Fi Real

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57 West St, Old Market, Bristol, England, BS2 0BZ

Color cafe in Old Market since May 2014. Offers Caribbean-inspired veggie food and cakes plus smoothies and Caribbean drinks. Dishes might include curry, rice and beans, lentil stew. Take-out and eat-in. 2016 reported food is all vegan. Open Mon-Thu 12:00pm-10:00pm, Sun 12:00pm-8:00pm.

Category: Vegan, Take-out, Caribbean

Reviews (17)

First Review by bridget_claire

lovely food. - Edit

Had been recommended this place many times so had to try it out.
Very clean restaurant and friendly service . Food portions were huge and satisfying, not at all spicy. Will be visiting again .

Pros: vegan .

Cons: none.

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Really, really wonderful - Edit

I visited Fi Real after my daughter discovered the restaurant was now open at weekends (the only time I could visit). What a wonderful place!

I enjoyed the jerk tofu with rice and peas, and crispy kale and salad; this food was delicious- the best tasting tofu I have ever eaten! Fi Real have produced their own brand of watermelon and pineapple-and-ginger drinks, too- they are so refreshing.

My fellow diners told me that this food is better than the food in the Caribbean. I can only urge you to go and try it for yourselves.

The restaurant itself is bright, clean and friendly; the service came with a genuine smile from the utterly charming owners. Reggae and lovers rock in the background; not intrusive.

I'm not the first to give Fi Real 5 stars, but it really, genuinely deserves it. Fi real.

Pros: Wonderful food!, Warm and welcoming staff, Bright and colourful decor, and cool music

Cons: None

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Fantastic New Find - Edit

Tried Fi Real today for the first time after seeing them at a recent vegan festival. The restaurant is very clean and tidy and the owner Marie is so friendly. The food was absolutely delicious, we enjoyed every bite. We will certainly be back, and I will be spreading the word. Well worth a visit for delicious vegan food.

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One of the best meals of my life! - Edit

This place is amazing - definitely one of the best meals of my life!

I ordered the dumplings and pepper strips with rice and salad which was the perfect mix of delicious and nutritious. Good size portion too, I was able to share a lot of the meal with my partner and still definitely had enough myself.

My partner ordered the vegetable pastry and plantains and loved both.

Nice chance to try all vegan carribean food - lots of new dishes we hadn't tried before!

Pros: All vegan, Caribbean food which we hadn't tried before , Generous portions

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Really great food and atmosphere!!! - Edit

This was definitely one of the best vegan restaurants I have been to. I had the jerk tofu, which was absolutely delicious, and the portion sizes are very generous - it comes with salad and rice, so you will definitely feel full once you've finished your meal. I also took away some blueberry and lemon cake, which was sublime, and can also recommend the watermelon juice drink.

Not only was the food superb and reasonably-priced, but the woman who owns the restaurant was also very friendly and helpful, which made my visit even more pleasant, and the decor and music combine to give the restaurant a really nice atmosphere.

So, in conclusion, I cannot praise this restaurant highly enough, and would recommend it to vegans, vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. I will definitely be returning soon to try some of their other options!

Pros: Delicious food, Very friendly owners, Great atmosphere

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Something different! - Edit

I really enjoyed my meal here- I had jerk tofu which was lovely- creamy on the inside, tasty jerk spice crispiness on the outside. Served with delicious greens and rice and beans... yum! Also had an amazing fresh pineapple juice which was almost like a smoothie it was so thick :)

Veganism is often seen to be reserved for the white and privileged, and think places like this can help shake the stereotype; it's in a not-so-posh area of town and while we were there at least three Caribbean parties (groups of friends and families) came in to eat, in fact I believe we were the only non-Caribbean customers.

The owner is a lovely lady who is super friendly and makes you feel welcome :)

Pros: great food, friendly staff

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friendly atypical menu - Edit

it was nice to have a change from veggie Indian, vegan Chinese or traditional veggie with the Caribbean / Jamaican cuisine. ackro and tofu was good. the lady who runs the place was very friendly and helpful. well worth a visit.

Pros: vegan, funky bright decor

Cons: beware the door might make it look closed when res

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Jerk tofu!!!! - Edit

Yummy yummy yummy!!
I love Caribbean food but don't really cook it myself so it was such a treat to come here.

