Biblos on the Hill – A review
Supper at Biblos on the Hill, a restaurant on the famous Gloucester Road in Bristol, was a real treat in more ways than one. Co-owner Will Clarke has just bought a house a couple of doors away and is in the process of doing it up so we have been chatting as his work has been progressing. He offered us complimentary drinks and a meal when he found out we had yet to visit this new restaurant which opened earlier in the year.
Going on a Sunday meant that there was not the crowd that we have seen as we have passed but there is plenty of room both inside and out. The decor is simple and relaxed.
The menu on sheets of paper attached to clip boards explains the range of food which is a fusion of west Indian, Asian and Mediterranean.
They are proud of the local produce they use and we were especially keen on trying the local brew. They only do it in bottles and just one size.
Gloucester Road is known, not only for it’s independent traders but also for the wealth of eateries and restaurants so it is hard for new comers to get established. Biblos on the Hill is a little different to the others. It’s menu for instance is limited but good. Baba ganoush is a favourite of ours and although it didn’t have the smokey flavour we love, there was plenty of it accompanied by flat bread which is also used for the wraps. I personally find it a little dry but both of our wraps were packed with plenty of fillings – mine was lamb kofte and hubby had chicken shish.
There are also sharing platters, salads and a ‘Little Biblers Kids Menu’ which has a selection of mezze-type dishes as well as mini sides and mains.
The bill would have been very reasonable and we will certainly be going back and taking friends. The rap/ jazz music playing softly in the background and the friendly but unobtrusive staff made it a very pleasant evening.