Today I’m back for another addition to my Foodie Finds series, where I review a foodie place, rating them on:
- Their story
- What I ate
- Stand out features (If any)
- Likelihood of me returning
This time, the culprit is Rosa Tapas Bristol; an international Tapas place on Whiteladies Road in Bristol…
Rosa Tapas have been around for a while, but they were kind enough to invite me to come and try their food (Thanks to Socialight), because they have recently launched a new Tapas menu!* This consists of a variety (And I do really mean variety – their menu really experimented with different tastes) of mini dishes, priced at 3 for £12 Monday-Saturday and 3 for £14 on Sunday.
I’m a massive fan of Tapas, mainly because I’m the sort of person that would rather try a bunch of small things than be limited to one big thing (Hence the lack of niche on my blog), so I was incredibly excited to give their new menu a try.
What I Ate…
The staff there were so unbelievably friendly and since I was taste testing the menu and didn’t really know where to start, they took it into their own hands, sending over a variety of dishes they thought I may like.
We started by taking it easy with the House Bread and Paprika Butter… Priced at £3.50 as it is a side and not part of the tapas menu. Honestly, this may have been one of my favourites as I am such a fan of bread, and they had homemade Focaccia bread, which happens to be one of my favourites. The bread was beautifully soft and had great flavour to it and I probably could have eaten it all day because, as I said, bread is one of my favourite things.
This was accompanied by the Heritage Tomato Salad… Comprising of tomatoes, assorted vegetables and homemade basil pest, which the manager recommended dipping the focaccia bread into. He was onto something genius with his suggestion. I used to hate tomatoes but they’ve really grown on me in the last year or so, and I actually prefer a tomato salad to a plain, regular “boring” salad. The tomatoes were fresh, and you could definitely taste the difference. It probably wouldn’t be my first choice of dish (Mainly because I never order salads) but I did definitely enjoy it, and if you’re a salad person, I recommend giving this one a try.
We then moved on to the Korean Fried Chicken Wings… These were actually the one thing that I had known I wanted to try before arriving (If you haven’t stalked the restaurants menu before going to the restaurant, do you even care?), and I have to say, they did not disappoint. I don’t think I’ve had chicken wings like this before, and the taste was incredibly unique, at least, to me. These were definitely my favourite dish of the night, and I would probably go back to Rosa Tapas just for these bad boys. My only regret is that I’d already eaten so much that I couldn’t make my way through all of them.
The chicken wings were accompanied by the Asparagus… Served with ajo blanco, smoked olive oil, radish and grape. I had little to no expectations for these, because, well… it was just asparagus. However, I was fortunately wrong. I was shocked at how much I liked this… I’ve always been a fan of asparagus, but not as a stand alone dish. However, I probably could have eaten these as a stand alone dish, because they were packed with so much flavour and cooked beautifully.
After the meat and asparagus, we switched it up and tried some things from their fish menu (They separate their menu into meat, fish and vegetable). We started with the Grey mullet… which was beautifully tender for a piece of fish, and as a fish fan, left me incredibly satisfied. After this, we tried something a little more exciting and had the Black Pepper Squid… Which, I won’t lie, I was expecting to be calamari, but it was completely different. The squid was not deep fried or breaded, but rather cooked nicely in a black pepper sauce and though it took me by surprise, it was still quite tasty. What really intrigued me were the deep fried rice noodles they used as dressing, making the dish vary in texture as well as be incredibly photogenic.
Stand Out Features…
I absolutely loved the atmosphere of the restaurant. With it’s oak tables and candlelight, it’s cosy and intimate while still retaining a casual nature. The waiting staff are so wonderfully friendly and make you feel welcomed, and honestly, I left with a massive smile on my face.
The price point of the food was a big standout for me, as lots of mini dishes can get expensive quickly, but 3 dishes for £12/14 is good and affordable, even for a student like me.
Would I Go Back?
Yes. I had a really good time, and the food was quite different for me… I don’t quite know how to place it, but it seemed different from your typical pizza/burgers/chinese options. I’m very happy that I had the chance to find Rosa Bristol, and I’m excited to go back.
Hope you enjoyed this! And thank you to Rosa Bristol and Socialight for allowing me to visit!
Lots of love,
*DISCLAIMER* This review is not sponsored, but I was given a complimentary meal by Rosa Tapas. However, that does not affect the integrity of my review. All my thoughts and opinions are my own and I always work to keep my reviews genuine and honest.