15 cuisines to try in Gloucestershire

From spice sensations to rich delicious dishes, Gloucestershire's burgeoning restaurant scene allows foodies' taste buds to travel around the globe; here are 15 incredible international cuisines to try across the county.

Whether you’re a fan of indulgent Italian delights, fiery flavours from Asia, or terrific tapas-style dining, there’s a whole host of amazing eateries across the county that deliver taste sensations from around the world.

Encompassing everything from sensational sushi and sizzling street food, to hearty American treats, SoGlos has teamed up with Sama Sama in Stroud to find 15 cuisines to try, right on the doorstep in Gloucestershire.

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1. Sama Sama


A bar and street food kitchen in Stroud, Sama Sama serves up sensational dishes with influences from around the world. Encompassing burgers, sandwiches, bowls, salads and sides, the enticing menu features an impressive array of fiery flavours and tasty treats.

Highlights on the exciting menu include a Cubano sandwich with mojo pork, swiss cheese, pickles and mustard; Mexican fish burger with panko-breaded fish, salsa, guacamole, and jalapeno and lime tartare sauce; and a Chana Masala Burger with chickpea patty, mint raita, onion bhaji, tamarind and mango chutney.

With sides such as spicy Bang Bang Cauliflower; Rice ‘n’ Pea Arancini with jerk sauce; and Nachos, there’s something to tantalise everyone’s taste buds. Meanwhile cocktails such as mojitos, margaritas and daiquiris are sure to delight diners!


2. Paparrito's Mexican Cantina


Cheltenham’s popular Mexican eatery, Paparrito’s, is ideal for a quick lunch or evening meal, with the option to eat in or takeaway. Dedicated to serving a healthier alternative to fast-food, expect freshly-prepared food with ingredients chosen by the customer – making it just what you fancy, every time!

Choose from a burrito, tacos or salad, which can be custom-made to each person’s tastes. Main fillings include grilled chicken, braised beef, chargrilled beef steak, and marinated tofu; sides include rice, black beans, sour cream, Monterey Jack cheese and roasted peppers; with extras including guacamole, tortilla chips, and salsa.


3. Ginger and Garlic

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The home of Korean food in Cheltenham, Ginger and Garlic has a menu packed with authentic dishes, while diners can also barbecue their own food at the table, à la Korean tradition. Options include lamb skewers, chicken wings, tiger prawns and pork belly.

Other classic Korean favourites on the menu include Bibimbap, consisting of rice, seasonal vegetables, Gochujang sauce and a fried egg, served in a hot stone bowl; Bulgogi, thinly sliced meat that’s been marinated in ginger, garlic and Korean soy sauce, served with rice and lettuce wraps; and Kimchee Jjigae Stew. And of course, there’s kimchi available as a side dish.


4. Zitto e Mangia


Enjoy a slice of Italy in Tewkesbury, at family-run eatery, Zitto e Mangia, a Ristorante and Pizzeria serving lovely cuisine. Freshly prepared each morning by talented Italian chefs, diners can enjoy tasty food and a lovely atmosphere.

The menu spans antipasti, pasta, risotto, meats, fish, and pizza. Highlights include classic Spaghetti alla Bolognese, Quattro formaggi pizza, Bruschetta all’Italiana and Frutti di mare risotto.


5. The Coconut Tree


Proving a popular choice for foodies, The Coconut Tree in Cheltenham provides a vibrant setting and bustling atmosphere. Serving no-frills Sri Lankan street food, the menu is filled with exciting dishes; as they’re designed for sharing, it’s the perfect chance to try a bit of everything!

Whether you’re hankering for spicy delights, meaty dishes or veggie treats, highlights include red lentil dhal with coconut cream; devilled chicken wings; slow-cooked goat curry; Sri Lankan flatbread, stir-fried chickpeas; and the famous Egg Hopper, a bowl-shaped coconut milk pancake.


6. Bangkok Canteen

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A family-run restaurant in the centre of Gloucester, Bangkok Canteen delivers a taste of the exotic, with a Thai chef at the helm who creates authentic dishes, using locally sourced ingredients.

Staple dishes include Thai green curry; Chicken satay with peanut sauce; Sweet and sour stir-fry; Crispy squid with sweet chilli sauce; Pad Thai with tofu, chicken or prawns; traditional Tom Yam soup; and stir-fried Pak Choi.


