Review: Sky Kong Kong, Bristol

A little while back my boyfriend, knowing I’m a lover of Korean cuisine, directed me to Sky Kong Kong’s website. Not only did the homepage – a simple design with the simple imagery of pickle jars – immediately make me want to visit but then I was also informed that the head chef, and owner, Hwi Shim has previously worked at both Michelin Starred Nobu and Hakkasan, in London.

So what’s on the menu? Organic, local and seasonal cuisine – which changes daily – and is usually updated on their twitter page. During the day, you can pick up a great looking bento box for about £3 – if only I worked closer – and on an evening, there is a set menu for £12.50.

You can find this unassuming restaurant located between the bearpit and the bus station; from outside you could almost miss it. On the day we visited it was absolutely pouring down with rain and we weren’t sure if it was open. Luckily, another couple went on in and we followed their lead.

Inside, the walls are lined with shelves full of pickle jars, which look beautiful, as well as displaying an eclectic range of items such as wicker baskets, hats and an assortment of plates. There’s a long table along one side of the restaurant which offers that social dining vibe.

What we ate:
Tuna tartare salad

Grilled mackerel
Sirloin beef salad

Lotus root
Bulldog root


Having not eaten tuna tartare before, I was excited to give it a try and it really didn’t disappoint. The salad that it arrived with was fruit which I wasn’t expecting but tasted great.

The tuna salad was followed by the grilled mackerel and beef in salad. The mackerel was wonderful with crisp skin and soft inside and the beef was extremely tasty. On the side, a bowl of rice with beans and a little tray of treats arrived. All of which were delicious; especially the anchovies and tiny hot dogs.

After we finished the set menu we just had to try the dessert. An indulgent chocolate pudding with juicy cherries in the bottom – it was absolutely delicious. To wash it down we tried the rice tea which had a wonderful popcorn smell to it and was warming on the wet and cold evening.

Recently a few friends have tried to visit but unfortunately they have been fully booked so making a reservation is a must. One things for sure I will be making one very soon!

Telephone: 0117 239 9528

Address: Unit 2 Haymarket Walk, Bristol, BS1 3LN

Opening hours:
Lunch 12 – 12.30 last order
Dinner 6 – 8.30 last order

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