If you're craving stodge like nobody's business and love to eat out, it can be hard to avoid temptation. Luckily, we have the low-down on where to head for a healthy alternative.
Take a break from burgers and explore Bristol's hub of healthy eateries that are just waiting to unleash their calorie-conscious menus on you. These venues promise to leave your body feeling like a temple. For a bit, anyway...
When you’re in the mood for Asian flavours… If I had to describe Tuk-Tuck in one word, it would undoubtedly be fresh. From the egg-topped bimimbap to the aromatic Thai salad box, all of their dishes are made fresh-to-order and loaded with veggies. Don’t worry, they’re filling too! Lunch or dinner, Tuk-Tuck is a firm favourite with its loyal customers. Im included me in this loyal following, to the point that the team laugh when I ask for a menu.
The manoush is the main event here, a thick Levantine dough wrap spread with goodness and topped with fresh fillings. Five Grains does the mother of all manoushes, deal for breakfast or lunch, smothered ground thyme, sumac and seeds, before being layered with vitamin-filled food stuff. Try their range of super smoothies, each packed with fruit, veg, grains, oats and vitamins. Look out for the Wriggle lunch deal that includes fruit and a smoothie. This is the ultimate detox without a Deliciously Ella recipe in sight.
Taking inspiration from owner Rebecca's travels and mindful retreats across the Americas, Africa and Asia, Beets n' Roots' menu is packed with such an abundance of amazing raw, veggie, vegan and vibrant choices that you'll probably look (and feel) 10 years younger just by looking at it. With juices so fresh they're positively evervescent with colour (and packed with more beetroot, tumeric, ginger, lemon, spinach, apple or cucumber than you can shake a chakra at) and organic wraps, burritos, hotpots and Buddha bowls so generously laden with seeds, pulses and oils, it's hardly a surprise that Beets n' Roots have were nonimated for a clutch of foodie awards in 2017.
It's a hidden-secret, Cafe Matariki. Tucked on the opposite bank of the river from Castle Park, about 50m from Bristol Bridge - it's a cafe with a passion for fresh, seasonal and locally-sourced food. Chef Janice Heskett knows her stuff as well, having spent years running an award-winning Clifton Deli, a well-known spot amongst the area's foodies. Each day she prepares a new selection of dishes - typically inspired by the Antipodes, normally healthy (try their rejuvenating juices), but with the odd naughty-sweet-treat thrown in.
Offering everything from fortifying pho to light and spicy summer rolls you can eat light and meat free at Rollin' Vietnamese. Pho has been the go to "pick me up" broth for centuries, a vegetable stock packed with flat rice noodles, beansprouts, coriander, fresh herbs and chilies and topped with plenty of mushroom and tofu. Summer rolls are perfect for those warm summer lunches, rice paper rolls are packed with vermicelli, carrots, cucumber, beansprout and herbs and finished with delicious tofu, make sure you pick up some soy sauce dip for these veggie beauties
Workout Bristol's waterfront cafe/bar is a proper hidden gem (gym) on Welsh Back. Boy have they done a good job with their recent refurb - but they're not just a gym. Downstairs you will find their cafe serving both naughty and nice veggie food to refuel after a gym session. There are plenty of smoothies and juices to choose from (our fave is the beetroot and ginger) as well as jacket potatoes with plenty of beans (hold the butter), soups and brilliant salads. Take lunch outside by the river to really soak in those healthy vibes.
Owned and operated by the YMCA, this is an outstanding example of a not-for-profit community cafe which provides some of the best lunch, coffee and nibbles in Broadmead in the impressive surrounds of the attractive old Police Station building. The food itself is highly recommended. An excellent local lunch spot and cafe, which serves a beautiful and delicious salad box. Made up of 4 different salads, the box is topped with pickled red cabbage and decorated with your choice of dressing. Add halloumi or falafel for £1.50 or chicken for £2.00. Enjoy your lunch in their cafe courtyard, or have it to take away and enjoy elsewhere.
