Harden's survey result
“Elegant and imaginative cuisine” and an excellent standard of service again won nothing but rave reviews for James Wilkins & Christine Vayssade’s small restaurant in a Redland sidestreet, whose ambiance was “greatly improved” a couple of years ago “with a new feature street-art wall and intimate décor”. But in October 2019, the pair put it up for sale in order to pursue an opportunity overseas: hence we’ve removed the rating for now.
“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.
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|Wine per bottle||£18.00|
1 Chandos Rd, Bristol, BS6 6PG
|Wednesday||6 pm‑9 pm|
|Thursday||6 pm‑9 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑1:30 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑1:30 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm‑1:30 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm|