Discover more of Bristol’s best Thai takeaways
Thai food is easily one of the most popular choices when it comes to dining out or ordering in. To us, Thai cuisine is all about bright, freshly prepared dishes with great aroma and a little touch of warmth. For Thai chefs, the food of their native country is more intricate than that. Focusing on texture, colour, taste, ingredients with medicinal properties, attention to detail and, of course, flavour, is what produces the food nations across the world have fallen in love with. With constellations of Thai restaurants dotted across Bristol, let alone the country, we thought we’d do what we do best and compose a list of our favourite ones. Unfortunately, a number of long-standing establishments, like Koh Thai and Siam Harborside, have recently closed down, but there’s still a great selection open for the best Thai takeaway in Bristol. Let’s get to it.
This little Thai restaurant in Fishponds might look unassuming, but it is actually renowned for it’s very authentic Thai experience. Earning itself a Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2018, 2019 and 2020, Everyday Thai has been branded the ‘Travelers’ Choice’ by the world’s largest travel platform. With good reason. The selected ingredients are of the finest quality and the food is prepared with a great amount of care, resulting in a consistently dining experience, albeit from home.
After refining her culinary skills in North East Thailand, owner and executive chef Pickky partnered up with Sami to open Everyday Thai in Bristol over six years ago. The combination of passion, talent, experience and acumen between the two of them not only got them off the ground, but really ensured the restaurant’s success.
Well that and the delicious thai dishes served here. The menu spans lands and sea with a wide array of chicken, duck, beef, seafood and veggie dishes on offer here. Scanning through, you’ll see gai priew wan – chicken, onion, peppers, tomatoes and pineapple wok-fried in a thai sweet and sour sauce – panang nua – beef in a rich, aromatic thai panang curry – and goon prig glua, which is tempura king prawns seasoned with sea salt chilli and almonds.
There really is a cornucopia of curries, all representative of different regions of Thailand and with different spice levels to make sure it’s suited to your palate, so you’re able to enjoy it instead of worrying about steam coming out of your ears.
There’s starters of fish cakes, crispy chicken toast and spring rolls, but it’s another section of the menu that particularly catches your eyes. Pickky’s specials is a unique curated list of favourites including som tum, one of Thailand’s national dishes, made up of papaya, peanuts and Pickky’s delicious dressing – careful though, this one’s spicy, but SO worth it.
Giggling Squid was born in a leaky fisherman’s cottage where Pranee and her husband Andy dreamt up their first Thai tapas menu. That same menu is still available now, years and many restaurants later. The leaky cottage became their Brighton shop and now there are a whole host of locations across the country, each as vibrant as the next. The Clifton one in specific is lined with plush green benches and warm wooden tables. There’s a trellis with hanging flowers and patterned wallpapers brightening up with quirky space.
Pranee and Andy probably couldn’t have imagined the success of Giggling Squid all those years ago, but with a menu like theirs, how could it not be an absolute success? In Thailand, mealtimes are about sharing lots of little dishes and so to make your experience as authentic as possible, GIggling Squid emulates that.
Grab a couple of favourites like chicken satay, spring rolls, pork dumplings or salt and pepper squid and mix it up with Phuket mussels (it’s recommended that you order roti with this to mop up all the rich, red curry juices) a speciality in the Esan Province, mushroom larb or Som Tam papaya salad.
That’s only to start! For mains, there’s lamb shank massaman, stir fries and curries – including a gorgeous green thai curry – pad thai and a royal fishing boat curry consisting of all the seafood your heart could ever desire; fresh mussels, prawns, squid and whole salmon. The thing we love most on this menu, however, is the tapas sets. Each is made up of a variety of authentic Thai food that’s infused with robust flavours and cooked to perfection. At Giggling Squid the idea of more is less goes completely out the window. More is always more and with food as good as theirs, more certainly won’t be a problem either.
When you come across a sign that reads cakes, noodles, BBQ, you might not immediately come to the conclusion that inside you’ll find what food critic Mark Taylor in 2020 described as “authentic regional cooking” and “the best Thai food in the city”. So if you’re after the best Thai takeaway in Bristol, then this is surely it.
This modest restuarant’s story began when owner Jirarat first realised there weren’t that many local places serving her native Thai food, after a move to England. She took it upon herself to start cooking, finding that she both loved and had a natural talent for it and eventually worked her way into a head chef position at Budokan. From there Jean’s Bistro came into existence where Jirarat worked hard to keep her focus on those original Thai recipes she missed so much when she first arrived. Authentic ingredients, solid cooking and a phenomenal balance of flavours, achieved without a single artificial flavour or colour.
The menu is extensive with a dedicated vegetarian section so that everyone is catered to at Jean’s. You’ll find red and green vegetable curry, veggie stir fry and tofu, mushroom and vegetable stew among the meat options of crispy fried chicken in spicy sweet basil, spicy pork thai salad and beef with oyster sauce and mushroom. There’s also BBQ, seafood platters, stews, broths and soups – including Tom Yum chicken and seafood.
Remember what came first on the sign? Yup, she’s got a selection of cakes available, so you know, you should probably save space for some pudding. When you do head in to Jean’s, remember to take your own drinks as it’s ‘Bring Your Own’. Whilst at home though, you don’t have to think about that, only about how you’re going to finish all the food you’re planning on ordering
With all of these restaurants offering a unique experience, it’s well worth really digging in and seeing how they fuse menus together to present traditional Thai with a fresh twist to the masses.
Enjoy your Thai Takeaway!
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