Harden's survey result
“From the unassuming shop-front style entrance, one passes into an attractive, well laid-out dining room with stylish artworks lining the walls” at James Wilkins’s Redland HQ, where the “welcoming service” and “outstanding” cuisine (with a five-course tasting menu as the top option, but usually with à la carte or prix fixe alternatives) have placed it near the pinnacle of the city’s culinary pecking order. “After a decor makeover, the styling now matches the brilliant food and service” according to its most ardent fans (but overall the ambience is still the least highly rated element of the operation).
James Wilkins’s “world class” food delights a committed fanclub of his backstreet Redland HQ, where “classical cuisine with imaginative flavouring” is “impeccably served, but in a manner that’s in no way stuffy”. If there’s a reservation it’s the “slightly dull room” – but in a better location this could rival Casamia as Bristol’s most highly rated destination.
“James Wilkins is one of the best chefs in Bristol” and his backstreet Redland haunt “goes from strength to strength”. The site is a modest one ambience-wise, but pepped up by its superb service (“welcoming, courteous, knowledgeable, efficient, discreet!”) and “his cuisine is exceptional, both in presentation and combination of flavours”.
“James Wilkin’s superbly presented food is a delight to behold and enjoy”, according to the vast majority of reports on his “lovely and high quality” small haven in a Redland backstreet (still remembered by some as Stephen Markwick’s Culinaria, long RIP). Notwithstanding a recent refurb, the ambience is the weakest link, but fans say “it doesn’t matter when the food’s this good”.
Wilks Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Solid one star food, not the greatest of locations though."
"From the unprepossessing shop-front style entrance to the restaurant one passes into an attractive, well laid-out dining room with stylish artworks lining the walls. We were seated immediately, but there was something of a wait before we were given a menu to inspect and a further delay before we were asked if we wished to have an aperitif. The rather unrelaxed francophone staff did their job, but the wine waitress failed to understand that a wine â€œflightâ€ meant the same as a wine â€œpairingâ€ for the tasting menu we selected. The latter comprised an amuse-bouche of foie gras and smoked duck salad, a partridge â€˜choux farciâ€™ in which I found a piece of bone, halibut fillet, roe deer saddle and haunch, lemon leaf panna cotta, and a citrus meringue sphere. We enjoyed the roe deer."
1 Chandos Rd, Bristol, BS6 6PG
|Wednesday||12 pm-3 pm, 6:30 pm-10 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm-3 pm, 6:30 pm-10 pm|
|Friday||12 pm-3 pm, 6:30 pm-10 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm-3 pm, 6:30 pm-10 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm-4 pm, 6:30 pm-9 pm|