A short review this time as I think the photos say it all

On a stinking rainy Saturday afternoon, we washed up at the cosy and always inviting Root in Wapping Wharf, Bristol.  Root is not vegan, but puts the vegetable as the star of each dish and is therefore very vegan friendly and (in my opinion) the standout place to eat exciting, innovative vegan food in Bristol at the moment.

The service is exemplary. Say you are vegan and they will speed through the menu, removing items and crossing ingredients out until you have a vegan menu to choose from (normally most of the menu can be made vegan) and with small plates, you can try most of the dishes too.

The simple descriptions belie the complexity and innovation of the dishes.  Dishes come to the table as they are prepared; we ate:

Leeks with hazelnut cream, wild mushrooms 

Cauliflower, mustard seeds, butter crumb

Roasted squash, kale pesto and prune

Autumn veg bhajis

Flatbreads

Pear and apple cake with vegan cream and ice cream

Just look at these beauties below!

Each dish was simply presented but the taste combinations brought something new and exciting every time a dish appeared.  I still dream about the silky smooth richness of that hazelnut cream and who knew that prunes work so well with squash?

I’ve been a few times now and have rarely eaten the same things twice.  But it is always a delight of favours, ambience and general love of the vegetable

You need to book as the place is small and very popular.  Make the effort though and you will never be disappointed.