Sometimes we like to let others do the cooking for a change! Here’s what we thought of veggie restaurant of the moment, Flow.
Bristol is a place that is full of surprises. A perfect example is Haymarket Walk, an underpass nestled in the depths of bleakest Broadmead that has become one of Bristol’s hottest foodie destinations.
Out of the concrete and corrugated iron has blossomed a thriving community of independent eateries, a testament to Bristol’s knack for raising creativity and ingenuity out of the rubble, no matter how humble the beginnings. Whether it’s Chinese restaurant the Mayflower catering to the hospitality crowd’s late night munchies, or the Michelin star chef-owned Sky Kong Kong dishing up organic Korean food for fashionable types, the Haymarket is being name-dropped left, right and centre by those who know their stuff about food.
Top of the list for Miller Green, though, is Flow, a vegan and vegetarian restaurant where owners Alex Poulter and Polly Frost (of East Bristol Bakery fame) are quietly making a case for vegetables to be given the starring, rather than supporting, role in our gastronomic escapades. We finally made our first trip to Flow last week, and came away feeling quite ashamed that we hadn’t been sooner!
The vibe at Flow is stripped back but sophisticated: think whitewashed walls and bare wooden benches, a few candles and vases of wild flowers dotted here and there to create an intimate, warm ambience.
Staff were the picture of serenity, friendly and knowledgable about the seasonally inspired menu, which melds together a variety of different cuisines for a fresh take on tapas. We started out by snacking on the spicy black bean dip with tortilla chips – totally moreish – and juicy marinated olives served with East Bristol Bakery bread.
It’s not often that you’re overwhelmed by choice eating out as a vegan, so we decided we might as well make the most of it and ordered enough small plates to feed a whole family. The curried broccoli fritters were a particular standout, as was the butter bean, lemon and almond tartine.
It’s also not every day that vegans get to eat ice cream, so we couldn’t say no to dessert: a mouthwatering combination of creamy mango and aromatic Indian spices, perfect on a warm summer’s night.
The drinks menu was small but select, with vegan friendly wines, craft beer and cider, and seasonal cocktails complementing the delicious food.
With Flow, it’s all in the name. From the exemplary service to the relaxed, informal setting, to all the wonderful flavours, everything works together in beautiful harmony and just, well, flows.
Flow, 9a The Haymarket Walk, Bristol, BS1 3LN
Tel: 0117 3296226