57 Prince Street, Bristol, BS1 4QH
Thanks to authentic Spanish tapas and a lively atmosphere, El Puerto has established itself as a firm favourite with Bristol residents and visitors alike. On the evening we visited, the restaurant was alive with groups and couples enjoying themselves. We sipped wine and nibbled on olives while we perused the wide-ranging menu. Following some helpful advice from our waitress, we sampled a few of the restaurant's most popular tapas. The marinated lamb on a skewer was succulent and full of flavour, while the shell-off king prawns in a spicy tomato and wine sauce packed a punch. The mussels in a cream and onion sauce were my personal favourite. The two vegetarian dishes we ordered - pan-fried white beans with onion and garlic, tomato and a touch of cream, and pan-fried spinach with almonds, sultanas, cheese and cream - were equally delicious. We finished with a lemon and blueberry bavarois - tangy lemon mousse sitting on a vanilla sponge base, topped with blueberry compote. The perfect end to a perfect meal. If you can't get enough of El Puerto's Spanish vibe then pop in on a Sunday for some paella and flamenco dancing, or on a Wednesday night for some live jazz. Everything about this restaurant makes it a great place to spend your time.