on trip advisor and now 93 michelin stars, I will try many gastronomic experiences. This is food theatre supplemented with mostly outstanding food. Their attention to detail just enhances the experience. Of all the amazing courses the mushroom one was frankly exceptional! The popcorn chicken course was nice, if a tiny bit dry, I have no criticism of any of the other of the 20+ courses! Staff are wonderfully attentive special mention to the curly haired guy. Chef started and finished this sensational experience. The lights the smell and the venue add extra atmosphere to the whole thing. The flavours were carefully developed, yes there is smoke (smoked ice cream was a new and amazing flavour) if you can’t taste the flavours I respectfully suggest a chippy or macdonalds as clearly you don’t have the palate for this! The pace is quite rapid but not too fast, all courses being explained. This is NOT by any stretch of the imagination a sedate altar to Michelin starred quiet perfection. This is a lively personality driven celebration of sound, film accompanied by the highest quality food presented by highly committed professional staff showing another side from traditional subdued dining. I am 65, not necessarily the expected “target” audience, but never mind I still put it in my top ten meals of all time Ps toilets very well presented too. This is not a cheap meal but you do get great value for your money. We travelled a round trip of nearly 340 miles was it worth it….. CATEGORICALLY YES!! "

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Prices

  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 180.00 Always available 20
Extras  
Service 12.50%
The General, Lower Guinea St, Bristol, BS1 6FU
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday6 pm‑10 pm
Thursday6 pm‑10 pm
Friday6 pm‑10 pm
Saturday12 pm‑4 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
SundayCLOSED

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