Saturday 25 January 2020

14 cuisines to try in Cheltenham

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

Whether you’re a fan of hearty Chinese classics, 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, in this hot list.


1. 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.


2. 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, with plenty of vegetarian options available.

Highlights include spicy Singapore Noodles with with char sui, shrimps,chicken breast and crushed peanut; Katsu Chicken Noodle Soup; Crispy Aromatic Duck with pancakes, cucumber, spring onions and hoi sin sauce; Prawn Wonton Soup; and 288 Curry with king prawns, chicken and beef.


3. 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.


4. 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.


5. 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.


6. 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.


7. Turkish at Daphne Restaurant

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.


8. 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.


9. Middle Eastern at Cheltenham Falafel Eat

Get your Middle Eastern fix at Cheltenham’s Falafel Eat, a vegan and vegetarian food stand in the centre of town offering delicious takeaway. Choose from a range of falafel pittas with a choice of toppings.


10. Indian at Bhoomi Kitchen

Get your Indian fix at Bhoomi Kitchen 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. Spanish at Bar Padrón

Be transported to Spain at Bar Padrón, which serves up authentic tapas dishes and paella. With options such as patatas bravas, croquetas de jamon, and crispy pork ribs, the restaurant showcases some of the traditional favourites, cooked up by Head Chef Roberto.

A venue with a cosy yet contemporary atmosphere, Bar Padrón provides a great opportunity to try an array of tasty tapas dishes while having a catch up with friends over a jug of sangria!


14. British at Woodkraft


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 Woodkraft an ideal choice if you’re looking for lovingly preapred, delicious lunchtime fayre in the centre of town.

The menu, designed by Masterchef winner Simon Wood, includes favourites such as steak sandwich, the Woodkraft fish finger sandwich, and ham and eggs.


By Kathryn Purvis

© SoGlos
Thursday 26 September 2019

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