Friday, 19 October 2007

England, Bristol

Orange and Almond cake from Boston Tea Party
Boston Tea Party
From Park Street to Whiteladies Road, to Princess Victoria Street in Clifton Village, Boston Tea Party certainly attracts a loyal crowd of students, scrummy mummy's and Clifton-ites.

Here you will find at the moment a gorgeously tasty and moist orange and almond cake. They usually do a sacher torte, but it has disappeared just for the moment. Their soya latte and soya chai tea latte and both are fair trade and nicely made.

I need to find out the exact ingredients as it is a very moist and quite dense. The cake is very sweet, but does go very nicely with strong coffee. I have now had two take out pieces of cake from Boston. I popped in to Princess Victoria on Friday and grabbed a piece of this and a piece of their non-gluten free cake for a friend. When visiting my friends I always bring something to have with coffee.

The Boston Tea Party is open late - usually 8:00pm during the week, so it makes for a good place for a post work catch up with friends.

Dashi, Temple Meads Train Station and Bath Spa Train Station
My train trips from Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington will be so much more enjoyable now that I have added Dashi onto my foodie stops.

Like Boston Tea Party, Dashi is locally owned and managed and that way they can keep their prices to a minimum. Dashi makes their own sushi fresh from scratch every day, and their chai tea latte is made with a fair trade organic liquid. I've read the ingredients and there is not an ounce of glucose syrup in sight.

Now, back to the sushi which is by far better than Yo Sushi at London's Paddington Station, and is also much better than Budokan's half hearted attempt at over priced sushi. (Budokan has two locations in Bristol, and while there are a few plus sides to this restaurant, they do very poor sushi and the service is appalling and half hearted like the sushi). The nigiri rolls are thick and bursting with salmon, tuna and cucumber and bean curd. There are four, six and eight pieces in each box.

I had the pleasure of being greeted and served by the owner who is really friendly and passionate about her products and her travels. She told me that she tastes all teas before she buys them into the shop. This is the first place I have seen Rooibos Tea from South Africa on the menu.

Bar Chocolate, 19 The Mall, Clifton Village, Bristol, BS8 4JG. T: 0117 9747000
(with other location in Bath and Birmingham)

Bar Chocolate is without doubt all about good chocolate.

James Hutchins knows the art of the true chocolatier. He is the owner and the creator of this bespoke intimate cafe which sits perfectly on the corner of the Mall in fashionable Clifton.

Individually wrapped milk, dark or white chocolate adorn the counter, and then there are the different mixes of chocolate with organge, chilli, and other wild and tempting flavours. Of course there is coffee and hot chocolate, ice chocolate, and anything else that boasts this indulgent treat. And they do Soya Milk!

In amongst the glass cake counter you will find Bar Chocolate's GF rich Chocolate Orange Truffle cake. This is made on ground almonds and these flavours just melt in your mouth. If it wasn't for me concentrating on my conversation with Claire, I certainly would have blissfully drifted into my own private chocolate heaven.

Chocolate Orange Truffle Cake is waiting for you at Bar Chocolate