7. Tierra and Mar

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Bringing a taste of Spain to the Cotswolds, Tierra and Mar in Cirencester serves modern European cuisine in tapas-style dishes. Working closely with local food suppliers, the restaurant prides itself on uising the best quality produce in its meals.

Perfect for sharing, the tapas menu features a Spanish Iberian Platter with Iberian ham, chorizo, salchichón sausage, sobrassada sausage, Manchego cheese, quince, olives and crackers; Mediterranean vegetable croquettes; Tuna Tartare; and Spanish style rice.


8. Petit Coco


A cosy bistro that’s nestled in the centre of Cheltenham, Petit Coco oozes with French charm; decked out in farmhouse décor with exposed brick walls, iron stove and rustic touches, the setting and menu sing of traditional France.

The small menu delivers big flavours, with sample dishes including baked camembert, soufflé, Coq au Vin, Crêpes aux Champignons, and Crème Brûlée for a decadent finish.


9. Grill Shed

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Located in the heart of Gloucester Docks, Grill Shed allows diners to experience a bit of California in the city; an industrial chic setting and sensational smokey menu combine for a brilliant experience.

The menu will delight carnivorous eaters due to its selection of smokehouse meats such as buttermilk chicken, 24-hour pulled pork and barbecue brisket; burgers with fillings including pulled pork, bacon, chipotle sauce, blue cheese sauce, and pickles; and snacks such as mac and cheese balls, chicken wings, and loaded fries with chilli, melted cheese and salsa.


10. Marinades

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With a menu of authentic Caribbean dishes, Marinades is one of Cheltenham’s most unique restaurants. Owned by a West Indian family, expect exciting dishes, fantastic flavours and a relaxed ambience that sings of Caribbean culture.

There’s plenty of choice on the exotic menus, including Jerk Chicken Roti with spicy Jamaican jerk sauce; Sautéed Plantain with fried dumpling and topped with homemade salsa; classic Jambalaya; Peri-Peri Chicken; and Yam Bubble and Squeak drizzled with a sweet mango syrup.


11. Kibou Sushi

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Perfect for seasoned sushi fans and Japanese food lovers, Kibou Sushi in Cheltenham is an award-winning restaurant with an extensive menu of classic Asian dishes, from curries and ramen to sashimi.

There’s all the usual sushi favourites to choose from, while other Japanese highlights include tempura softshell crab; yakisoba noodles with vegetables or chicken; katsu curry; pork gyoza; and donburi rice bowls.


12. Koloshi


Located in Charlton Kings, Koloshi is an Indian restaurant and takeaway which combines top-quality produce and sophisticated flavours to ensure the best dishes possible.

From biriyani and traditional tandoori to regional cuisine, feast on fabulous flavours and classic Indian favourites such as Vindaloo, Korma, Rogan Josh, Chicken Tikka, Jalfrezi, and Balti, as well as sides including onion bhaji, samosas, naan bread, chapati, and pilau rice.


13. Siam Smile


Siam Smile is a Malaysian and Thai eatery in the Suffolks area of Cheltenham, offering an authentic South-East Asian dining experience. Offering eat-in and takeaway options, there’s an impressive variety of dishes to peruse.

Amongst the many options are starters of curry puffs, spring rolls, tempura, and steamed dumplings; and mains of Massaman curry, Malaysian stir-fried rice, Paneng curry, and a mixed grill with beef, lamb and chicken breast.


14. Greek on the Docks


Boasting lovely views across the water, Greek on the Docks offers a lovely, relaxed setting and delicious dining, with a creative menu serving classic Greek cuisine.

Guests can browse the extensive menu, which features traditional meals including Moussaka, layers of aubergine with potato, beef and béchamel sauce; Stifado Beef with shallots, pot-roasted in a tomato sauce; Souvlaki, marinated pork tenderloin grilled on a skewer; and an Athena Mix Grill.


15. Poco Culina

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Inspired by flavours of Persia, Arabia, North Africa and the Ancient Mediterranean, Poco Culina serves entirely vegetarian Middle Eastern delights, hosting pop-up events, offering a food delivery service, and cooking food for individuals to collect.

The ever-changing menu is sure to delight foodies. Sample dishes include curry with sweetcorn bhaji; tomato and onion sambal; Masala vegetable dosa; sweet cumin satay; and roast cauliflower, coconut and chickpea curry.


By Kathryn Purvis

© SoGlos
Tuesday 07 August 2018

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