Enjoy a Christmas Feast with Sri-Lankan Twist at Street Food Restaurant The Coconut Tree
Coconut Tree – a dose of Sri Lankan flavour for the Festive season
Known to many, but a great foodie discovery for me is the pioneering South Asian restaurant group, The Coconut Tree. With two locations in Bristol, Clifton Triangle and Gloucester Road, plus restaurants in Cheltenham, Oxford and Cardiff, this is the place for classic Sri Lankan dishes, served with lots of heart by an energetic team.
Buzzing and inviting on a cold Friday night, the restaurant is obviously a popular choice. The atmosphere is convivial and relaxed, with mixed-height seating and ceiling covers of flags and crafts. There’s a boutique feel and all of the staff are similarly friendly and engaging, ready to chip in with a recommendation or two.
Known for its cocktails, we had to sample the ‘Drunken Sri Lankan’ – Ceylon mixed with turmeric Cointreau and topped up with spicy ginger beer. It set the pace for the food to come.
The menu is a voyage of discovery into Sri Lankan food – classic dahls, curries with meat that falls off the bone, stir fried veggies and lots of rotis to soak up the flavour. If it all presents too much choice, you can opt for a mix for £20 a head, selected by the chef. If you have to try one thing, make it the Colombo cheese – spicy, tangy, salty deliciousness that you will be fighting over – better yet, buy two.
For Christmas, the restaurants are offering some amazing deals – whether it’s turkey or jackfruit rolls with tangy cranberry sauce, Sri-Lankan-style split sprouts with cashews, or devilled pigs in blankets – their island-inspired festive specialty dishes are part of the new ‘Xmas sharing feast’ and are sure to warm the cockles on a cold December day. Festive lunches are £12 and the Sri Lankan Christmas supper is £22 – both include the classic Sri Lankan Hopper which is a must try for the uninitiated, plus a festive speciality dish and a dish from the regular menu. It’s an absolute steal – so it’s time to get a bit of spice into your Christmas routine.
Find out more at https://www.thecoconut-tree.com/