The Coconut Tree - Clifton
With two locations in central Bristol, The Coconut Tree is a firm local favourite offering a menu of flavoursome Sri Lankan-inspired fare. Inside, guests chat around wooden tables while upbeat music plays overhead, creating a welcoming, laid-back atmosphere.
When it comes to food, the focus is on taste above all else. The selection of dishes is hugely varied, so why not try a few different things? Start simple with coconut cream-soaked cashew nuts or fried okra, and follow it up with a few vegetarian plates – the stir-fried chickpeas with chillies are particularly popular, the pumpkin curry is deliciously rich and the Colombo-style fried cheese is a must-try. If you fancy something meaty, the slow-cooked black pork comes highly recommended and the goat curry is perfect if you’d like something different. For a real taste of Sri Lanka, be sure to try a devilled dish, or opt for one of the classic hoppers – a bowl-shaped pancake served with sambal and salsa. To wash it all down, sip something from the impressive Cocotails menu, which features 12 handcrafted signature cocktails, including the Drunken Sri Lankan, which is served in the charming ceramic Ruby the elephant.