Cathay Rendezvous, Bristol

Bristol is known for many things, such as its association with media and the arts, two excellent universities, being home to the SS Great Britain and Brunel’s famous Suspension Bridge in Clifton and a stunning Harbourside to name only a few!

It is also known for having a long history of trade, with the bronze Nails at Corn Street Exchange (now the vibrant St Nick’s Market) being reputedly where the term “cash on the nail” came from as deals were done over the nails.

A short distance from Corn Street is King Street, home to the world famous Bristol Old Vic theatre which is currently undergoing substantial refurbishment. The Old Vic is the oldest continually operating theatre in the English speaking world, who’s alumni include many household names including Helen Baxendale, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jeremy Irons, Brian Blessed, Olivia Coleman and Star Trek legend Patrick Stewart to name just a small handful.

A few doors down is the restaurant of today’s review, Cathay Rendezvous, located in a beautiful Grade II* Listed building, which was home England’s first purpose built public library on the same site in 1613, and was later rebuilt in 1738-40 into the building which stands today.

Frequently visited by local and national celebrities, and given its location close to the theatre this Chinese restaurant has always been a popular destination for locals and tourists.

Following a property auction at Hollis Morgan in Clifton, we thought we’d make our way down for something to eat to finish off a long day which started at 4.30am!

There is an extensive menu including an Express Lunch Menu with a main course at just £5.95, 2 courses for £7.95 and 3 courses at a very reasonable £9.95 as well as Pre-Theatre menu Sunday to Friday between 6-7.30pm with either two courses at £11.95 or 3 at £13.95.

There are also Sunday Buffet and Set Menus.

We opted for some salt and pepper ribs to start which were delicious (if perhaps slightly too small a portion) followed by lemon chicken with egg fried rice and sweet and sour king prawn, served with boiled rice.

Simple dishes are sometimes the best!

Both were very tasty but as is often the case with Chinese food, due to the amount of sugar and sometimes MSG used (although we don’t know whether they do in this restaurant) we were left feeling quite dry afterwards.

Overall though, good atmosphere and friendly staff, clean and lovely and warm inside so well worth a visit if you’re in the area, perhaps before an evening of entertainment at one of the most beautiful and enchanting theatres in the world.

What we ate and drank:

1 BBQ Spare Ribs to start
1 Lemon Chicken
1 Sweet and Sour King Prawn
1 Boiled Rice
1 Egg Fried Rice
1 Pint of Asahi dry
3 Glasses of Chardonnay

Total excluding service: £60.05


Cathay Rendezvous, 30 King Street, Bristol, BS1 4DZ

Telephone: 0117 9226161



Fear On Food Fork Rating: 3 Forks

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