Aluna Bar and Restaurant – Bristol

As you walk towards the busy Bristol Waterfront, opposite the fountains and the Bristol Hippodrome you will find Aluna. A Bar and Restaurant priding themselves on providing a truly unique experience. We headed to the Bar Entrance and were met with a thriving yet relaxed atmosphere. It seemed the perfect place to let off steam from a manic week.

We were shown through to our cosy table, tucked away in the corner of the restaurant. I honestly couldn’t get over the gorgeous, unusual design of Aluna. I was definitely taking tips for my own interiors. The velvet seats were so comfortable and the lighting was perfect, giving it that much needed relaxed atmosphere. The walls are filled with copper/golden mirrors and old-fashioned prints. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before so it’s hard to describe. You’ll just have to go and see for yourself.

Aluna Bristol Review

Aluna Bristol Review

Aluna Bristol Review

After reading through the extensive menu we settled on our first drinks. Sam had the Lava Lamp, an orange based cocktail and I went for the Raspberry Sling from the Mocktail menu. The mixologists really live up to their name of ‘Social Scientists’. Sam’s Lava Lamp cocktail arrived bubbling away, like its name would suggest, and stayed that way for a good 15 minutes. Absolutely fascinating to someone like me that doesn’t have a clue how these things work. My Raspberry Sling was divine, it was a sweet, but mildly bitter homemade lemonade.

Whilst we were enjoying our cocktails, we browsed the menu and decided on our food. There was a vast menu, with things from pasta dishes, to burgers, to Thai curry and Lobster to choose from. There was plenty of choice on the Asian and European inspired menu. Even for a fussy vegetarian like myself. I chose the Bruschetta Pomadoro to start and Sam had Nachos topped with chicken. Although I was tempted to ask for a vegetarian version of the Nachos which I’m sure they would have done but I always get Nachos so I thought I’d try something different. I was pleased I did, the Bruschetta was lovely, a perfect combination of flavours with the tomatoes, rocket and olive oil. But I must say the couple of Nachos I stole from Sam’s plate were pretty good too.

Aluna Bristol Review

Aluna Bristol Review

For our mains, I had a tough choice between the Thai Vegetable Curry and the Jerk Vegetable Wrap. I chose the latter but swapped my chips for sweet potato fries [of course]. Sam had the Aluna Burger but was tempted by the Lobster. My wrap was thoroughly enjoyable considering some of the fillings were those that I wouldn’t usually go for, such as courgettes and olives. The only thing I would say is that it wasn’t very spicy, which is ideal if you’re not too keen on spicy foods. But I would have liked a bit more of a kick to mine. The sweet potato fries were divine, they made the meal for me.

Aluna Bristol Review

Aluna Bristol Review

We were both absolutely stuffed, but in true us style, we couldn’t resist dessert. Especially where chocolate brownies and cheesecake are concerned. Sam and I are almost identical with our dessert choices which is strange considering we’re polar opposites when it comes to most other foods. Both cheesecake and chocolate brownie are our favourites so we just had to order both and go halves on each. And oh my they were gorgeous.  My mouth is watering thinking of that chocolate brownie, absolutely delicious, melt in the mouth, rich chocolate. But if I thought that was dreamy, the cheesecake was even better. A perfect creamy cheesecake, with the perfect crunchy base and a bittersweet mango topping.

It was time for one last cocktail before heading home. Sam wanted to try the Aluna Secret Concoction as he was told this one was set on fire. I had the Mixed Berry Mojito, again from the Mocktails menu. Honestly who needs alcohol when the mocktails taste this divine? The Aluna Secret Concoction lived up to expectations and filled the restaurant with fire as it was bought over to our table. I tried to get a photo but it all happened so quickly. This one smelt of roasted marshmallows and tasted like strawberry milkshake apparently. Different to any cocktail Sam had ever had before, he was really fond of this one.

