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  • 4.0 star rating
    13/5/2010

    Plantation is an independent restaurant offering Caribbean inspired dishes. This restaurant never used to be anything worth shouting about, but within the last year it's undergone a pretty hefty transformation - and now the venue is cool, trendy and fun!

    From the outside it's pretty noticeable - with a bright blue front - and the inside has a trendy and relaxing atmosphere. Plantation also often puts on live music nights and entertainment nights, so you can go and enjoy your food with something to occupy you as well. It's worth checking out the website for upcoming stuff!

    As for the food, it's been great both times I have been here. I however have never been to the Caribbean, so I'm not sure how authentic or traditional the food is - but it's definitely tasty. I tried the evening buffet, which for £14.95 isn't cheap, but you can go back and have as much as you can. It might also be worth noting that Plantation is great at catering for both vegetarians and people with gluten allergies.

  • 2.0 star rating
    12/7/2014

    Plantation was a great disappointment ! From outside looks appealing and authentic but once inside felt cheap and tacky ! For a Friday evening the place was empty . Nothing about it had a Caribbean atmosphere , the music , decor or staff Everything was very over priced . Staff had very little knowledge of drinks or menu ! Will not be going back. !

  • 4.0 star rating
    9/12/2009

    You get what you pay for is the tired old cliché, but it is certainly true of Plantation Restaurant on Cheltenham road. I had the set buffet menu which was £19 for several smallish courses and although I was by no means fit to burst, I was pleasantly full.

    The food itself is a varied mix or Carribean dishes with things like jerk chicken and plantains.  I had fried plantain on one of my dishes, which is something I wasn't expecting to find in Bristol.

    The service is good and the atmosphere was pleasant. I would certainly recommend for the experience of trying some unusual flavours, but once you've been once it sort of loses it's novelty value. Well it has for me.

  • 4.0 star rating
    21/10/2009
    First to Review

    Only just recently refurbished and yet still half empty on a Friday night. This makes me ever such an unhappy diner, because I really, really like Plantation and I want more people to go there.

    This is the funky, modern Carribean place by the arches - stripped floorboards, spicy food, mood lighting - what more could one want?
    Utterly delish and unusual (most people pop out for a Chinese or an Indian - why not try something new?)

    We indulged in the hot tangyness and deep flavours of jerk chicken and curried goat, salt cod and fried plantains. Rich and very, very filling, but not too full up to sample the coconut pancakes with icecream - an exotic fusion and all for around £25 a head.  

    The plain walls and bright art, the smooth cocktails, the toe-tapping Bossa Nova music and they cater for meat-eaters, vegans and people with allergies too. Gert lush Caribbean food right on our doorstep in Brizzle.

  • 4.0 star rating
    8/1/2010

    The reopened Plantation is still very unfinished looking in interior; the tables and chairs appearing as if they have been cobbled together last minute.

    That said, it is all about the food and the company in Plantation, and the food is exceptional. The buffet format means that you can sample as many dishes as you want.

    Look out for upcoming events and live music nights. You're guaranteed to have a fantastic time.

  • 4.0 star rating
    9/5/2010

    Caribbean cuisine is not the usual choice for a meal out, but The Plantation is a welcomly novel addition to Cheltenham Road's parade of restaurants. Combining exotic flavours and a not unpleasantly eerily lit atmosphere, strains of reggae and jerk spices waft through the air.

    The menu features the usual staples of jerk chicken, plantain, ackee and saltfish, rice and peas. All of which are spicy, tasty and filling if not the most refined recipes.

    Good food, low prices and a delightfully strange atmosphere, just pretend it's match by a little Caribbean sunshine outside.

  • 3.0 star rating
    1/10/2013

    When I moved to Bristol I noticed this place - the bright blue signage is hard to miss - and really wanted to go. First time eating Caribbean food and it was pretty tasty though I would say a bit expensive (seems to be the general consensus). Three of my party had the buffet and I ordered a main as I am veggie - the buffet has lots of veggie options but they are more "side dishy" than a main and no jerk option :( Service for drinks was a little slow but friendly.

    The thing I loved most was the band they had on - Soul Strutters - so will definitely return here for drinks and entertainment and will probably come for food when I feel flush!

    • Qype User rossan…
    • Bristol
    • 29 friends
    • 120 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    31/1/2008

    This restaurant is just too expensive for most people. Main courses average in price at about £14. Whoa! The food is very very nice though, and the staff are friendly. There are also various Carribean theme nights happening once in a while, which are good for the ambience, but if you want to have a more affordable (and just as nice) meal, I think Tasties in St Paul's is the best place to go, at almost a third of the price.

