Flinty Red

April 16, 2012

This will be the second time I have told you all to go to Flinty Red, but in case you missed my first recommendation here is another one.

I love this place, it’s a lot like my favourite California restaurants, all about small plates and trying lots of little things and sharing with your dinner companions.

It’s very small, so you will need to book but they do have seating at the bar an idea I adore. It’s all very mediterranean.

My first order… you gotta get the anchovy toast, unless of course you hate anchovies… but even then you should try.

It’s a quick dish so ensures you get a nibble as soon as you’ve ordered.

I chose the ravioli as my first dish… the filling was fonduta di castelmagno which is an Italian cheese if I remember rightly.

It was insanely good.

My second pick was baked scallops with chilli, garlic, salt pork and fino.

Amazing. I love scallops, my favourite sea food by far.

We did pick some greens too, this Hispi cabbage was delicious. I am definitely going to try to cook some at home.

My husband picked the Onglet steak, barely cooked it was beautiful melt in the mouth meat.

Then in order to write a full blog post, we had to order desserts. My husband ordered Crème brûlée. A classic and a favourite.

I order the salted caramel mousse, I love salted caramel and salted chocolate right now. I cannot get enough. The mousse was ridiculously light and almost a foam, amazing. The chocolate part was even better, really thick and so rich.

So Bristol people if you haven’t been you really need to, if you have then maybe it’s time to go again!

Visitors this is a great stop if you are spending a day or night in the city, and a great date spot. 

Flinty Red

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Flinty Red…

November 30, 2010

Flinty Red is a newish addition to Cotham, an off shoot of Corks, and I couldn’t wait to visit.

Small ‘neighbourhood restaurants’ like this are up there in my favourite places to eat, normally cosy, with staff that care and delicious food they can be great experiences… this one is just that and I was lucky enough to have their tasting menu for a friends birthday.

Our first nibble was grilled (on charcoal) chorizo… it was great…

The anchovy toasts… these. were. so. good!

Ben is a fussy eater (a fact I did not know before this night) and didn’t think so which was great… more for us…

Then came the most beautiful buffalo mozzarella salad I have ever tasted… so soft and cloudy, with a crispy topping (ameretto biscuits) and great figs (I LOVE figs)…

Then some cured beef…

Tis is when a few people escaped outside to smoke and I really had to hold myself back from eating the whole plate, and in fact the reason I didn’t was that it was so good, the greatness when you want everyone to taste so you can share the joy…

Oay I am getting carried away, but seriously look at the colour… I think those are pickled walnuts… apologies but cannot remember for sure…

So as I said we had a tasting menu, we took over the restaurant and sat in groups on the tables and with for each course we had one plate to share and all just dived in to share, it was brilliant

Then came the ‘main’ courses…

First came the halloumi, which was quite strange in that it was crumbly rather than squeeky but I found out later this is because they made this themselves, very clever… served with cherry tomatoes and mint and basil…

Jakes wasn’t into it…

Then the fish course;  salmon with broccoli and Cavalo Nero with brown shrimps…

Ben wasn’t really into this either I think he has an issue with fish…

Then Quail with cherries… my first taste of quail, very nice…

We also got some lovely greens at this point… runner beans and more Cavalo Nero…

And a pasta course which I had completely forgotten and completely floored me… a mushroom ravioli…

And to finish, lamb, which I just couldn’t fit in my tummy, plus as I have talked about before I am new to eating meat and this was very fatty which I still cannot eat…

Everyone else adored it and I think this was the hit of the whole meal as it melted in the mouth… served with pine nuts and figs…

Unfortunately I had to dash after this so missed out on desserts, but no matter just an excuse to go back soon!

If you have not been already then go soon, they also do great tasting evenings.