Standing proudly amongst the magnificently elegant, iconic Park Street is Yakinori – an absolute destination for Japanese food lovers from across the city. Since their opening, Team Wriggle have been massive fans of this family-owned restaurant, serving up the finest in sushi, ramen, bento, katsu curries and other well-loved and Japanese dishes – as well as some exciting, innovative fusion dishes! The decor is fun and funky, with an amazing open kitchen where you can watch the talented chefs work their magic as they prepare your delicious dishes from scratch using fresh, seasonal ingredients, as well as some specially imported authentic produce, too.
Sen Cafe could be defined as being a little bit like the now legendary Big Bao's little brother, as both venues were born from the same brains. In many ways, though, Sen is more the big brother, since it takes all of the very best bits of Big Bao's offering, and adds in even more tasty options to the menu. If you've been to Big Bao before, you'll be familiar with their delicious Banh Mi baguette sandwiches, packed with fresh and crispy fillings. You may have also tried the tasty jasmine rice boxes with toppings that are simply mouth-watering, and the cracking range of bubble tea options that, let's be honest, we can never say no to. The good news is, there are all these and even more yummy additions to the menu up for grabs at Sen, including steamy bowls of Pho - both meaty and veggie, and new delicious vegan options!
From the purveyors of fine food and drink The Gallimaufry, Suncraft has risen and is here for your vegan world food needs. With a unique take on vegan and plant-based cooking, Suncraft is a warm and welcoming place on Gloucester Road. The chefs have made vegan food a star in its own right, not an afterthought, with light, fresh and flavoursome dishes that will have you ordering more and more. When you're inside, be sure to check out their impressive hydroponics system, growing delicious green goodness for their dishes with the hope of more indoor growing to come.
1766 serves up fantastic flavours set against the backdrop of the oldest continuously working theatre in the English-speaking world. The iconic theatre – Bristol Old Vic – has recently undergone a massive refurbishment of its front of house, revealing the original theatre façade which dates back to 1766. This beautiful backdrop is now home to 1766 bar and kitchen, where head chef Coco Barone is leading the culinary way with style. Coco's Italian roots certainly show, with her dedication to seasonal, local produce, and cooking which simply brings out the flavour of key elements of the dish.
A Fair Shot was born from owner Paul's life-long dream of setting up his own catering company, using only local products, paying a fair price and supporting Fair Trade. The main idea behind A Fair Shot was to run a café for the local community while developing a sandwich platter, buffet lunch delivery service and contract catering for businesses in Bristol. In 2014, a Fair Shot moved to Whitefriars with a new kitchen and a freshly redesigned cafe. The cafe retains its local feel serving freshly prepared sandwiches (with Trackleman’s chutney) and paninis, hearty homemade soups, tasty hot lunches and delicious salad boxes, whilst the skilfull trained barista is on hand to make Fair Trade coffees to take away or sip on the inviting sofas. For those who fancy a cold drink, A Fair Shot offers some seriously delish and flavoursome ‘Fruit Hit’ juice drinks.
The Juice Box may be small (this svelte little operation fits into one of the more petite shipping containers down at Wapping Wharf), but the team are on a mighty mission. Their goal? To help busy people (that's me and thee, Wriggler) fit all the vitamins, minerals, and other healthy bits that our mums used to bang on about into our oh-so-hectic schedules. Alright, so it's a pretty admirable plan, but how the flippin' Nora do the Juice Box manage to execute that?! The answer is simple: these guys pack as much fresh, delicious, and downright good for you fruit and veg as they can into their freshly squeezed juices, meaning all you have to worry about is finding the time to sip on a quick bottle of juice. Now, that doesn't sound too taxing, does it?
Vegans of the world, rejoice! With an entirely plant-based menu, Eat Your Greens delivers delicious food – making it pretty easy to get your five a day. Fret not, meat-eaters! You won’t leave disappointed either. Open all day Wednesdays to Saturdays, Babs and Hywel can keep you going all day long. In the daytime they offer an incredible selection of breakfast, brunch and lunch options – from a hearty full English breakfast to lighter options like soup, salads and pastries. In the evenings EYG transforms into a restaurant, serving small plates, big plates and a variety of beers and wine – do us a favour and try the tempura vegetables and crispy coconut tofu tacos, our favourites. Although the menu changes, the unpretentious and homely vibes and welcoming service remains. Sundays will see you heading there again, this time for their already famous Sunday Roast – all organic, all vegan, all tasty af. Make sure to book beforehand since it often sells out!