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Mesa – Tapas Restaurants Bristol
Tel: 0117 970 6276 / info@mesabar.co.uk
2B North View, Westbury Park, Bristol, BS6 7QB
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Restaurant review: Mesa Tapas and Bar

Jessica Hope is transported to the relaxed, cosy restaurants of Spain at Mesa Tapas and Bar, Bristol

Imagine a couple, scurrying out of a taxi into the winter air, attempting to dodge the bitterly cold wind produced from the back end of a storm.

They cross the road, and a warm, inviting glow coming from a nearby restaurant draws them in. As they open the doors to this quaint eatery, they are transported from the blustery, dark, British days to the sunny salvation of a restaurant you might find on the side streets of Madrid.

Just off the Downs – Tapas Restaurants Bristol

This is Mesa Tapas and Bar, just around the corner from The Downs.

Opened in March 2017 by chef Olly Gallery and Julian Faiello, who also run the Italian restaurant, Prego, opposite, Mesa is a take on Spanish tapas and small plates, and prides itself on its Iberian ingredients, wine and spirits.

My partner, Russell, and I had the pleasure of dining here on a Monday evening, when most restaurants all over Bristol usually see a dip in the number of diners compared to the rest of the week.

However, this wasn’t the case for Mesa – it was bustling and nearly full by 7.30pm, maybe owing to the fact that the restaurant has a 20% off deal on Mondays, but most certainly because of the high quality of the dishes being produced in such a relaxed, friendly environment.

We were greeted by front-of-house chap Danny, whose knowledge and enthusiasm for Spanish cuisine and drinks shines through.

Corpse Reviver Cocktail – Tapas Restaurants Bristol

He recommended we start by trying the Corpse Reviver cocktail, £8, which is a prohibition-style short drink of gin, Cocchi Americano, triple-sec and lemon juice.

This was a refreshing and delicate drink – surprising for the strength of the alcohol in it – and cleansed my palate.

As we perused the menu, we enjoyed nibbling on the most beautiful, large Gordal olives, marinated in house with orange, bay and fennel, and a selection of dried almonds, giant corn and broad beans with salt and paprika (which my partner has talked enthusiastically about on numerous occasions since our visit), £3.50 each.

We ordered six dishes between two to share. They dishes came out promptly, brought to the table as soon as they hit the plate.

We began by digging into a plate of aubergine fries with cumin salt and miel de caña, £4.95.

Now this is a crowd pleaser of a dish – even people who are put off by the texture of aubergine will be fans, for sure.

Having been lightly fried, the aubergine wasn’t too greasy – usually prone to absorbing oil quickly.

Incredibly Moreish – Tapas Restaurants Bristol

They were incredibly moreish, and the drizzle of miel de caña added a sweet stickiness to the dish that had us wanting more.

The next dish we delved into was slow-cooked cauliflower with coriander and spices, £4.

The delicious aroma from the dish surrounded us as the dish came to the table.

The cauliflower was soft, delicately spiced and was the perfect accompaniment to both the meat and fish dishes that next arrived from the kitchen.

The Adobo marinated chicken thighs with padron peppers and chilli yoghurt, £5.95, were succulent, smokey and with slight, golden crispy bits, adding to the deep flavour of the marinated meat.

There was a subtle heat from the Padron peppers, and the yoghurt added a creamy, cool element to the dish.

We ordered from the specials board the scallops with morcilla (a spanish-style black pudding), spiced broad beans and membrillo, £9.50.

These were by far the sweetest, juiciest scallops I have ever tasted.

Juiciest scallops I have ever tasted – Tapas Restaurants Bristol

The morcilla just fell apart, complementing the scallops with an earthy, savoury touch, and the broad bean purée cut through the sweet flavours with its light spices.

Served next was the overnight brisket with patatas a lo pobre and romesco sauce, £7.50.

The brisket melted in the mouth, while the patatas a lo pobre (made up of potatoes, green peppers and onion) soaked up the salty, savoury meat flavours.

The romesco sauce added a pop of colour to the dish, the red peppers creating a sweet contrast.

