Just over a week ago I was lucky enough to be invited to try out the Aluna in Bristol. I’m lucky enough to only live a short train journey away from Bristol and visit quiet often. However spite wanting to, had never had the chance to try Aluna out until now. I decided to bring along one of my fellow mummy friends with me, so we could both enjoy some rare child free time for a bit.
Upon stepping inside The Aluna in Bristol, I fell in love with the decor inside. The tables were beautifully decorated, as were the walls and ceilings. The place had a really warm, cosy feeling to it as well as coming across as classy too.
The staff were all lovely and welcoming and were quick to get us seated and hand us our menus. There was so much choice from both the food and drinks menus. I must admit I got a bit distracted by the amazing cocktails on offer inside the drinks menu (which i’ll come back to a bit later on) and forgot about ordering food for a bit.
After taking a look at the menus for starter I decided to order the Chicken Satay, which was described as Chicken marinated with herbs and aromatic spices and chargrilled, served with peanut dipping sauce. My friend chose to order The salt chilli squid, which was described as deep fried squid with fresh chillies, spring onions and garlic.
Now normally from starters I don’t expect a great deal, as well its just the food before the main really. However both me and my friend were both impressed with how pretty our starters looked when they arrived. As well as how good they tasted.
For main I was instantly drawn to The Aluna Burger, which was a 8oz prime beef burger topped with crispy bacon & Monterey jack cheese, jalapeno peppers, crispy lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise served in a toasted bun with house chip. My friend who is a bit more brave when it comes to trying different foods went for the Thai Green Curry. The Thai Green Curry is described as a House special homemade green curry with coconut milk, aubergines and sweet basil, served with fresh steamed rice.
When The Aluna Burger arrived it was better than I expected. It was all cooked perfectly and the potion was more than enough for me, I actually only managed half of it. My friend also said that her Thai Green Curry was also really tasty, she said it had a slight kick to it but it was actually what made it so good.
Finally for dessert we both decided to treat ourselves and order one of Alunas alcohol desserts. We chose The Panocotta which came with a side shot of tequila. I wasn’t 100% sure about how it would taste when I ordered it, as I hadn’t ever tried anything like it before. It was really fun injecting the shot of tequila into The Panocotta and it actually tasted really good too. Huge Bonus.
As stated previously in my review, the cocktails at Aluna really were the show stopper during our visit. Whilst there were many classics on the list, as well as mocktail options there was also some really inventive ones.
The first cocktail we ordered was the ‘Pomegranate Cosmo” which was described as a clear bubbling version of the class Cosmopolitan with a twist. It was really cool to watch, it was bubbling like a lava lamp and had smoke coming out the top. I took a small clip of it and posted it on my Instagram, if you’d like to see click here
Below is a picture of the second and final cocktail I ordered being prepared, I wanted something that was extra special and would make us go “wow” and they recommended a drink called The Aluna Secret. The recommendation was a good one, as it both looked and tasted incredible. Just like strawberry milkshake, but with alcohol. Yum!!
After the second cocktail and finishing our lovely meal it was sadly time to go home. However we happily left feeling full and satisfied, with plans to return many, many more times in the future.
Disclosure: I was given a complimentary meal and cocktails in exchange for this review. However as always all opinions and views expressed are honest and that of my own.