One of the main things worth noting about Aluna is the price. Aluna has the looks and feels of quite a luxury restaurant. The atmosphere is wonderful – despite it being Saturday night, their busiest time of the week, we were really able to sit back and relax. And the staff were second to none. All of this considered, I was more than impressed with the prices at Aluna. My wrap was only £9.95 and Sam’s burger was £11.95. Desserts started from £4.95 and starters the same. They even have a 2-course lunch menu for just £9.95 so I’ll definitely be going back to try some of the other things on the menu.

Have you eaten at Aluna before? Would you pick any of the foods/drinks we tried?

Until next time,

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22 Comments

    • Ami
      3rd August 2017 / 11:09 am

      It really was lovely. Especially the desserts. Such good value too. I’d love to hear what you think if you do pop in at some point.

      Ami xxx

  1. 2nd August 2017 / 6:28 pm

    I’ve not been to Bristol before, so sadly never been here either. That berry mojito looks amazing!
    xx

    • Ami
      3rd August 2017 / 11:06 am

      You’ll have to visit if you get a chance. It’s my home city so I often take it for granted but it really is beautiful.

      Ami xxx

  2. 2nd August 2017 / 8:05 pm

    I wouldn’t be able to choose from the brownie and the cheesecake both look divine. I would happily eat here.

    • Ami
      3rd August 2017 / 11:05 am

      Nope I couldn’t either which is why I had a bit of both hehe!

      Ami xxx

  3. 3rd August 2017 / 8:44 am

    Sounds like a great restaurant and it’s so nice when there’s enough choice, especially for veggies x

    • Ami
      3rd August 2017 / 11:04 am

      I’m always pleased when there’s lots of choice for fussy old me. I can’t wait to go back now to try the other things on the menu!

      Ami xxx

  4. Sarah Bella
    3rd August 2017 / 10:21 am

    The Aluna Bar and Restaurant sounds amazing! The food looks and sounds amazing, especially the raspberry mocktail! Yum! I’d like to try the jerk vegetable wrap 😀 Great post, thank you for sharing. x

    • Ami
      3rd August 2017 / 11:02 am

      It really was. I was so full afterwards. No problem, thank you for your comment!

      Ami xxx

  5. 3rd August 2017 / 11:03 am

    Ahh I could do with a night like this myself, the food and drinks look fabulous.

    • Ami
      3rd August 2017 / 11:10 am

      It was definitely much needed. I’m looking forward to going back again soon.

      Ami xxx

  6. 3rd August 2017 / 8:53 pm

    You cannot beat a night of good food, even better drinks & this place looks perfect! xo

    • Ami
      7th August 2017 / 9:18 am

      Exactly. It really was such a relaxing evening. My Raspberry Sling was gorgeous. As was the food.

      Ami xxx

  7. 4th August 2017 / 12:48 am

    The chocolate brownie looks perfect. The way you described it makes me crave for it. I should try this.

    • Ami
      7th August 2017 / 9:56 am

      It was absolutely delicious. Definitely try it if you’re ever in Bristol.

      Ami xxx

  8. 4th August 2017 / 10:11 pm

    This food looks incredible! I would love a nice meal out without the toddler haha

    • Ami
      7th August 2017 / 9:25 am

      It really was. We really enjoyed ourselves. I can’t wait to go back and try the Thai Vegetable Curry!

      Ami xxx

  9. 5th August 2017 / 2:43 pm

    Wow I was expecting the food to be a bit more pricey, but they are actually a really good price. Those pudding looks so nice. I would have done the same as you. Order both and share!

    • Ami
      7th August 2017 / 9:27 am

      I was too. I was amazed that they do two courses for less than £10!

      Ami xxx

  10. 27th October 2017 / 2:28 pm

    I have not tried this restaurant before, but it sounds like a great atmosphere and amazing food. Every course looks scrummy

    • Ami
      30th October 2017 / 10:33 am

      It really is lovely. I can’t wait to go back again.

      Ami xxx

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