If you’re a fan of Japanese food then you’ll probably want to keep reading…
Bristol duo and food fanatics Iris Hable and Adam Hartshorne are the brains behind a new food pop-up Tsukemono; which is all about classic Japanese dishes and some unusual takes on your average bar snacks. Since launching in September of this year, the food outlet has won rave reviews on social media and a legion of fans across the city. They have already made appearances at the BS5 Market where their different Japanese offerings made quite the impression.
So if you didn’t know (OK I‘ll admit I didn’t), the word Tsukemono means ‘pickled things’. See, every day is a flippin’ school day here. Just don’t ask me how to pronounce it…
The gang are currently residing at The Volunteer Tavern, a cosy local boozer right in the centre of town (pretty much opposite Cabot Circus) with a lovely little undercover beer garden. The menu is full of Japanese signature dishes but also lists some intriguing menu items, such as Scotch eggs made with kimchi fried rice, curry-filled Kare-Pan, Japanese fried chicken and their famous homemade pickles. Punters are also able to try several variations of Okonomiyaki – a type of Japanese ‘pizza’ made with melt-in-the-mouth cabbage pancakes and finished off with Asian mayo, bonito flakes, ao-nori seaweed, delicious okonomi sauce and a choice of tempting toppings.
Co-owner Iris commented, “After visiting Japan we taught ourselves to cook all our favourite dishes that we couldn’t find over here yet,” she explains. “There is such a wide range of Japanese food, beyond sushi and ramen, and that is what we aim to bring to Bristol.”
The menu itself is staggeringly reasonable, with small bites starting at just £2 and mains from as little as £6. Both vegan and vegetarian options are also available.
Tsukemono is running at the Volunteer Tavern until October 31st from 17:30-21:00pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. They are also open at 12:30-3:00pm Friday lunchtimes and from 12:00 – 21:00 on Saturdays.