Cosmo Restaurant Bristol
The Pavilion
30 Triangle West
Bristol
BS8 1ET
T: 01179 340 999
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Cosmo Bristol
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4 stars

 
 
Feeling an attack of the Monday blues, a colleague and I decided to stamp them out with a visit to Cosmo for lunch, one hour to cram in a selection of dishes from all around the globe, with the temptation to go back for just one more in the last five minutes before haring back to the office. It’s a great concept, and just made for people who are short on time but long on appetite and the price for lunch is virtually the same as you would pay for a dreary sandwich and a soft drink. In the space of a few minutes we breezed in, ordered two glasses of house white wine (which were excellent) and plates in hand, hit the starter station. Basically between us we took one of everything, crab claws, spare ribs, prawn toast, chicken satay with satay sauce on the side, spring rolls and curry samosas. Returning to the table rather laden, we sampled and came up with our favourites, mine was the chicken satay; lovely tender skewered chicken with a delightful satay sauce, and hers the spicy samosa. We marvelled at a lone diner on the next table who was forking in his second towering plate of noodles with enthusiasm and concluded that they must be very nice so grabbed more plates and prowled the aisles looking for noodles. Everything in Cosmo is laid out well, the cook fresh stations (dim sum etc.) alongside, Chinese, Indian, and even Italian specialities. Next I had Thai green vegetable curry, Singapore noodles, and chicken tikka, and on the other plate onion bhaji, pancake with shredded duck, julienned cucumber and spring onions (you assemble it yourself), belly of pork, and more noodles. The lone diner was right; the Singapore noodles were first class and also the belly of pork, both tender and crisp at the same time if that’s possible. The dessert station has a chocolate fountain (not open at lunchtime) plus a variety of gateaux, fresh fruit, profiteroles, and large cubes of jelly. Taking my cue from the lone diner I took a small plate of outsize wobbly cubes of green and orange jelly, and my friend, always sensible at heart, took some fresh cut melon - would I be the hyperactive one during the afternoon? The service is efficient, removing plates as soon as you’d finished, and there’s a jolly and friendly atmosphere. We were offered a range of coffees, cappuccino, latte etc., but our time was up and we were back to the office as the clock struck 2.00 pm. In and out in an hour; it’s great value and just the ticket for a quick lunch.

Jacquie Vowles