We stumbled upon Halo one evening and were greeted by a relaxed and homely atmosphere. Dotted around the restaurant, seated at small tables and on comfy leather sofas hugging the walls, was a diverse selection of people, from couples enjoying an intimate meal to families and friends catching up over drinks.
After being shown to a table by the window, we were served a bowl of olives, stuffed with pimento, flavoured with garlic and rosemary and drizzled with olive oil - we enjoyed these with a glass of cabernet sauvignon, while browsing the vibrant menu and indulging in a spot of people-watching. To start I opted for the lamb kofta, cooked to perfection, accompanied by refreshing mint yoghurt and garnished with a light side salad, which complemented the subtle spices in the lamb. My partner went for the goat's cheese crostini - the creamy goat's cheese placed delicately on a perfectly toasted slice of bread, and gently drizzled with olive oil.
For our main courses we decided to go with the recommendation of the chef, who suggested fish massala and the Halo burger. The spices brought the shallow-fried and oven-baked fillet of haddock to life, especially when combined with the tangy homemade mango chutney, and it melted in the mouth. An exciting twist on a classic main, the Halo burger was seasoned with a mix of herbs and spices and topped with bacon and cheese to make a towering delight. With barely room to spare, we ordered a lemon curd cheesecake and chocolate brownie, both served with cream. The cheesecake was tangy yet sweet with melt-in-the-mouth pastry, while the brownie was rich and irresistibly chocolaty - both presented beautifully.
As well as providing customers with locally sourced food, Sam and his team uphold a strong community ethic, which fits in well with the spirit of the surrounding area. Local groups often hire out the adjacent room, and the restaurant plays host to regular open mic nights, wedding receptions and parties. In the summer months the spacious garden is ideal for a spot of alfresco dining, along with a pint of something from the selection of local beers and ales on offer.
Along with a delicious selection of breakfast dishes, including scrumptious eggs Benedict, Halo also offers what is quickly becoming known as one of the best Sunday roasts in Bristol - another reason to hurry along to this fantastic little eatery and indulge in the heavenly Halo experience.