Cheltenham’s vibrant international dining scene offers the opportunity to travel around the world without leaving the city.
Promising to transport the taste buds across the Middle East, India, Asia and back to mainland Europe, SoGlos has gathered 14 international restaurants to feast on in Cheltenham. And they are all independent …
1. Sri Lankan cuisine at Coconut Tree
SGGLA Restaurant of the Year 2020, The Coconut Tree offers a vibrant setting, fun service and plenty of ‘cocotails’ in the Cheltenham area of St Paul. The Sri Lankan street food menu encompasses coconut sambal, kotthu, and traditional egg hoppers. And there’s plenty of choice for veg and veg too – the cheese columbo is a must.
2. Japanese cuisine at KIBOUsushi
In addition to its utterly elegant decor, the Japanese restaurant KIBOUsushi on Regent Street in Cheltenham will also impress with its delicious menu – featuring freshly rolled sushi; gyoza balls; hearty ramen bowls; Japanese fried chicken; and maybe the best katsu curry in town. The selection of Japanese whiskey is also impressive.
2. Chinese cuisine at 288 Bar and Wok
Inspired by Hong Kong noodle bars, 288 Bar and Wok serves Chinese cuisine in a relaxed setting. Highlights include crispy aromatic duck and pancakes, spicy Singaporean fried noodles, or an option to build your own big plate – with a choice of meat, shrimp, or tofu; noodles or rice; and everything from sweet and sour sauce to Chinese curry.
4. Thai cuisine at The Vine
Not what you would expect from a traditional looking Victorian pub on Cheltenham’s Upper Street, the chefs at The Vine cook top-notch Thai food, including entrees like fiery tom yum soup, with main courses including red duck curry, pad thai and chilli and basil. fry. Sweetcorn fritters are a must.
5. Indian cuisine in Bombay and Co
From Mumbai to Cheltenham, Bombay and Co., a family-owned business, cooks the kind of Indian street food owners remember from childhood at their low street restaurant. From grilled Bombay masala sandwich and dosa, to railroad goat curry and butter chicken, the menu offers an authentic dining experience with spices imported straight from Mumbai.
6. Spanish cuisine at Bar Padrón
Let yourself be transported to sweet Spain at Bar Padrón on Regent Street in Cheltenham with delicious tapas dishes like patatas bravas; croquetas of jamon; prawns pil pil and crispy pork ribs almost too good to share. Serve with a jug of sangria – salud!
7. Turkish cuisine at Istanbul Kitchen
Offering Turkish specialties like Anatolian lamb shank and Ottoman-inspired Imam Bayildi, made with whole stuffed eggplant, as well as favorite dishes like falafel and shish kebabs, head to Istanbul Kitchen on Winchcombe Street in Cheltenham for a popular taste of Turkey.
8. French cuisine at Petit Coco Bistro
With the relaxed French farmhouse vibe in the heart of Cheltenham and a good reputation among locals, diners at Petit Coco Bistro’s cozy basement restaurant can expect to taste quintessentially French dishes like baked camembert ; fish of the day; duck breast; coq au vin and – always irresistible – crème brûlée.
9. Italian cuisine in Nasprias
Located in the Fairview district of Cheltenham, Sardinian pizzeria Nasprías uses ingredients imported from Italy alongside local produce for its tasty pizza, available by the slice. Growing a cult following among Cheltenham’s pizza aficionados, the fresh dough is made daily, with a menu that includes a classic margherita, vegan options, and weekly specials like salame Milano and arugula.
10. Mediterranean cuisine at the Daphne restaurant
The family-run Daphne in Cheltenham town center prepares a wide range of Mediterranean dishes from Turkish treats like dolma; borek and kofta, with seafood risotto; Shakshuka; and Mediterranean salad. It also hosts Turkish themed evenings with belly dancing.
11. Malaysian cuisine at Siam Smile
Located in The Suffolks district of Cheltenham, Siam Smile offers a fusion of Malaysian and Thai cuisine with plenty of mouthwatering Southeast Asian options. Enjoy steamed dumplings or Malaysian curry puffs for starters, with main courses including rendang and laksa curry, nasi goreng, and grilled specialties such as weeping tiger fillet with a spicy sauce.
12. Mexican cuisine at Paparrito
Feast on hassle-free food at Paparrito’s Mexican Canteen on Cheltenham’s High Street, which creates bespoke burritos, tacos or salads with a choice of grilled chicken; Braised pork; grilled beef or roasted vegetables, plus loads of toppings ranging from rice and beans, to guacamole and salsa.
12. Middle Eastern cuisine at Falafel King
Get your Middle Eastern fix at Cheltenham’s no-frills Falafel King on Upper Street. Offer pittas, wraps and even falafel burgers to eat in or take out – top them with halloumi, feta or goat cheese, salad and plenty of sides.
13. Korean cuisine with ginger and garlic
Fluffy Korean buns, hot bulgogi pots with bibimbap, ginger and garlic bring the authentic flavors of Korea to Cheltenham’s High Street. As well as offering a Korean barbecue menu that’s perfect for sharing, there’s also a karaoke room that’s perfect for private parties.
By Chloe Gorman
Monday, May 17, 2021