Chinese and East Asian
Standing proudly at the top of King Street is a grand Georgian building, a former library, that houses an intriguing addition to a street dominated by historic ale houses. One of Bristol’s best-kept secrets, Cathay Rendezvous has offered an exclusive dining experience since 1985 in an elegant, spacious venue.
The Oriental cuisine draws on a range of influences from all over Asia, specialising in Cantonese, Szechuan and Mandarin dishes. A series of menus are offered throughout the day, including an express lunchtime menu and a pre-theatre menu. The à la carte menu offers the chance to sample traditional dishes from across the continent. The prawn dumplings are smooth parcels filled with succulent king prawns, and the addition of water chestnuts gives a pleasing bite to each. This classic snack should be paired with homemade spring rolls – thin crispy pancakes encasing fresh vegetable strips. To follow, the roasted Peking duck is expertly prepared, and served with crispy skin, warm pancakes, spring onions, fresh cucumber and tangy hoisin sauce. The sautéed chicken, with tender stir-fried follets in fiery Szechuan red chilli sauce, comes highly recommended. Seafood and vegetarian dishes is prepared with equal finesse, and a range of noodle and rice dishes are available to accompany everything.
Be sure to cast your eye over the dessert menu, as the team at Cathay Rendezvous knows a thing or two about sweets. The lychees with liqueur provide a sweet but refreshing way to round things off.