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Bauhinia, Clifton Village: Review

Posted on: July 14, 2011

When tasked with looking for a cheapish, relaxed restaurant in Clifton to catch up with a friend over an early evening weekday dinner, Bauhinia seemed like a good option. There were three key reasons for the choice: it had been recommended by friends and colleagues, it’s somewhere I’d not been before, and it offers an early evening menu of a starter and a main (from a selection from the main menu) for £8.90 per head – including Saturdays and Sundays…

Describing itself as a ‘pan-Asian bar-restaurant’, Bauhinia offers ‘well-made, well-sourced and delicious food to locals at midweek prices’. Nestled on Boyces Avenue in Clifton Village, a relaxed bar area at the front leads through to a cosy and comfortable dining area in the back room of the restaurant: an intimate, relatively dark room more reminiscent of a cocktail bar than a restaurant.  They also have a downstairs dining area that is available to hire. Our very friendly and smiley waitress took our drinks order (elderflower presse for us – though there is a substantial alcoholic drinks menu and you can bring your own wine) and left us to browse the menu.

The menu offers South-East Asian food, including Japanese, Thai, Singaporean, Chinese, Malaysian, Mongolian and more. The range of dishes is extensive (you can see it on their website) and averagely-priced for a restaurant of this type: you’re looking at £4-£8 for starters and about £7-£13 for mains. We also had a small blackboard left on the edge of our table, inviting us to try Bauhinia’s seasonal specials…including a monkfish tempura starter (£7.50), and a pan fried scallop and asparagus main (£14.50).

I mentioned in my review of Thai Classic that I’m a big fan of Tom Yum soup, so I was glad to see that Tom Yum Gai (chicken, but veggie option also available) was on the early bird menu. We both went for this option in the end.

Normally £4.50, we were amazed at the size of the portion that we were presented with, and the generosity in terms of the amount of chicken that we were given. They were huge chunks of chicken, though, and quite difficult to eat with a spoon!

The flavour of the soup was lovely, and the huge pieces of galangal and sliced lemongrass really stood out. I’m not entirely sure why there were quartered tomatoes in there, though, and we both thought the heat was quite mild for Tom Yum.

Onto the mains, and Thai basil chicken for my friend (normally £8.50), which she enjoyed, but again thought was a little mild on the chilli front.

I chose the Singapore fried noodles (normally £8.50) -a mound of tasty, slightly crispy vermicelli noodles topped with two king prawns and stir fried with beansprouts, peppers, spring onions, ribbons of egg and slices of fish cake. I really enjoyed my main, and cleaned my plate…again, however, I was expecting a little more heat from the dish. But again, they didn’t skimp on the portion size – something that normally tends to happen with early evening menus.

All in all, an absolute bargain for just £8.90 each, and I’d highly recommend Bauhinia as a stylish venue for a relaxed and friendly early evening meal. Service was fantastic throughout the evening, and the number of diners that passed through the door while we were there is testament to the place’s popularity. I’d recommend giving the place a go if you’re a fan of Asian cuisine.

Bauhinia

Website: http://www.bauhinia-bar.co.uk

Telephone: 0117 973 3138

Address: 5a Boyces Avenue, Bristol BS8 4AA

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5 Responses to "Bauhinia, Clifton Village: Review"

Dreadful dreadful dreadful. Such rude service. Mentioned their laksa was
Watery and you would
Think I had
Killed their mum. Used to live in Singapore and this is not even comparable. Bauhinia does several cuisines badly. Worst restaurant in Bristol I think. Thai garden in bedminster much better as is everywhere else. If you want dreadful English oriental food bauhinia is your place.

Cannot say how bad it was

Star and do

Sorry to hear that you had a bad experience, I’ll have to give Thai Garden a go…

Went on Sunday night in an attempt to enjoy a relaxing and reasonably priced eving with my girlfriend. I ordered the Tom yum gai and she had the dumplings to start. The dumplings were excellent, but the soup I ordered was of an extremely low quallity, with raw mushrooms floating around in a thin, fatty broth. We ordered two mains for £8.90. I had the pad thai and my girlfriend ordered the singapore noodle dish. Both noodle dishes were swimming in grease and contained only two prawns. I promised myself I wouldn’t complain, but after a couple of minutes, I decided that it was imperative. The waiter agreed that the dishes were below standard and said that we coulld exchange the dishes for anything on the menuu at no extra cost. Once we’d finished, they collected the plates and we waited around 15 minutes. No bill arrived, so I went to the counter and asked for it. It came through with the dishes we’d had exchanged at full price. I calmly explained the situation to the Chinese waiter and he said, “no, you must pay full price”. He was rude and belligerant. I explained the original dishes had been below standard, and he said, “for that price, what do you expect?” I was then confronted by an ugly little chav who happened to be drinking at the bar, who asked me if I’d like to fight with him outside…. I stood my ground and insisted that they keep their end of the bargain, which they eventually did after much arguing. All in all, Bauhinia is the worst restaurant I’ve ever been to.

I agree with the above.

A disgusting restaurant. The Singapore noodles myself and my partner had were soggy, greasy, and bland. There was minimal seafood and vegetables in there, so what we essentially paid for was a plate of cheep noodles.

The staff was insulting when we politely complained, refusing to offer us any alternative (we were willing to choose another dish, rather than have a refund), and called my poor husband ‘cheap’! So humiliated, we weren’t trying to get anything for free; we just wanted to get what we payed for!

Avoid.

Try instead: Bangkok House on Whiteladies Road, the Brunel Raj or Rupsha n Clifton Village,or Tehos in Bedminster / St Paul’s, which are all lovely Asian restaurants!

* cheap! please excuse the spelling mistake!

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