    • Qype User maske…
    • Bristol
    • 5 friends
    • 26 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    8/1/2012

    We went here for a meal this evening and the food was very well cooked. As others here have said it is expensive for a main course but the buffet is reasonable at £19.
    The staff at the bar were friendly and welcoming and we were made to feel at home.
    Our waitress was efficient and took the order as soon as we were ready. some of our party had the buffet and others just a main course. The buffet was ready straight away but those who had a main course from the menu were waiting a long time (1/2 hour +) for it to come. One of our party helped theirself to 2 slices of bread on the buffet table and a patt of butter while they were waiting  there was no bread on our table or on the menu to order.
    The waitress came over and told them that they must not help theirself to anything on the buffet table not even the bread. So we asked for some bread and we were charged £2 for 6 slices from a french stick.
    The main courses were nice and very well cooked but not really worth the price as it was not that special really.
    To sum up I would say its ok to try once or twice but not as a regular eating place. The buffet is the best value.

    • Qype User Scarle…
    • Bristol
    • 4 friends
    • 87 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    2/3/2008

    I have to confess to being a bit disappointed with the Plantation restaurant. I'd booked it to celebrate a special birthday occassion and was promised that they'd help make it a great night. But no extra effort was made at all. The food was wonderful - beautifully presented and very tasty. Main courses were generous portions which was good, given the price. One of my friends ordered curried goat which was unacceptable when it came, but was changed quickly when the problem was pointed out. Service was a bit hit or miss and the ambience and comfort of the restaurant sucked. I wont be going again.

  • 5.0 star rating
    20/9/2012
    1 check-in

    What a cool place, restaurant and venue! We played there last week (Lynchburg-see facebook) and had a great great evening.

    • Qype User Caddi…
    • Bristol
    • 1 friend
    • 28 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    21/12/2007

    If you don't know what to have, the waiting staff seem to have lots of good suggestions. A common favourite is curried goat, and both times I have had this it has been cooked to perfection. Portions are very large, and there are plenty of interesting side dishes with which you can accompany your meal. However, it certainly isn't cheap: main courses are in the region of 12 to 18 pounds. Moreover, the bright interior, huge uncovered windows facing straight onto the street, hard floors and Ikea-inspired furniature might not be to everone's taste. Sit at the back for the cosiest ambience.

    • Qype User mirand…
    • Bristol
    • 0 friends
    • 32 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    28/12/2007

    This is worth a visit just for the exquisitely prepared plantain, although all the dishes I have tried have been wonderful. It is quite expensive but the buffet option makes it more affordable. I loved the BBQ chicken and sweet potato fries. If you are a fan of carribean food, or just fancy a change this is a must try.

    • Qype User paramo…
    • Bristol
    • 0 friends
    • 8 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    23/8/2009

    Well we went in the week, so we had this special 3 course menu. For a starter I had the saltfish fritters(saltfish is salted cod, much nicer than it sounds). It was gorgeous a truly stunning taste which was brilliant, the sauce really brings out the flavour and isn't spicy but tangy.

    For my main course, I had the ackee and mushroom (ackee fruit, looks like scrambled egg) I have had the ackee and saltfish but I personally think that the ackee and mushroom is tastier because the peppers really bring out the soft and fresh taste of the ackee.

    For my pudding, I had banana fritters with a syrup; this is the utter taste of heaven, it was the perfect taste.I would change nothing about this pudding. For those who don't like banana, they have pineapple which is nearly as delicious. The prices weren't cheap but reasonable, considering how perfect my meal was.

    • Qype User stilla…
    • Bristol
    • 4 friends
    • 67 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    20/11/2008

    I loved the Plantation although I can see why some people considered it pricey. I had the buffet set meal and that was a bit dear at £19 a head but it did include a starter and a dessert and then lots of dishes were brought to the table. There was fried plantain, curried goat, jerk chicken, rice, vegetables, vegetables with Aaci (?), and a few other things including sweet potato fries. For the price I guess I expected to have a lot of food but it was just the right amount. None of the food was greasy, in fact quite the opposite, it was all well cooked and the rice was soft and fluffy. The plantain was just delicious and the sweet potato chips were perfect and just right. I could have kept eating even when I was full. The service was discreet and consistent and that was fine because there was a large group of us. The wine was reasonably priced. The dessert was interesting - i ordered a sweet potato pudding which was vegan and tasted a lot like a slightly bland sticky toffee pudding. The ice cream that accompanied it was very tasty. I would definitely go again but as others have suggested I do expect it to be slightly more pricey than other restaurants.

    • Qype User nikdar…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 2 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    24/5/2009

    £14 for a main course?? Nowadays?? Sounds pretty reasonable to me frankly, especially if as most reviews say, the food is very good. Plus it must be quite expensive sourcing exotic ingredients like plantains on the menu. Perspective! I'll definitely try it

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