Mi Casa Cantina at the Big Chill Bar

7 03 2013

There are changes afoot at the Big Chill Bar, where Bristol’s perennial pop-up favourites Mi Casa have made the kitchen their new home. After appearing everywhere from a Sea Scouts hut to the Spiegeltent over Christmas, Mi Casa have now alighted on this corner of Small Street for a three-month residency.

Mi Casa Cantina menu

Gone are the burgers and curly fries previously on offer here and in their place comes sandwiches, salads and soups. If you want “Dirty Food”, there are also hand-cut fries, nachos and spiced sweet potato wedges.

But it’s all about the sandwiches, from £3.50 for a half (two sliced pieces of Hart’s Bakery sourdough) to £9.50 for a whole. All the sandwiches are made with slightly toasted bread and are served with a pickle, to eat in, take away or have delivered.

A sign outside the Three Tuns when Meat & Bread is inside proclaims that they make Bristol’s best sandwiches. But Mi Casa Cantina is another contender for the crown.

I had the Reuben – salt beef, sauerkraut, Comté cheese and Thousand Island dressing, made by Mi Casa’s Kristjan Bigland but perfected by Alexis John, the other half of the team, in her native Canada and later when she was head chef at Papadeli.

Whereas a sandwich from Meat & Bread will keep you going for the rest of the week, the sandwiches here are more refined but no less delicious.

Other options to try are the Porchetta (slow roast herb stuffed pork belly, tomato, rocket and salsa verde) and the Cantina grilled cheese (Fontina, Westcombe cheddar and Comté with garlic butter).

This week’s special is the Sabih, inspired by Yotam Ottolenghi: aubergine, soft boiled egg, pickled cucumber, coleslaw, tahini yoghurt and zhoug on brioche.

Curly fries won’t be making a comeback in the Big Chill Bar anytime soon.

Mi Casa Cantina at the Big Chill

Mi Casa Cantina, Big Chill Bar, Small Street, Bristol, BS1 1DE. 07972 160510.




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