14 cuisines to try in Cheltenham

From Sri Lankan street food and Chinese stir fries, to one-pot Caribbean meals and Malaysian curries, discover 14 cuisines to tuck into in Cheltenham.

Whether you’re a fan of delicate European dishes, spicy street food, or sizzling American barbecue, Cheltenham’s burgeoning restaurant scene offers the chance to eat your way around the world without even leaving town.

Promising to transport taste buds across India, Asia, America and back into Europe, feast your eyes on 14 cuisines to try on home turf, right here in Cheltenham.

1. Chinese at Bar and Wok

Serving up authentic Chinese cuisine within a vibrant setting, Bar and Wok remains one of Cheltenham’s most popular restaurants, with its owner Pak Wai championing home grown, local and quality ingredients.

Whether you’re hankering for a hearty plate of stir-fried noodles; sizzling dish of barbecued Chinese char sui; warming wonton noodle soup; or duck spring rolls with hoi sin dip, the large oriental menu offers something for all palates.

2. Italian at Primavera Ristorante

Enjoy a taste of authentic Italian food in the heart of Cheltenham, thanks to Primavera Ristorante’s delicious dishes, offering the chance to feast on classic favourites alongside wines imported from small Italian vineyards.

Sure to delight diners, menu highlights include bruschetta with prosciutto; spaghetti carbonara; penne puttanesca; linguine marinara; pepperoni pizza; and tiramisu for a sweet finish.

3. Thai at The Vine

Feast on tasty Thai food at Cheltenham hot spot, The Vine, whose talented Thai chefs cook up top quality dishes using only farm-assured and free range meats, ensuring a delicious dining experience.

Offering a wide choice and range of spice, tuck into starters including dim sum; chicken satay; and tempura prawns, before main dishes such as green Thai curry; pad Thai; and rainbow fried rice, and finish with some sweet banana fritters.

4. French at Petit Coco Bistro

A cosy restaurant in the heart of Cheltenham, a visit to Petit Coco offers the tastes and ambience of a French bistro, with its small à la carte menu boasting the best of authentic European flavours.

Diners can expect plates which sing of France, with treats such as baked camembert; poisson du jour; crêpes aux champignons; terrine maison; and irresistible favourite, crème brûlée.

5. Sri Lankan at The Coconut Tree

The Coconut Tree has quickly become one of Cheltenham’s busiest restaurants, with its vibrant setting, bustling service and authentic street food creating a brilliant atmosphere and flavours of the exotic.

Promising plenty to tantalise the taste buds, the menu encompasses Sri Lankan favourites such as red rice; pineapple curry; mixed fried rice; battered spicy cuttlefish; coconut sambal; rotti flatbreads; and traditional egg hoppers.

6. Turkish at Daphne Restaurant

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A family-run Turkish and Mediterranean restaurant, Daphne cooks up tasty treats which promise a slice of exotic flavour in Cheltenham. What’s more, for the full experience, the eatery hosts regular theme nights with belly dancing!

Whether you’re searching for meat, fish or vegetarian fayre there’s plenty of choice, with starters including dolma stuffed vine leaves; mixed meze; and traditional kofta meatballs, along with mains such as shish kebab; seafood risotto; and stuffed aubergine.

7. Malaysian at Siam Smile

Located in The Suffolks area of Cheltenham, Siam Smile offers a fusion of Malaysian and Thai cuisine, promising a unique and delicious dining experience full of south-east Asian flavours.

Offering plenty of enticing options, starters include steamed dumplings; Malaysian curry puffs; crispy sweet and sour noodles; and marinated chicken skewers, with mains such as rendang curry; nasi goreng rice; and Malaysian sweet and sour sure to entice diners.

8. Mexican at Paparrito's

Feast on fuss-free Mexican fayre at Cheltenham’s popular Mexican Cantina, Paparrito’s, creating custom-made burritos, tacos or salads bursting with fresh flavours, and promising a meal that’s delicious and nutritious.

With a choice of fillings, diners can choose from meats including grilled chicken, braised pork, and chargrilled beef; sides such as rice, pinto beans or black beans; salsas; and toppings such as guacamole, sour cream, and tortilla chips.

9. American at Storyteller

The Storyteller prides itself on being one of Cheltenham’s most exciting and unusual restaurants, with an innovative menu offering a taste of American and South American cuisine.

Highlights on the main menu include crispy barbecue salad with chicken, bacon, and ranch dressing; mojito chicken with baked sweet potato; Louisiana seafood platter; barbecue ribs; and cowboy steak.

10. Indian at Bhoomi

Get your Indian fix at Bhoomi restaurant which offers a stylish and refined dining experience, using only the best, freshest ingredients that remain true to a traditional South Indian cooking style.

Raising the bar on an ordinary Indian takeaway, expect plenty of authentic dishes including poppadoms with condiments; masala dosa potatoes; vegetable biryani; Keralan lamb; butter chicken with cardamom, chilli, tomato and cream sauce; and rice or naan bread on the side.

11. Japanese at Kibousushi

An award-winning Japanese kitchen in the heart of Cheltenham, Kibousushi is sure to keep cravings at bay, with its menu encompassing all the classics from freshly-rolled sushi to hearty ramen bowls.

The extensive menu is bursting with Asian delights, with highlights including gyoza dumplings; yaki soba noodles; katsu curry; and vegetable tempura, along with an impressive sushi menu featuring nigiri, sashimi, futomaki, and more.

12. Caribbean at Turtle Bay

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Turtle Bay conjures the colours, tastes and ambience of the Caribbean thanks to its tasty food menu and impressive cocktail choices, making it the perfect destination for post-work drinks, a quick lunch, or delicious dinner.

There’s endless choice on the menu which includes tasting dishes inspired by beach shack and street vendors across the Caribbean islands, in addition to one-pot meals such as curried goat; jerk pit barbecue dishes; burgers with Caribbean slaw; and much, much more.

13. German at Bierkeller

A venue that may be best known for its party atmosphere, The Bierkeller Cheltenham also offers a slice of German cuisine, with its food menu spanning traditional favourites which can be washed down with a stein of the cold stuff.

Choose from traditional favourites such as Bavarian bratwurst with sauerkraut; Bierkeller’s classic of curry wurst; chicken schnitzel with fries; curry wurst pizza; and ‘little piggy fries’, which are normal fries topped with mild cheddar and diced German bockwurst.

14. British at White Spoon

If you prefer a good old British meal, there are plenty of pubs, restaurants and cafés across town to tuck in and celebrate our county’s cuisine – with The White Spoon perfect for enjoying a fine dining experience and modern British food.

The à la carte menu changes with the seasons but promises exquisite food, with sample dishes encompassing Old Gloucester beef tartare with quail egg; rump of spring lamb with aubergine, courgette, anchovies and broad beans; Cotswold wild rabbit; chocolate tart; and cheese with chutney and walnut bread.

By Kathryn Godfrey

© SoGlos
Wednesday 06 September 2017

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