>> 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.
The bread had a nice crusty exterior. The butter went well with it.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
38 High St Bristol,
Bristol BS9 3DZ,
Telephone number: +44 (0) 117 959 2884
7.00pm - 9.00pm
12.30pm - 1.45pm