It’s hard to believe that it has only been a little over a year since Cargo, the original shipping container development in Whapping Wharf, was launched. Since that time, it has become a glorious and eclectic community hub within Bristol; offering retail, coffee stops, watering holes and both casual or fine-dining. Cuisine here is a real mixed bag, with Asian, Caribbean, pizza, pork and tasting menus of seasonal produce all on offer, to name but a few.
The announcement of Cargo 2 was met with great excitement and anticipation; new units to explore and even more food to try. So, with this in mind, myself and some of my fellow Bristol babes decided to do a roundup of the new development, to give you the full “what’s what” on who the lovely new neighbours are that have settled in next door.
I opted to try The Pickled Brisket; based on the lower floor of Cargo 2, next to the lovely Gopal’s Curry Shack ladies. You may already be familiar with friendly owners Flo and Rob and their banging brisket from their time doing the rounds at plenty of Bristol’s street food markets, which has gained them quite the loyal following. This is their first permanent home and it just goes to show that size really doesn’t matter.
Specialising in serving quality, cured, locally sourced beef, the husband and wife duo wanted to create the finest in salt beef sandwiches made on this side of the pond.
Upon entering the crate, you are met with a beautiful, bold and colourful mural created by local artist Frea Buckler, there are a couple of stools to perch upon and the serving station is situated towards the back. This is where Flo and Rob create their monster sarnies.
Menu options range from their classic salt beef sandwiches, which you can choose to have on either sourdough or brioche. The guest sandwich special, smoked salmon bagels or the breadless boxes.
I opted for ‘The Reuben’; salt beef, sauerkraut, Russian dressing, blow-torched Swiss cheese, mustard and gherkins. Boy oh boy, I suddenly realised I had been doing sandwiches wrong for my entire life.
Made with care and piled high within an inch of its sandwich life, the Reuben itself was quite the sight to behold. The plentiful thick pink slices of salt beef rested carefully on a bed of crispy sauerkraut, whilst the blow-torched cheese melted and moulded itself around its sandwich counterparts. Sitting pretty atop the mountain of meat were the gherkins and mustard, which added a warm splash of colour.
It’s safe to say it was love at first bite. The meat came away without any struggle, whilst the mix of punchy flavours from the Russian dressing and sauerkraut worked incredibly well together. The smoky cheese brought comfort into the fold, whilst there was a lingering aftertaste from the hint of mustard. The gherkins worked well to cut through the sandwich and provided a welcome crunch. The whole affair did get a little messy, but I was too busy enjoying myself to really notice. The Reuben was delicious, a nice juxtaposition of ingredients that complemented each other very nicely and the supportive brioche bun stayed strong throughout, without becoming soggy or breaking apart.
The wonderful thing about the Cargo development as a whole is that you can just turn up spontaneously and find something delicious to eat. Whether you are flying solo, out with pals or with your little ones, there is plenty of choice. The Pickled Brisket slots in nicely offering casual dining whether it be for lunch or dinner and is also perfect for if you are on the go and passing by. It is worth noting they also have a great lunch deal on offer currently, which includes any free drink or crisps with any sandwich or breadless box, which runs from Tuesday – Thursday.
Sandwiches will never be the same again.
To take a peek at the rest of the Cargo 2 development, have a read of these other fantastic food reviews below:-
Joanna Clifford – Cargo Cantina
Kym Grimshaw – Tare
Bristol Bites – The Athenian
Yes Starling – Spuntino
Stripd – Harbour & Browns
Lily Doughball – Gopal’s Curry Shack
Wuthering Bites – Salt & Malt