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17 Jun, 2009

Coal Grill and Bar

Posted by: Wen Ching In: United Kingdom|Western Food

Summer holiday is meant to travel. We were blessed with sunny and good weather when we traveled to Bristol for a one day trip. Bristol is a city located on the south west of England, approximately 2 hours by train from London. From Cardiff, the train journey only takes about an hour.

So here we are, arriving in Bristol Temple Meads Station in the morning.

This is the Castle Park where we had a stroll. The weather was so lovely, so many people were sunbathing in the park.

This is the Bristol Bridge which crosses River Frome.

The Cabot Circus is the main shopping mall in Bristol. It was newly opened during last September. We love the glass-panelled roof which allows natural sunlight to shine into the complex.

After much contemplation we finally decided to dine in Coal Grill and Bar, a chain restaurant based in Wimbledon which offers char-grilled cuisine.

The restaurant is located on the top floor of Cabot Circus, adjacent to the cinema. We love the atmosphere, a nice place to relax and lay back to enjoy our meal.

Their two course lunch menu was priced at £6.95. It was quite a good deal and we ordered two sets of it. Being a soup lover, ys just can’t resist ordering the roasted cherry tomato and basil soup as his starter. The soup was thick and filling compared to other tomato soups, it was nice and flavourful. The bread accompanying the soup was fantastic, the crust was nice and crispy and the bread was so soft and fluffy. It was a good starter.

I opted for the nachos with chipotle salsa, sour cream and jalapeño peppers. This was excellent, the best dish we’ve tried in this restaurant. The tortilla chips were served warm topped with melted cheese and it was crispy when eaten, the salsa sauce was nice and appetising while the jalapeño peppers, though not too spicy, added a tinge of excitement to the entire dish. It was intensely delicious.

For our mains, we had a pitta bread filled with char-grilled chicken and rocket and chips. This tasted really good as well, the bread was nice and crusty while the char-grilled chicken was well-grilled with coal and it provides a nice contrast with the vegetables.

However, the penne pasta with mushrooms, spicy tomato sauce and melting cheese was a little disappointing. Despite generous serving of mushrooms, tomato and cheese, the pasta tasted bland and the sauce was a little watery, as evidenced from the photo. Perhaps it is better to order their char-grilled dishes instead of pastas.

Overall, it was a pleasant dining experience. Service was excellent and the environment was good. Wouldn’t mind visiting this restaurant again when we are craving for char-grilled food. For more information about this restaurant, please find out from their official website.

Restaurant Information
Cabot Circus, Glass House,
Bristol BS1 3BD,
United Kingdom.
Tel: 01179544624

16 Responses to "Coal Grill and Bar"

1 | mimid3vils

June 18th, 2009 at 1:24 am


The tomato soup thick like tomato puree~~

2 | Selba

June 18th, 2009 at 1:33 am


Seriously… these days, everytime I visit this blog, I'm enjoying more the pictures of the scenes like the park, building, people than the food… Oops… hahaha…

No.. no.. no… Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that I don't enjoy the food pictures but the pictures about UK attracted me more 😉

3 | summer

June 18th, 2009 at 2:09 am




4 | Shell (貝殼)

June 18th, 2009 at 2:33 am


me also like the 2nd photo, they are looks very relax and weather very good.

5 | 追梦者

June 18th, 2009 at 3:01 am


I have been to London 6-7 times.
So, pretty much know their life style.

Nice food…^^

Thx for the info…

6 | 550ml jar of faith

June 18th, 2009 at 3:51 am


Love the look of the soup… perfect to fill the tummy without being too cloying or heavy! UK rocks!!

7 | ai wei

June 18th, 2009 at 4:02 am


what a worthy meal. and the portions are large too. i can understand why u say u eat a lot. haha

this is such a nice place to dine in. Yum… next time da bao back or air mail me the pitta bread u had. 😛

8 | ladyironchef

June 18th, 2009 at 4:20 am


what are the prices like? expensive?

9 | ~Christine~Leng

June 18th, 2009 at 12:15 pm


The food in Bristol looks good :) too bad we didn't have the time to drop by.We tried the Sally Lunn's Bun u recommended! we loved it! enjoyed the English afternoon tea very poshly there… hehe.

10 | Sugar Bean

June 18th, 2009 at 12:42 pm


mimid3vils, haha, very true. It's really thick in fact.

Selba, thank you so much! I get what you mean, no worries. :) We're travelling quite a lot lately, that is why we have quite a lot of photos on places instead of food.

summer, 对哦,躺着晒太阳真得很舒服。之前我们在马来西亚都从来不会这样做。哈哈!到了英国才会珍惜阳光。

Shell (貝殼), haha, the English really love the sun. So do we. Most of the time throughout the year the sky would be grey/raining/cloudy or it might be cold, so when the sun is out, everyone would be sunbathing!

追梦者, you're welcome. You've been to London for so many times. Guess you should like London a lot to visit the place so many times. :)

550ml jar of faith, yeah, you're right. The soup was just nice, not too heavy and not too light. ^^

ai wei, haha, now you understand why I'm eating a lot. It was quite worth it. And the food was delicious, so I kept eating. Ok, will DHL to you, hope they are still fresh!

ladyironchef, the prices are reasonable, the total bill was £14. We think it was quite worth it!

~Christine~Leng, haha, The Pump Room was nice? We wanted to visit there too, is the restaurant good? Glad you like Sally Lunn's bun. We like Bath, think we'll be revisiting again. :)

11 | Nic (KHKL)

June 19th, 2009 at 4:52 am


oooh, the tomato soup looks very dense. perfect with bread. woah, summer vacation must be long, eh? enjoyz!

12 | 嘉CacinG進

June 19th, 2009 at 8:51 am


Bristol shopping mall is interesting oh!!!

but the food are more interesting! haha XD

13 | Piano_lover

June 19th, 2009 at 9:51 am


you know what?

I don't like food blogs,

because i just can look but not eat!

Ah!!!!going crazy!


14 | My Taste Heaven

June 19th, 2009 at 2:12 pm


woah…the scenary in UK is totally awesome, i am always dreaming about getting there when i am still young!!! but i think i will need to eat instant noodles everyday there, my friend told me that the things there are very pricey, is that true?!

15 | Hazza

June 19th, 2009 at 9:46 pm


Hey I like how you alternate your blog between western and asian venues. Adds to the variety. Never been to ristol voluntarily, tbh… looks a lot better since i was last there in 1986!

16 | Sugar Bean

June 19th, 2009 at 10:01 pm


Nic (KHKL), yeah, guess it can be seen easily from the photo since quite a number of people said so. Yeah, 3 months of summer holiday! ^^

嘉CacinG進, yup, you're right! Cabot Circus is quite a nice place to shop. There are many good restaurants around too.

Piano_lover, haha, I can understand what you mean. I seldom watch television programmes introducing food either due to the reason that I can't eat them and salivating in front of the TV instead.

My Taste Heaven, yeah, UK is a nice place for travelling. Actually it's not that pricey if we cook at home most of the time and travel or visit restaurants when there are offers. :)

Hazza, thanks a lot! That is because we still have some Malaysian posts which we have not post. Haha, not going there voluntarily? It was quite a nice place to travel. ^^

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