Both Russell and I agreed that if this was a main meal on its own, then this could be a hearty, comforting dish that you could enjoy in the dark of winter and would surely put a smile on your face.

Our final dish was octopus with Valencian style arrocina beans and mojo verde, £7.95.

Chef Olly tells me that his team take great care with this octopus dish as we have all experienced how unfortunate overcooked octopus can be.

However, this dish was delicate, perfectly cooked, and possibly the softest octopus I have ever tasted.

The beans had a deep flavour having soaked up the sauce, and added a different texture to the dish.

Fully satisfied with our main meal, we mopped up the remains of the dishes with some warm, fresh sourdough bread, which was served with a side of olive oil (you could certainly taste the quality of the oil), which was infused with smoky paprika, £3.

Before jumping into the dessert menu, I tried a Montenegro Spritz – a take on the popular Aperol Spritz, £7.50.

Danny makes this cocktail with Amaro Montenegro, spiced pink grapefruit and peppercorn syrup that is made in house, prosecco and topped with soda, ice and a piece of dehydrated pink grapefruit.

This is a long, refreshing drink, with a hint of spice and citrus notes – you could imagine yourself drinking this in the height of summer owing to the fruity notes, or in front of the fire at Christmas with the warm, spicy flavours.

Served with a paper straw – Tapas Restaurants Bristol

Plus, it was served with a paper straw – no wasteful plastic ones in sight, hurrah!

The drinks menu features an extensive wine list that Danny has been crafting for some time, with a variety of options of white, rosé, red and sparkling wine, the majority originating from Spain, being served by the glass and the bottle.

As you would expect from a Spanish restaurant, there is also a range of fortifieds to suit all tastes, from white port to dry sherries, served from £3.50 – £5 per 75ml glass.

Plus there’s a selection of cold lager and cider to choose from, £3 – £5.75.

We finished our meal by sharing two desserts – the frozen Crema Catalana with orange torta and caramel shards, £4.95, and the dark chocolate and salted caramel pot with crème fraîche and chocolate crumble, £4.95.

The frozen Crema Catalana, a custard similar to Crème brûlée, was beautifully presented, creamy, with subtle flavours of orange and caramel throughout – this was a light, satisfying dish to end the meal on.

While the dark chocolate and salted caramel pot was decadent and thick with a deep dark flavour that you could sink your spoon into.

The salt in the caramel enhanced the flavours, the biscuit added texture, and the crème fraîche added a light contrast to the sweetness of the dish.

Fighting for the last spoonful – Tapas Restaurants Bristol

We were left fighting for the last spoonful, with Russell scraping the bowl.

We ended the night with two glasses of deep Pedro Ximenez sherry, £5, and El Castaño Monastrell dessert wine, £5.50, which was simply like drinking a good jam – if you’re too full for a dessert, then just a glass of this will be a sweet way to finish the meal.

As we sat back, relaxing in our booth, Russell exclaimed that this was by far the best tapas he’s ever enjoyed.

While the chefs and bar staff use plenty of Spanish ingredients to create authentic Mediterranean flavours, you can tell the meat and fish come from the butchers and fishmongers from literally down the road, and the veg is supplied by a greengrocers round the corner in Henleaze.

The food is fresh and authentic, the decor cosy and casual, and the service is friendly and attentive.

As we look around the room, there are people eating on their own, mothers and daughters, groups of friends catching up, as well as couples enjoying a date night.

Everyone can enjoy – Tapas Restaurants Bristol

It seems like it’s a place that everyone can enjoy and have a relaxed evening out.

Although the restaurant is outside of the city centre restaurant scene, it is usually packed out on Friday and Saturday nights – so booking at least two weeks in advance is advised.

And getting a taxi to and from Mesa is definitely recommended – you won’t be able to resist the delicious range of cocktails, wines and beers on offer.

The prices for dishes are very reasonable, something that chef Olly wanted to keep quite low in order to appeal to everyone wanting good quality, Spanish cuisine.

Vegetable tapas dishes are from £3.50 – £5.50 each, fish £4.95 – £7.95 and meat dishes £4.50 – £7.50. The desserts are from £3.95 – £4.95.

