New to the city and fancy a takeaway, but no idea where to begin? Look no further! I’ve used my extensive experience of Bristolian takeaways to compile a list of the tastiest cheap eats the city has to offer.
Despite its name, it’s the pizzas at Grecian’s that make it deserving of the top spot. In contrast to the tasteless, thick-based stuff that chains seem to dish out these days, a Grecian comes with a thin base, plenty of topping and a satisfying layer of grease. For a fiver you can choose from one of the 15 or so options on the board (or design your own) and you get free chips or garlic bread and a free beer to wash it down with. The only downside is that they don’t do delivery, but so long as you live locally the walk is definitely worth it.
2. The One Stop Thali Café. From £4-8
If you can’t be bothered to cook but don’t want to blow 1000 calories in one meal, a thali is the way to go. For £8 you can have a tiffin filled with the curry of your choice (including vegetarian and vegan options), along with basmati rice, tarka dahl and vegetable subji. A tiffin’s worth of food will easily feed two people, but for those with a healthy appetite the corner shop a few doors down has packets of chapatis for 70p which come with my recommendation. All the dishes included are absolutely delicious, but don’t just take my word for it: the Thali Café has won an impressive number of awards over the last few years including ‘Best Cheap Eat’ in the Observer Food Awards 2010. Again this is a collection only takeaway, but with branches in Montpelier, Clifton, Easton and Totterdown there’s a fair chance that you won’t have far to travel.
- Ciao Burger. From £2.55 (lunch)/£3.10 (evening)
Ciao Burger offers a similar range of food to its global counterparts, only of a much higher quality. The burgers here actually look more like those in the McDonald’s adverts than McDonald’s do…! Aside from the food, the coolest thing about this place is the décor: the walls are plastered from floor to ceiling with posters for every upcoming night in Bristol, giving you something the chance to peruse the flyers and plan your next night out whilst waitingyou’re your food, rather than staring blankly at the wall… Even better, you can find vouchers for discounts on their website.
4. China Capital. From £4
Easily the best Chinese takeaway in North Bristol, if not the entire city! China Capital offers a wide selection of tasty food, and with pretty generous portion sizes for such a cheap price. It’s a very popular choice so delivery times can vary hugely depending on the day, but it’s worth the wait.
Written by Lucy, Bristol