The United Kingdom has a rich history that has accommodated many cultures, and one of the results of its multiculturalism is the wide range of food choices available. A case in point is Bristol, which may not come to mind immediately as a place to find excellent Caribbean cuisine, but nonetheless is developing a quality reputation for its West Indian food. The Huffington Post has singled out three of the top Caribbean restaurants in Bristol” Rice & Things, Turtle Bay, and Caribbean Wraps. Rice & Things became famous thanks to the television show “Jamie’s Great Britain” hosted by chef Jamie Oliver, who also provided a companion cookbook. The Jamaican restaurant is located in the trendy Stokes Croft section of Bristol and features a constant stream of customers getting takeaway orders. The most popular dishes are Curry Goat and Brown Stew Chicken. Both of the dishes are served with rice and peas and a wonderful sauce. The Jamaican fruitcake is a favorite dessert choice and comes soused in rum, while the banana fritters offer crisp nuggets of sweetness The restaurant has just 12 tables, but offers an authentic and casual Caribbean dining experience.
Turtle Bay is a chain restaurant located near the city’s harbor in Broad Quay. The colorful settings and sounds of reggae are the perfect backdrop for its creative drinks and hearty food choices. Particularly popular are the jerk pit prawns and the pulled jerk pork salad that has been described as looking to good to eat. Another can’t-miss dining option is a food stand located in the covered St. Nicholas Market called Caribbean Wrap. It is easy to find because it has the longest line of customers in the area. There is an extensive menu that features options like jerk chicken and vegetarian wraps, as well as larger meals of curries and jerk chicken with rice and peas. The food is flavorful, spiced to perfection and prepared on-site every day.