The Wriggle team have just got back from their gap year, and returned with sunburnt shoulders, a renewed sense of self and a penchant for pad thai. 

Not just the reserve of students trying to find themselves, everyone has a soft spot for the vibrant and flavoursome tastes of Thai cuisine, and luckily Bristol has it sewn up when it comes to Thai restaurants.  

From Thai tapas and small plates to trendy bars and traditional restaurants complete with staff dressed in full national attire, whatever your dining preference, we’ve got a tempting selection of Thai restaurants to tickle your tastebuds.

We love Bauhinia. This pan-Asian bar is by far one of the best-kept secrets of the Bristol restaurant scene, offering a mélange of Malaysian, Thai and Singaporean cuisine on their menu. Take advantage of their early bird offer, which is criminally excellent value for money - two courses throughout the week for just £11.50 before 7pm. If you arrive out of time then fear not, their mouth-watering menu won’t exactly break the bank, or pick up a Wriggle deal to be able to afford a cheeky cocktail too.

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Although strictly not a Thai restaurant, an honourable mention has to go to centre favourites Tuk Tuck for their addition of an absolutely bangin’ red curry on the menu. For a mere £7, choose from succulent chicken or tofu and mushroom, served alongside fragrant sticky rice and fresh vegetables to amp up your five-a-day. Grab a takeaway or have a seat in their honest, no-frills establishment located on St Stephen’s St in the centre of town.

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This new spot in the heart of the old city is from the brains behind the ever-popular Tuk Tuck, and offers Asian fusion cuisine in a bright, modern and casual space. Perfect for a catch up with loved ones or as a special treat before popping out on the town or to the theatre, Dangun’s Thai offering is a mouth-watering yellow curry, with a whole host of tapas-style dishes to be nibbled alongside.

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For over 10 years, the Koh brand has been dominating the Thai restaurant scene across the South of the UK. While we’re a lover of independents here at Wriggle, Koh Thai Tapas gets a shout out for maintaining a consistently excellent level of authenticity and delicious Thai cuisine. Their modern restaurant on the Clifton Triangle opened in 2013 and has been a firm favourite ever since, ideal for larger groups or for grabbing something to eat before hitting the bars.

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What to say about this completely charming Thai bistro? Owner Jean decided that there weren’t any Thai restaurants in Bristol catering to her kind of cooking, so opened one of her own at the very top of Gloucester Rd. Locals rave about the friendly atmosphere and authentic cuisine, with pork belly, sea bass and their selection of barbecue all firm favourites. Jean is also famous for her array of sweet treats on offer, so make sure you leave a little room for pud.

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Visit this long-standing Bristol Thai favourite for the real deal - exceptional Thai dishes in an elegant restaurant with friendly waiting staff clad head to toe in national dress. The extensive menu is packed with Thai classics and is quite frankly hard to choose from, with their huge dishes of colourful, fresh food to enough to satiate any appetite.

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Perhaps a little off the beaten track, JP Destiny Thai Corner is much like dining in someone’s living room, with a warm welcome and comfortable, unfussy decor. Serving a predominantly Thai menu which is as uncomplicated as the restaurant itself, their dishes offer Asian fusion cuisine, drawing inspiration from Malaysia and China en route.

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Another local’s secret, this long-standing Thai restaurant is tucked away at the far end of Church Rd in St George. Instantly recognisable for its emerald-green facade, this family-run establishment always offers a warm welcome in their snug dining room, with a truly classic selection of Thai dishes dominating the menu, from creamy coconut curries to a ‘weeping tiger’ - a sizzling beef dish with a spicy rice sauce.

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This Bedminster BYO is another neighbourhood hidden gem on the Bristol Thai restaurant scene. Praised for its inexpensive and quality cuisine, there is plenty of delicious classics on the menu to keep everyone happy, and a plethora of decent veggie options too. Pop in to eat in at their West Street restaurant and expect an exceptionally friendly welcome, just don’t forget your tinnies.

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You’ll recognise Thai Classic if you’ve ever been out on Whiteladies Rd on an evening - their bright neon signage a beacon for those with a hankering for pad thai. Boasting the accolade of oldest Thai restaurant in Bristol, the menu offers a mouth-watering selection of Thai classics including a multitude of seafood dishes, alongside Malaysian and Singaporean soups, curries and noodles too.

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This unassuming little place with its garish purple exterior is not one to be overlooked. With a slightly unorthodox approach, Siam Angel Cafe is equal parts British caff and Thai restaurant, the menu offering fry-ups and egg mayo sandwiches alongside tom yum soup and massaman curry. It seems to be working, with a dedicated fan base of professionals working nearby popping in on the regular for lunch.

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Published -22nd July 2019