I loved it the price was reasonable and the service was quick

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Incredible Food!!! - Edit

I have been to tons of vegan restaurants all over the world and this is seriously one of the best. Everything we ordered was incredible and the owners were so nice and helpful. The prices were really cheap, only £2 for big appetizers! I highly, highly recommend the akee and tofu, one of the best things I have ever eaten in my life. Couldn't recommend more highly! The curry and the jerk tofu were also INCREDIBLE.

And you must try the sorrel juice, SO good.

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Absolutely Amazing - Edit

We visited Fi Real last night and I had to make a post right away. The food was out of this world (I got the Caribbean curry chunks; my husband got the ackee and tofu; and our friend got the jerk tofu) and the owners were so so sweet and friendly. If I lived in Bristol I'd come here every day! As it is, I'm definitely coming back and I'm bringing all of my vegan friends :)

Pros: Excellent food, Sweet staff, Inexpensive

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Lovely atmosphere - Edit

The food was delicious and freshly made, the staff were friendly and the atmosphere was great :) Even the decor was beautiful. Definitely worth 5 stars, couldn't fault it at all. They even do a take out menu.

Very reasonably priced.

Pros: delicious menu, great atmosphere, reasonably priced

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Amazing experience - Edit

I went to Fi Real a few days ago on my Birthday and it was incredible. I was made a vegan birthday cake which was absolutely amazing. I could not have asked for anything better. It was incredible. I went into Fi Real later to have a meal, and the choices, even though they were limited on the night still offered a great selection as everything was vegan. I was treated great and everyone was so friendly. I cannot reccomend Fi Real enough to any one. Even my family are not vegetarian, they really enjoyed the meals and it was nice having something different. 10/10

Pros: Friendly staff, Great selection of food, Amazing service

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Fantastic Food! - Edit

We came along, because of the novelty of eating at a Caribbean vegetarian restaurant. Having worked in one myself a few years back, I know the difficulty of a veggie/vegan option, and it was limited to veggie soup.
Me and my vegan partner both ordered a tofu fish dish, with plantain, rice & peas, and dough balls. The food was heaven! Without doubt, the best vegan/veggie fish I have ever come across. The plate was filled with great food, which all tasted very healthy, yet completely satisfying, and great value for money. The only issue is the location is a little isolated, and it was almost empty when we ate for lunch. The staff were very friendly, and great to chat to. Highly recommend!

Pros: Majority vegan options, Great value. Big dishes for your money, Lovely staff, great service

Cons: Isolated location

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pleasant dinner - Edit

First time in a Carebbean restaurant, so it is a bit hard to judge compared to other vegan places. Ackee & Tofu and Vegeballs were tasty, a bit less the Ital stew. the juice was really enjoyable. the difference between an average place an fi real is the owner, a very friendly and kind lady that made our dinner more than pleasant.

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Unique, interesting place, great food - Edit

It's unfortunate that as a vegetarian, when you hear about Caribbean food it doesn't feel very exciting since there do not seem to be many opportunities to eat at 100% veg places.

So this is an extra incentive to check this place out. We walked up toward Fi Real from Castle park through a slightly shabby part of town that doesn't give any hint of what lies ahead. After seeing a number of closed down shops on the street, it was surprising to walk into this bright and very clean place.

We had the ackee and tofu dish which was delicious, along with a side of fried plantain, unfortunately we weren't staying in Bristol for long otherwise we would have come back to try some of the other stuff on the menu.

The selection on offer did seem slightly limited when we were there, but I expect they can expand it in time.

They also have interesting an sorrel ginger drink which tastes very natural and fresh (although perhaps a little sugary for my taste). They seem to have added some more ginger/pineapple drinks, I would definitely also check these out if returning.

The manager/owner is a very friendly lady who is happy to answer any questions you have about any of the food.

Pros: Tasty food with passion, Friendly + knowledgable owner/staff, Good prices

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Good, Hearty Food - Edit

Mmmmm.... Very tasty Caribbean food. Very fresh and flavourful. Worth the trip!

We had Sweet and Sour Tofu, Ital stew and blueberry cake. Highly recommended.

Pros: fresh, friendly, filling

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