Dinner at The Curious Kitchen at The Aztec Hotel & Spa, Bristol

The Curious Kitchen is a new restaurant at the Aztec Hotel & Spa in Bristol. The menu changes four times each year to make sure that the most fresh and seasonal ingredients are used to create delicious and innovative dishes. To celebrate their new menu and restaurant, we were kindly invited down to try it out.

With a vast cocktail menu, we started with a pornstar martini and a passion fruit mojito to kick off the evening. Both were the perfect thirst-quenchers, the pornstar martini being our favourite as it was a little sweeter.🍹 

As a starter we had the confit heritage tomato, mozzarella and chimichurri 🍅. [£7.50]

The dish was beautifully presented with lots of bright colours. It had a smoky flavour which was really fresh and the ingredients tied in nicely. 

We also had the tempura hand-dived scallops with Indian spices, mango and coriander 🥭🐚. [£9.50]

This dish was incredible! The batter was super light and the scallops melted in your mouth. The mango salsa that it came with was really juicy, fresh and complemented the savoury nature of the scallops perfectly. 

Moving onto our mains, we had the pan-fried tiger prawn linguine with chilli, roasted shallots and garlic 🍝🦐. [£18.95] 

The pasta was served al dente (as it should be) - yay! It wasn't in any 'sauce', but it wasn't necessary as it was buttery, garlicky and delicious. It had just the right amount of flavouring which went well with the prawns. You got a great amount of prawns which were large in size, however overall it's still quite pricy. 

We also had the smoked paprika monkfish on the bone with charred buttermilk hispi and bitter lemon 🐟🍋. [£21]

Wow! This monkfish was incredible. It was really meaty and we loved the smoky-sweet taste from the smoked paprika. It's not a massive piece of fish, but it's a decent main course size. 

We also ordered a size of ratte potatoes with lemon, rapeseed and parsley which were piping hot, buttery and a great accompaniment for the fish 🥔. [£4.50]

As our desserts, we went for an elderflower pannacotta with strawberry sorbet 🍮🍓. [£7.50] 

This was our favourite dessert! The pannacotta was really light, creamy and we loved the aftertaste from the elderflower which was almost bitter. The sweetness from the sorbet complemented it well. 

We also had the chocolate, caramel and hazelnut entremet 🍫. [£8]

This was yet again another incredible dessert. It was really rich so we couldn't finish it after all the other food, but the hazelnut and chocolate flavours went together perfectly (obviously). The little gold leaf on top was a cute addition.

🌟 The interiors are light, airy and modern. It's wonderfully furnished, and we loved the hot air balloons on the wall which you can often see in Bristol's skyline.

🤵🏻 The staff are super friendly and helpful from the outset. 

💰 ££-£££. It's on the more expensive side, but this is reflected in the quality and taste of food. A lot of passion goes into it and there is a good selection on the menu without it being overwhelming. We would highly recommend it. 

Disclaimer: Bath Eats was invited to The Curious Kitchen on a complimentary basis [via Socialight] in exchange for an honest review to be posted on our social media channels. All opinions expressed herein are our own and have not been influenced by the company and/or its affiliates in any way.