Home to Michelin-starred eateries, award-winning takeaways and bustling bistros, Gloucestershire foodies are spoilt for choice when dining out, with an abundance of restaurants ready to transport tastes buds on an exotic journey.
Whether it is meat feasts, fine fish or nutritious and delicious vegetables that get your stomach rumbling, SoGlos has scoured Gloucestershire eateries to discover eight exotic eats, which adventurous locals can try in the comfort of our own county.
Sponsored by Cheltenham’s Storyteller Restaurant, whose innovative menu remains a firm favourite, get ready to sit back and tuck in!
For more information about Storyteller Restaurant, visit storyteller.co.uk directly.
One of Cheltenham’s most unique restaurants thanks to its adventurous menu, the Storyteller’s menu ranges from British favourites including sirloin steak and pork tenderloin, to more exotic fayre including a chargrilled kangaroo steak, bison burger, and elk burger.
While offering staple dishes of meat with two veg and cheeseburgers, the Storyteller’s exotic meaty twists transform these classic choices into something altogether more adventurous.
An intimate sushi bar in Cirencester, Soushi offers a variety of hot and cold dishes spanning meat, seafood, and vegetable options which can appeal to raw sushi fans and more squeamish eaters too.
And if salmon and tuna aren’t exciting enough for seasoned sushi connoisseurs, items such as eel nigiri and maki offer something new, while the eatery’s Spider Roll option adds something decidedly more intriguing into the mix.
Serving up authentic Sri Lankan street food in Cheltenham, The Coconut Tree certainly offers a unique menu, with plenty of unfamiliar dishes which might need a bit of explaining, even if the ingredients themselves aren’t that exotic.
Favourites include coconut milk pancakes with egg, also known as Hoppers; hot and sour peppery dish, Abul Thiyal; and Kotthu which consists of finely-chopped rotti with egg, vegetables and meat.
Cheltenham’s Real Burger puts a twist on an ordinary takeaway, offering up simple beef burgers alongside some surprising, seasonal specials which definitely aren’t for the faint-hearted, with past menus featuring beastly buffalo and curried camel flavours.
From Christmas reindeer burgers with cranberry sauce, to crocodile burgers with sweet chilli sauce, the popular local joint certainly offers something new. And if rare meats aren’t for you, the peanut butter and jam burger is an equally bizarre eat.
Serving up premium fusion cuisine in Gloucester, Tiger’s Eye promises to take locals’ taste buds on a tantalising journey to Asia, with an eclectic menu which raises the bar with unique items such as cola-braised pork belly.
And whilst the dining experience alone offers an exotic experience for guests, providing a volcanic rock on which diners can cook their own meat, menu choices such as ostrich fillet, buffalo and kangaroo offer an exciting alternative for experimental eaters.
Located in Birdlip, The Golden Heart Inn prides itself on offering an exciting menu with ever-changing exotic items in addition to its pub classics, which has seen traditional meats including duck, venison, and partridge sit alongside ostrich, rattlesnake, crocodile, and even zebra.
Those looking for a different dining option can currently look forward to the restaurant’s kangaroo meatballs; ostrich steak; and wild boar burger, while steak, honey roast ham, and chicken are still on offer for traditional diners.
Located in the centre of Cheltenham, Kibou Sushi offers award-winning dishes which delight sushi lovers and adventurous eaters too, with a diverse menu spanning nigiri, sashimi, futomaki, and more.
And while avocado, cucumber, and beef provide easy options for fussy eaters, daring diners can try out octopus nigiri, or face the unknown with the more mysterious ikura and tobiko gunkan options.
It’s not just meat eaters who can sample special dishes in Gloucestershire, with Marinades Restaurant in Cheltenham serving up exotic, vegetarian Caribbean cuisine.
Suitable for vegans, Marinades’ pumpkin and callaloo soup is something which isn’t seen every day in the county, while other menu items such as ackee, curried goat, and plantain also bring a taste of Jamaica to town.
By Kathryn Godfrey
Wednesday 12 July 2017
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