22 04 2012

At the beginning of this year, I predicted here that a Bristol supper club would become a permanent restaurant. That prediction has now come true with Bravas on Cotham Hill replacing the semi-regular supper club of the same name that has been hosted over the last year or so in the front room of Kieran and Imogen Waite’s harbourside flat.

I never went to one of their supper clubs, but one thing that presumably hasn’t changed from their flat is the proliferation of recipe books, from chefs as diverse as Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall to Ferran Adrià now spread across one wall alongside bottles of wine and industrial jars of chickpeas.

A restaurant calling itself Bravas must do their patatas bravas well, and Bravas’ bravas are superb. The crispy potatoes are thinly sliced  rather than the usual diced, and the accompanying sauce has a very satisfying zing to it.

I have visited Bravas twice during its first fortnight of opening, once with friends Kristan and Sharon on the buzzing opening night, where the only downer was literally my chair, which had a habit of sinking. A delicious Rioja was the perfect accompaniment to the bravas, juicy chorizo in cider (£4), and delightfully moist tortilla (£3) served with a dollop of alioli.

My second visit was on a quieter weekday evening after work, where I secured a spot at the bar and enjoyed a continental 330ml goblet of Barcelona lager Estrella Damm. I once again ordered the tortilla, and this time also a tapa from the counter on the bar (transported to Bristol from Spain in the back of Kieran and Imogen’s own car), lentils with goat’s cheese and walnuts (£2.75).

An unexpected pleasure during trip one was to see a waiter I have chatted to while he is busking on Pero’s Bridge, often playing songs by Manu Chao on his guitar. The unexpected pleasure on trip two was seeing another of Bristol’s premiere foodie couples walking through the door to scope out this latest eatery, Kristjan Bigland and Alexis John of Mi Casa fame.

Bravas, formally a Greek taverna, is deceptively small, with space for 20 seated at tables, some on chairs upholstered in hessian coffee sacks, and a further ten at the bar, sat underneath wine glasses dangling from what looks like it could have once been a metal coil radiator and opposite an exposed stone wall.

My predictions don’t often come true, so I am thrilled that Bravas now has a permanent home. Could it be a trend setter for Bristol? There is no better example of fulfilling your restaurant dream than this.

Bravas, 7 Cotham Hill, Cotham, Bristol, BS6 6LD
Telephone: 0117 329 6887
Twitter: @BravasBristol 



One response

26 04 2012
JP (@jaaples)

So looking forward to trying Bravas out. patatas bravas are my weakness.

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