14 international restaurants you have to visit in Cheltenham

Get a taste of world cuisine without travelling at Cheltenham’s best international and independent restaurants – whether you’re hankering after global eats from Japanese udon noodles, Spanish tapas or Turkish kofta.

Cheltenham’s vibrant international restaurant scene offers the chance to eat your way around the world without leaving town.

Promising to transport tastebuds across the Middle East, India, Asia and back into continental Europe, SoGlos has rounded up 14 international restaurants to feast at in Cheltenham. And they’re all independent…

1. Sri Lankan food at The Coconut Tree

SGGLA Restaurant of the Year 2020, The Coconut Tree offers a vibrant setting, fun service and plenty of ‘cocotails’ in Cheltenham’s St Paul’s area. The Sri Lankan street food menu spans the likes of coconut sambal, kotthu and traditional egg hoppers. And there’s plenty for veggies and vegans to choose from too – the cheesy columbo is a must try.

2. Japanese food at KIBOUsushi

As well as its utterly stylish décor, Japanese restaurant KIBOUsushi on Cheltenham’s Regent Street will impress with its delicious menu too – offering freshly-rolled sushi; gyoza dumplings; hearty ramen bowls; Japanese fried chicken; and possibly the best katsu curry in town. The Japanese whisky selection is impressive too.

2. Chinese food at 288 Bar and Wok

Inspired by Hong Kong’s noodle bars, 288 Bar and Wok serves up Chinese cuisine in a relaxed setting. Highlights include crispy aromatic duck and pancakes, spicy Singapore fried noodles or a build your own big plate option – with a choice of meat, prawns or tofu; noodles or rice; and everything from sweet and sour to Chinese curry sauce.

4. Thai food at The Vine

Not what you’d expect from a traditional looking Victorian pub on Cheltenham’s upper High Street, The Vine’s chefs cook up top quality Thai food, including starters like fiery tom yum soup, with mains including duck red curry, pad Thai and chilli and basil stir fry. The sweetcorn fritters are a must.

5. Indian food at Bombay and Co

From Mumbai to Cheltenham, family run Bombay and Co. cooks up the kind of Indian street food the owners remember from childhood in their lower High Street restaurant. From grilled Bombay masala sandwich and dosa, to railway goat curry and butter chicken, the menu offers an authentic dining experience with spices imported straight from Mumbai.

6. Spanish food at Bar Padrón

Be transported to balmy Spain at Bar Padrón on Cheltenham’s Regent Street with delicious tapas dishes like patatas bravas; croquetas de jamon; gambas pil pil and crispy pork ribs that are almost too good to share. Accompany with a jug of sangria – salud!

7. Turkish food at Istanbul Kitchen

Offering Turkish specialities like Anatolian lamb shank and Ottoman-inspired Imam Bayildi, made with whole stuffed aubergine, alongside familiar favourites like falafel and shish kebabs, head to Istanbul Kitchen on Cheltenham’s Winchcombe Street for a popular taste of Turkey.

8. French food at Petit Coco Bistro

With relaxed French farmhouse vibes in the heart of Cheltenham and a good reputation with locals, diners at cosy Petit Coco Bistro’s basement restaurant can expect to enjoy typically French dishes like baked camembert; poisson du jour; magret de canard; coq au vin and – the always irresistible – crème brûlée.

9. Italian food at Nasprias

Situated in Cheltenham’s Fairview area, Sardinian pizza restaurant Nasprías uses ingredients imported from Italy alongside locally sourced produce for its tasty pizza, available by the slice. Gaining cult-like status amongst Cheltenham’s pizza aficionados, the fresh dough is made daily, with a menu including classic margherita, vegan options and weekly specials like salame Milano and rocket.

10. Mediterranean food at Daphne Restaurant

Family-run Daphne in Cheltenham’s town centre cooks up a wide range of Mediterranean dishes from Turkish treats like dolma; borek and kofta, to seafood risotto; shakshuka; and Mediterranean salad. It also hosts Turkish themed nights with belly dancing.

11. Malaysian food at Siam Smile

Located in The Suffolks area of Cheltenham, Siam Smile offers a fusion of Malaysian and Thai cuisine with plenty of enticing South East Asian options. Dig into steamed dumplings or Malaysian curry puffs for starters, with mains including rendang and laksa curry, nasi goreng and grilled specialities such as weeping tiger – fillet steak with a spicy sauce.

12. Mexican food at Paparrito's

Feast on fuss-free grub at Paparrito’s Mexican Cantina on Cheltenham’s High Street, which creates custom-made burritos, tacos or salads with a choice of grilled chicken; braised pork; chargrilled beef or roasted vegetables, plus loads of toppings from rice and beans, to guacamole and salsa.

12. Middle Eastern food at Falafel King

Get your Middle Eastern fix at Cheltenham’s no frills Falafel King on the upper High Street. Offering pittas, wraps and even falafel burgers to eat in or take away – load them up with halloumi, feta or goat’s cheese, salad and plenty of sides.

13. Korean food at Ginger and Garlic

From fluffy Korean buns, bulgogi hot pots to bibimbap, Ginger and Garlic brings the authentic flavours of Korea to Cheltenham’s High Street. As well as offering a Korean barbecue set menu that’s ideal for sharing, there’s also a karaoke room that’s perfect for private parties.

By Chloe Gorman

© SoGlos
Monday 17 May 2021

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