Casamia @ Bristol, UK

>> Apr 9, 2011

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This is going to be my last post about food places in the UK (at least until my next trip there). This post will be on Casamia, the only restaurant with a Michelin Star in Bristol. Casamia is also the winner of 'Gordon Ramsay's Best Restaurant' (for however much that may be worth).

At Casamia, there is only a set menu. One can opt for an additional 2 dishes (excluding cheese) or stick with the original set.

To start the meal, we were served bread sticks to be dipped into the sour cream and chives mix, as well as green olives and macadamia nuts.

Bread Stick

Surprisingly, I thought the olives were rather good. The bread stick were a nice snack to munch on, while waiting for proper food to arrive.

Fresh Bread

Fresh Bread with English Butter

The bread had a nice crusty exterior. The butter went well with it.

Beetroot, Barley, Iced Yogurt and Pickled Fennel (2006)

Beetroot, Barley, Iced Yogurt and Pickled Fennel (2006)

The dish above is actually a beetroot risotto, served with frozen yogurt and fennels.Although the name of the dish was a put off for me, I was surprised it tasted exceptionally good. The risotto wasn't overpoweringly sour, and the nuts around it gave it a nice brittle crunch. This dish somehow surprised me.

Salmon, Italian garnish Cauliflower

Salmon, Italian garnish Cauliflower

My guess is, the salmon was done sous vide. The single cauliflower was a nice touch to the dish. The capers and small dollop of cream complemented the dish rather well.

Roast Beef, Pickled Onion Popcorn, Horseradish

Popcorn

Roast Beef, Pickled Onion Popcorn, Horseradish

This dish had to be the winner of the night. It was nicely executed. The beef was done sous vide, and quickly seared on the outside, to give it a nice caramelisation. The beef had an almost melt in your mouth texture. Imagine if they had used kobe/wagyu with a high marble score, the beef would have been even better. Unfortunately, most beef found in the UK are aberdeen angus (Australia is rather far away).

Selection of local Cheeses

Selection of local Cheeses

Selection of Local Cheeses

Frankly, it has been a while since I dined at Casamia. I can't really remember what cheese they were, but they were pretty decent, especially when taken with some Red.

Pine Nut Pannacotta, Amalfi Lemon Sorbet

Pine Nut Pannacotta, Amalfi Lemon Sorbet

Pine Nut Pannacotta, Amalfi Lemon Sorbet

The pannacotta was one of the best I've tasted. It tasted much better than Hakasan's. The liquid nitrogen could easily have been something from The Fat Duck.

Traditional Tiramisu, the Smell of Renato‘s Numero Uno

Traditional Tiramisu, the Smell of Renato‘s Numero Uno

Traditional Tiramisu, the Smell of Renato‘s Numero Uno

Traditional Tiramisu, the Smell of Renato‘s Numero Uno

Traditional Tiramisu, the Smell of Renato‘s Numero Uno

Traditional Tiramisu, the Smell of Renato‘s Numero Uno

Casamia's Tiramisu has a story behind it. Unfortunately, I lost the slip. However, I must say this has to be the best tiramisu I've tasted so far. It was darn good.

All in all, Casamia certainly lived up to expectations. Service wise, they were not Michelin standard, but the food made up for it. They are probably the best restaurant Bristol.


*Opinions expressed are solely based on my personal experience

Map to Casamia

Address:

Casamia
38 High St Bristol,
Westbury Village,
Westbury-on-Trym,
Bristol BS9 3DZ,
United Kingdom

Contact:
Telephone number: +44 (0) 117 959 2884
Email: info@casamiarestaurant.co.uk
Website:
http://www.casamiarestaurant.co.uk/


Opening hours:
Dinner
Tuesday- Saturday
7.00pm - 9.00pm

Lunch
Saturday only
12.30pm - 1.45pm


Casamia on Urbanspoon

5 comments:

Baby Sumo April 9, 2011 at 8:13 PM  

What's wrong with Aberdeen Angus??? I think its a good meat.. :)

Tummy Rumble April 9, 2011 at 11:34 PM  

@Baby Sumo: Its actually self preference. Some people prefer US beef, whereas some like Australian. People seldom opt for UK beef. Aberdeen angus is good meat. It is consistently good, and unfortunately, thats the trouble. It is never superb. Aberdeen angus tend to have very poor marbling when compared to wagyu.

Brian Yong April 11, 2011 at 3:52 AM  

never knew casamia was a michelin star restaurant! haha looks pretty good. the last time i checked it was still graded under aspiring restaurants.

Tummy Rumble April 12, 2011 at 6:59 PM  

@Brian yong: its still an aspiring restaurant.. they expect it to get more stars in the near future.. thanks for dropping by..

beccles suffolk October 12, 2011 at 2:40 PM  

I've looked this up on the net and saw some fantastic reviews from customers. Definitely a place to visit.

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