Wednesday, 30 May 2018

dinner at box-e.

Dinner Box-E Bristol Wapping Wharf Cargo shipping container restaurant Elliott Lidstone being little food blog blogger review heritage beetroot goats curd preserved lemon

We are totally spoilt in Bristol with wonderful places to eat and drink. I go out quite a lot - I think it's my favourite hobby - but realised I haven't shared many of my favourites over here much recently! It's time to rectify that, starting with the amazing Box-E

It took me a while to actually get there, after drooling over photos on their (and everyone else's) Instagram. There was something about it - I couldn't put my finger on it. I think it was the simplicity of it all. The heart of it was simply a passion for food. 

Oh, and the pannacotta. 


Elliott's pannacottas swiftly became infamous - I dreamed about them, and I wasn't disappointed when I finally had one in December last year. 

More on that later. 


I headed back to Box-E one rainy evening with a couple of friends, and it was even better than the first time. We sat in the cosy 14-seat restaurant and ordered some drinks, all tasting a sip of each other's. Will's gin was the prettiest, with a slice of beetroot in it! As always, we were brought homemade bread and butter while we browsed the menu.

To start, I had heritage beetroot, goats' curd & preserved lemon (pictured above). I really love beetroot, and this tasted as fresh as it looked. The colourful beets were sweet and earthy, with the lemon cutting through the soft, smooth curd. A very good start.

We were lucky enough to have a little extra plate of the asparagus, hazelnut & bottarga each too. The stalks were perfectly tender, with a citrussy, nutty accompaniment. I wouldn't have thought of this combination, but it worked so well. I could've happily eaten more! 

Dinner Box-E Bristol Wapping Wharf Cargo shipping container restaurant Elliott Lidstone being little food blog blogger review gin tonic beetroot
Dinner Box-E Bristol Wapping Wharf Cargo shipping container restaurant Elliott Lidstone being little food blog blogger review asparagus hazelnut bottarga
Dinner Box-E Bristol Wapping Wharf Cargo shipping container restaurant Elliott Lidstone being little food blog blogger review salt marsh pink lamb freekah radicchio

For my main I chose rump of salt marsh lamb, freekah and charred radicchio, and the others had the hake with jersey royals and seaweed butter (I didn't take a photo of that, but they let me try some and it was wonderful - flaky and buttery, and it tasted of the sea, in a good way).

The lamb came gorgeously pink, sliced and placed upon freekah and some kind of delicious green stuff. The charred radicchio on top was very tasty - almost nutty - and I wish there had been more! The meat was so soft and flavourful. 


When the last course came around, I knew exactly what I wanted - that pannacotta. 

I decided to go for double rhubarb - I drank a rhubarb gin fizz, alongside my vanilla pannacotta with poached rhubarb and candied almonds. 


Oh. My. Life. 


Honestly, this was absolutely the best pannacotta I've ever had, and possibly my favourite dessert ever. The one I had on a previous visit was great, but this was a whole new level. It was tempting to order another as soon as I'd finished, and if I hadn't been so full, I probably would have. I want to eat it forever. I could drown in it. 

I'm pretty sure I'll be back for another gin fizz & pannacotta double rhubarb hit sometime soon! 


Dinner Box-E Bristol Wapping Wharf Cargo shipping container restaurant Elliott Lidstone being little food blog blogger review rhubarb gin fizz
Dinner Box-E Bristol Wapping Wharf Cargo shipping container restaurant Elliott Lidstone being little food blog blogger review rhubarb pannacotta candied almonds

Oh, and just in case you wondered what I ate on my first visit, here are a few photos. I can't remember exactly what we had, and some of the photos didn't turn out great, but below are the mains and a dessert.

I think the top is roasted cauliflower, with pickled cauliflower and possibly cauliflower puree.. I had fish with chorizo and butter beans. Then that pannacotta again, with pistachio and orange. Sam had the incredible chocolate mousse, which is only a fraction behind the panncotta in the dessert stakes. All absolutely amazing, of course.


Something I really love about this place is how special the food is, and how much thought, time and care goes into it. It's totally unpretentious too - the atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming, and everyone who works there is really friendly and helpful.

If you're in Bristol (and even if you're not - it's worth travelling for!) you must book in soon to try Elliott's delicious food for yourself. 


Dinner Box-E Bristol Wapping Wharf Cargo shipping container restaurant Elliott Lidstone being little food blog blogger review roast cauliflower puree pickled
Dinner Box-E Bristol Wapping Wharf Cargo shipping container restaurant Elliott Lidstone being little food blog blogger review fish chorizo butter beans
Dinner Box-E Bristol Wapping Wharf Cargo shipping container restaurant Elliott Lidstone being little food blog blogger review pistachio orange pannacotta

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