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Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

Highs and lows

3 Star Review for Mesa – Tapas Restaurants Bristol – DragonIIIGlasgow

The highs: the high quality furnishings and relaxing mood lighting, the simple but scrumptious bread and oil, the piping hot fish croquettes, the Estrella beer, and the other middle-class clients who made for a pleasant atmosphere (no carousing, shrieking or whatever).

The lows: the fact it took 10 minutes for our order to be taken, the fact one of our starters was forgotten, the chunky British chips which stuck out like a sore thumb, and the somewhat cool service.

In all, some flourishes but equally some faux pas, but I trust that these are teething troubles for what is surely a useful amenity in this quiet corner of Bristol.

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Tel: 0117 970 6276 / info@mesabar.co.uk
2B North View, Westbury Park, Bristol, BS6 7QB
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Reviewed 13 April 2017

A fun evening

4 Star Review for Mesa – Tapas Restaurants Bristol – Stewart G, Bristol

Four of us enjoyed a good quality tapas meal.

The service was excellent- unhurried, interested and knowledgeable.

A broad and interesting variety of food and drink.

Something for everybody.

The portion sizes were ok but each dish was really tasty and nicely presented.

It was lively and fairly noisy but if you wanted quiet fine dining you wouldn’t go to a tapas bar.

It is quite expensive.

If I had a “good” category between average and very good I would have clicked on that.

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Tel: 0117 970 6276 / info@mesabar.co.uk
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Reviewed 10 May 2017 via mobile

Really nice environment but not much food selection

5 Star Review for Mesa – Tapas Restaurants Bristol – Sunnnytraveller, Bristol

I came here with some friends to celebrate our joint birthdays.

The atmosphere and decor is lovely, the tapas dishes tasted nice but weren’t anything special we had 5-6 plates between us and felt it was quite expensive for the tapas style of meal that it was.

Lovely location and good customer service though.

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Sensational Food

5 Star Review for Mesa – Tapas Restaurants Bristol – TheOExpress, Hong Kong

“This is now my favourite restaurant in Bristol.

The slow cooked cauliflower with spices and the steak with mushrooms and creamy potatoes (on the specials board) were two of the tastiest things I’ve ever eaten, anywhere.

And even without those, the tortilla, the prawns and the halloumi slaw were all of the very highest quality.

Service is also first rate and, for the standard of food on offer, the prices are a steal.

A truly outstanding dining experience!”

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Excellent!!!!

5 Star Review for Mesa – Tapas Restaurants Bristol – MikelinaLaRomana, Roma

This place is wonderful, it is a friendly place where to spend a nice night with friends! A good service and an excellent food!! Food is an explosion of flavour! Patatas gratinatas and entre cote cooked perfectly! Never ate before that tipe of potatos!! Compliments to chef! Prices are fair!

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Great service, lovely decor and atmosphere

4 Star Review for Mesa – Tapas Restaurants Bristol – LKC082013, Monmouthshire

This is a new restaurant, owned and ran by the owners of the previous restaurant on this site, Manna, and also the Italian restaurant across the road, Prego.

Highlights: service was excellent, with the staff both knowledgeable and very friendly. The decoration of the place was also very classy and subdued, with some quiet cool background music. The food was reasonably priced (especially with the pre-6:30 20% discount). Good selection of beers and wine.

The food itself was ok. Good chicken and huge well flavoured olives. Average chorizo. Below par Patatas Bravas (salty yet tasteless with little sauce), and an octopus and baked bean dish that tasted a bit of antiseptic. All of the dishes were very salty.

That said, I would go again and would recommend it to others. Hopefully the food will improve as time goes on.

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Lovely early evening drinks and nibbles

5 Star Review for Mesa – Tapas Restaurants Bristol – Lynn P, Torquay

We popped in for a quiet drink after work and were not disappointed.

Lovely wine sold by carafe with beautiful sour dough bread and juicy olives (best I’ve had for a while).

Such a lovely little place – thoroughly enjoyed our brief visit.

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Lovely lovely eve

5 Star Review for Mesa – Tapas Restaurants Bristol – sammorey, Bristol

Lovely personal service, great early eve buzzing atmosphere and the tapas we ordered were all delicious and meant we ordered more.

