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“Lovely experience”
Review of Wilks Restaurant

Wilks Restaurant
Ranked #42 of 1,733 Restaurants in Bristol
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $29
Cuisines: European, French, Contemporary
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Welcome to wilks, 1*Michelin. We are a modern, vibrant restaurant on Chandos road in Redland, Bristol. We offer creative, accomplished cooking with attentive, knowledgeable service from friendly staff and a relaxed, informal dining room. We champion all that it is local; farmers, growers, suppliers, even local artists who show their work in our restaurant.
Reviewed June 23, 2013 via mobile

Last minute choice for my husbands birthday. Used trip advisor as a guide and was not disappointed. Every thing on the menu sounded wonderful. Had the vegetable taster menu considering I'm a meat lover it was worth the change in eating habits. Every course was flavoursome. Not the cheapest, but well worth the visit.

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Reviewed June 23, 2013 via mobile

Ate here with 6 others, and I can honestly say that everyone was thoroughly impressed! The menu is exciting and makes use of seasonal foods. The amuse bouches were broccoli and goat's cheese based, and were delicious. The wine list was great, although they were out of our first choice of wine. The presentation of the food was excellent, and the flavours worked very well together.

My one issue was with the desserts. Firstly, they are on a separate menu, so this was an annoyance for 2 of our party, as they like to peruse the desserts menu before choosing their main to see if they need to leave some room, and also to have something sweet to look forward to!! Secondly, all of the desserts were based around ice-cream, cream and fruit (Summery I know), but I don't eat dairy and like a more varied list to choose from. That said, the reports on the Eton mess and the cheese board were that they were amazing. The Eton mess was reconstructed, and looked seriously impressive.

It's a great restaurant, which combines modern and classic cuisine very well. The service was very good, the decor is quite nice, and there was a nice atmosphere although it wasn't majorly busy. Would definitely eat here again!

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Reviewed June 23, 2013

Pretty much faultless, a real gem. Ok the décor is a little bland for some and the acoustics could be better because of hard walls, ceilings and floors (a few more soft furnishings would help here) but really, that's the only negative.

On to the service, the food, the smiles, the experience.... excellent in all respects, and my wife guessed that the bill would be £50 more than it actually was.... a good measure of the value..

A fabulous idea (mentioned in another review) is that you can choose to share your starters, which essentially means they bring the starters separately, meaning you get an additional course, great idea and very effective!

The Crab and Mango tian was exceptional, the langoustine and black caramel divine... Beautifully presented and served with a smile and an explanantion! (sorry, already forgot the tiny amuse bouche, in the smallest and lightest biscuit cups, beetroot mousse with a marigold leaf! and goats cheese with apple puree! so full of flavour and delicious!))

We both chose the sirloin of beef and that was a triumph too, beautifully cooked and seasoned, the very best pureed potato I have ever eaten (cream is the secret apparently!) and a tomato salad which was beautifully simple, but peeling the tomatoes was a simple but effective touch, really maximising the flavour!)

On to the desserts;- 3 textures of milk, white and dark chocolate and a lemon mousse with cherry compote and cardamom sorbet (sorbet was lovely, cardamom flavour underwhelming) but the zingy lemon and the juicy cherries which had been soaked in lemon juice were wonderful. The chocolate was really flavourful, from a white chocolate cream, through milk chocolate ice cream, to a wrapped dark chocolate ganache which was rich and divine!

Finished with wickedly good petit fours (Muset, take note...) and the best restaurant coffee I've had in a while.

Our 10th wedding anniversary was a very good experience of this wonderful little restaurant.

Everyone that has mentioned the friendly service got it spot on, welcoming and courteous without in any way being intrusive, a very aromatic bottle of New Zealand Sauvignon really hit the spot too....

Go there.... really!

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Reviewed June 13, 2013

Went here for a midweek lunch (set 3 course meal for £19 per head) and will definitely be returning! Wheelchair and baby (up to 7pm) friendly. Food was really well presented and very tasty. The owner and waiter were both professional, attentive and accommodating. Thank you for a lovely afternoon!

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Thank no1sloth
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

Despite living in London I've already had three meals at Wilks in the last nine months. It certainly won't be the last. I love the way that it's all about the food. The decor is unpretentious (by the way I love, love the fact that clearly the young couple that's opened this place has put all their money in the essentials as opposed to spend it on showy design) and simple yet the food is remarquable and the service seamless. You don't even notice that the bread has been refilled and the plate cleared out . Not the type of place where the waitress will interrupt the conversation to check that "everything is ok?". Yet if you want to chat, Christine, the maitre d', is very charming and easy to chat to. She is obviously very passionate about her job and a wonderful hostess. Anyway back to the food, each ingredient is cooked to perfection, and there is a clarity and lightness about it all that made me feel like I was doing myself a favour by eating it all. Surely such delicious food has to be super healthy! The chef incorporates wild flowers, such as wild garlic this time, that he has
foraged himself on the day. Looks pretty, tastes divine. A lot of effort must go in the selection of ingredients and it shows/tastes. I've just noticed that a recent review says that the waitress was on top of her game, well I'd say the same thing about the chef and wouldn't be surprised if Wilks got a Michelin star in the near future.

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