Nutmeg is relatively new to the Clifton dining scene, having opened in October 2016. Their menu is inspired by the owner’s travels across India and the country’s complex culinary history. Head chef Arvind Pawar has created a menu that combines classic Indian food with Persian, Portuguese and British influences.
We were really impressed with the food – well spiced, interesting and most importantly, delicious. The menu showcases the length and breadth of Indian cuisine by telling you where each dish comes from. Expect unusual options like Dumhandi Chicken Korma from Hyderabad and Keralan Sea Biriyani (king prawns, monkfish, scallops and mussels) cooked in a traditional sealed pot, sitting alongside classics such as Kashmiri Lamb Rogan Josh and Saag Paneer from Haryana. Oh, and do keep room for a cocktail or two – they were delicious!
Nutmeg work hard to source their ingredients locally. In fact, you could say hyper-locally as their butchers of choice, Ruby & White, is less than a mile from the restaurant. They source their fish from Charles Saunders (a Bristolian company that has been in business for over 100 years) and get their vegetables and grains from Bristol Sweet Mart.
If you’re looking for something a little more special than a Saturday night balti, and want to eat authentic Indian food, we can wholeheartedly recommend Nutmeg. Prices are a little higher than your average curry house, but then this isn’t an average curry house.
By Alex Ryder, Bristol editor