Really recommend.

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Fantastic and original

5 Star Review for Mesa – Tapas Restaurants Bristol – Alibabar85, Bristol

This place is a gem!

From the moment we walked through the door we knew we were onto a winner.

The relaxed decor and ambience makes you feel at home instantly.

The staff are welcoming, yet allow you to take your time.

The menu of food and drinks is brilliantly varied.

Food wise, we could not fault it. Traditional dishes of tapas; a brilliant selection of vegetarian, meat and fish.

So authentic you could be mistaken that you were eating them in a taverna in Spain (if not for the British weather).

Great value, take you time; most of all… enjoy.

Definitely worth a visit!

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Very nice surprise

4 Star Review for Mesa – Tapas Restaurants Bristol – l-globetrotter, London

We normally go to Prego across the road if we go to this area after work, but this time felt adventurous and dropped in here.

What a pleasant surprise! The service was great, the setting pleasant and the food very very decent.

It may not be owned by Spaniards, or be crazy authentic, but they sure would give Spain run for its money.

Aubergine “chips” were excellent with cumin salt, beetroot type dip with walnuts and goat cheese excellent, gambas very good, as were pimentos del padron.

Decent selection of wines by the glass. Best of all very good value for money.

We will definitely be back and bring friends.

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Fabulous food and service – Tapas Restaurants Bristol

5 Star Review for Mesa – Tapas Restaurants Bristol – Judewalker2013, Bristol

Everything about this place is spot on.

From the cocktail and spiced nuts through to the never tasted before desserts we were in food heaven.

Hard to define the food, but it’s beyond tapas in the range of spices and flavours used so skilfully.

Been twice already and will be back regularly now I’ve found this local gem.

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Excellent food and very good service – Tapas Restaurants Bristol

5 Star Review for Mesa – Tapas Restaurants Bristol – Owen M, Bristol

Very nice layout for social dining.

The dishes I had had a lovely balance of flavours and you could tell they’d even thought about the textures of the food.

Very good quality for the price.

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Variable quality – some excellent dishes, others disappointing

3 Star Review for Mesa – Tapas Restaurants Bristol – Owen M, Bristol

Very friendly and helpful staff and excellent service – faultless in that department.

The feel of the place is lovely and, I’m sure on busier days the atmosphere is great.

The food was unfortunately slightly disappointing; the patatas bravas were undercooked and cauliflower was mush.

However, the chorizo and chicken thighs were good.

A bit of a mixed bag.

House red was pleasant and they have a good range of cocktails.

With so much competition around for tapas in Bristol I feel somewhere which is relatively pricey overall cannot get patatas bravas wrong and retain custom which is a shame because the overall feel of the place was great.

Meal for 2 plus a drink each (no desserts) ~£40

 

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Average

3 Star Review for Mesa – Tapas Restaurants Bristol – jerseyman1, Jersey

Had a wide selection of dishes early on a Saturday night.

Mixed staff, some very friendly and helpful, others short and terse.

Food a bit bland and not cheap for quantity and quality provided.

Modest portions of octopus, chicken wings and pepper and chorizo.

Patatas bravas particularly bland.

Anchovies not bad.

Mixed nut appetiser oversold.

Delicious olive oil with average bread.

 

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Really nice environment but not much food selection

5 Star Review for Mesa – Tapas Restaurants Bristol – Sunnnytraveller, Bristol

I came here with some friends to celebrate our joint birthdays.

The atmosphere and decor is lovely, the tapas dishes tasted nice but weren’t anything special we had 5-6 plates between us and felt it was quite expensive for the tapas style of meal that it was.

Lovely location and good customer service though.

 

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2B North View, Westbury Park, Bristol, BS6 7QB
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Fabulous Staff & Food

5 Star Review for Mesa – Tapas Restaurants Bristol – HKABristol, Bristol

My husband and I visited this lovely Tapas bar last week for our anniversary.

The staff were exceptional and really made our evening and us feel special enhancing our celebration.

We enjoyed some great tasty dishes, wine and cocktails.

Would definitely be going back whenever we need that little extra to make a nice evening great.

 

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