The Secretary Magazine

Curious Kitchen Restaurant Review, Aztec West Hotel

Nestled inside the upscale Aztec West Hotel, the Curious Kitchen is a hidden gem of a spot for a Sunday lunch just outside of Bristol. Upon arrival, we were greeted warmly and shown to our table in the inviting, light-filled dining space with a high-vaulted ceiling. There was a buzzy atmosphere, with families and couples tucking into delicious-looking food, and we were looking forward to a hearty three-course meal.

A glass of sparkling wine (included in the price) arrived swiftly at our table, which we enjoyed while perusing the menu. To start, I enjoyed hot smoked salmon and prawn Marie Rose on crisp gem lettuce, with fresh tomato and cucumber. My dining partner chose the heritage tomato and mozzarella salad with rocket, balsamic dressing, and basil – which was wonderfully light and fresh.

For mains, of course we couldn’t resist a roast – I savoured 16-hour roasted rare beef (cooked to perfection, and the highlight of the meal for me) drizzled with a rich jus gras. My partner plumped for the roast of the day, which was delicious glazed gammon ham with herby parsley sauce. We also piled our plates high with an impressive array of trimmings: triple-cooked roast potatoes, creamy cauliflower and broccoli cheese, tangy braised red cabbage, pigs in blankets, buttery peas, and an enormous Yorkshire pudding that was crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Perfection.

Having clocked the dessert table as soon as we walked in, we couldn’t wait for our third course. My raspberry and gin cheesecake was indulgent yet light, while my partner’s lemon meringue pie was bright and zesty. He also added a helping of salted caramel profiteroles, which were seriously decadent. Next time, we’re definitely going to try the chocolate fountain with toasted marshmallows and strawberries.

Throughout our meal, the service we received was excellent; the head chef was even on-hand to talk us through the options and make suggestions. All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed our Sunday roast at the Curious Kitchen and are already looking forward to our next visit.

Dine in style whilst accompanied with by fantastic live music on the first Sunday of every month ! The next dates to book this fabulous Sunday roast experience are Sunday 3rd August and 1st September – Get booking.

Address: 110 Aztec West, Almondsbury, Bristol, BS32 4TS