“Britain was a major player in the transatlantic slave trade. British ships carried 2,600,000 enslaved Africans in the 18th century to the Caribbean and the Americas. London was the leading British slaving port in the 17th century, with control over the trade until 1698. Bristol overtook London in the 1730s, and Liverpool overtook Bristol in the 1740s. ” (1)
I know, I know, I meant to write a restaurant review, and I cannot avoid becoming historical and all.
Driving a V8 Aston Martin Vantage, the trip to Bristol cannot be tiring. As a matter of fact, you don’t want it to end.
“Powered by the lightweight, compact 4.7ltr engine, V8 Vantage delivers a broad spread of effortless, exploitable performance. Mounted low and as far back in the chassis as possible Vantage’s centre of gravity is close to the road for supreme balance and handling. Producing 426PS of peak power and 470Nm of torque, V8 Vantage sprints from 0-62mph in just 4.9secs.” (2)
I know, I know, this is meant to be a restaurant review, and I am starting to rant about cars. (Thank you Santa Claus).
I visited Bristol in November 2013, because my cousin was at the University of Bristol until December. On the occasion we went to have lunch at Wilks Restaurant, some 20 minutes walk from city centre.
I know, I know, this is not meant to be anything but a restaurant review, not my family and its members.
In any case, it is immaterial how we actually made it to the restaurant. But we made it, and we were one minute early! So we went in.
The amuse bouche was goat creamy cheese and an onion concoction with olives and sardines. Botht asty, but the goat cheese was the winner.
Scallops from the Atlantic Oceaan. Fresh and perfectly cooked.
Truffle Risotto. Tasty and creamy!
Wild turbot fillet ~ parmesan gnocchi, artichokes & saute of fresh chanterelles, wild mushroom emulsion.
Dry aged west country beef sirloin ~ caramelised onions, trompettes & spinach, black garlic & red wine jus
A selection of Cheeses to finish the meal.
Wilks is a relatively new restaurant, one year old. But they are on the right track to achieve a lot.
I liked the food, the service, the value for money ratio.
It did not come to me as a surprise that they have already received their first Michelin Star. More could be on their way.
On our way back to the city center, we had the opportunity to enjoy some of the famous Bristol Street Art.
It is time to get back to London. The beautiful V8 Vantage is patiently waiting to deliver effortless performance. Lets hit the road baby!
And thank you Wilks, thank you JM!
1. Portcities Bristol
2. Aston Martin