Top Global Flavours in Bath

By Paul Bloomfield

Gourmet traveller? You’re in the right place: in Bath you can tour the planet without leaving the city. Graze your way through global cuisine, with restaurants and supper clubs offering everything from Argentinian steaks to Moroccan tagines to Vietnamese pho. Take a round-the-world trip with our pick of the best international eating opportunities…

Caribbean Kitchen

Spicy, saucy, sunshine-y – the cuisine of the Caribbean islands reflects the lively, chilled-out vibe of Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and more, with influences from Africa, South American, India and France. Caribbean Kitchen on Grove Street (near Pulteney Bridge) is the place to grab patties and wraps at lunch – try typical fillings such as ackee and saltfish, jerk chicken or BBQ pulled pork, washed down with a can of tropical Ting. In the evenings heartier fare is added to the menu: expect red snapper, curry goat and oxtail.

Tagine Zhor (Morocco)

With ornately carved woodwork, colourful lanterns and mint tea poured from on high, this atmospheric Moroccan restaurant on North Parade is as close as you’ll get to a traditional bolthole in the souks of Fès. That goes for the terrific food, too: cuisine here is based on that of the long-time imperial capital, with a range of mezze, couscous, kofta and of course tagine – the long-simmering stew named for the conical ceramic dish in which it’s cooked. Expect flavours of cumin, paprika, saffron and ginger. Shukran bezzef!

Yak Yeti Yak (Nepal)

No, whatever you experienced on a teahouse trek, Nepalese food isn’t just dal bhat (lentils and rice). This cosy restaurant on Pierrepont Street, run by former mountain guides and cooks, displays the varied influences that make true home-cooked Nepalese cuisine a treat: there are momos (stuffed dumplings) from Tibet, cauliflower pakoras and aloo channa (fried potatoes and chickpeas) from India, stir-fries, and the noodle soup thukpa beloved of Sherpas. Cross your legs to sit at the low tables for a truly authentic experience.

Noya’s Kitchen (Vietnam)

The pho powerhouse of Bath, Noya left Vietnam during the 70s as a child refugee – but Vietnam didn’t leave her. Today she runs Vietnamese supper clubs most Fridays in the Bear Pad Café in Bear Flat, a little south of the railway station. These five-course feasts are phenomenally (and justifiably) popular, often booked out months in advance – contact Noya to check for last-minute cancellations if you haven’t secured a slot first time. Expect fresh-as-spring prawn summer rolls, steaming pho, zingy stir-fries and piquant curries. Alternatively, learn the basics of South-east Asian street food on one of Noya’s cookery courses.

Sotto Sotto (Italy)

Arguably Bath’s most popular Italian joint is tucked away in a basement venue on North Parade. You’ll know you’ve found it when you pass a string of sad faces – people who discovered that the restaurant’s owners really mean it when they say advance booking is essential. The simple menu belies the quality of the fare, prepared with verve using the freshest ingredients: who knew that peas (tossed with onions and pancetta) could be such a revelation. Meat and fish specials outnumber pasta and risotto options, and the Italian-only wine list showcases the best regional tipples.

The Olive Tree (Britain)

Not to forget Great British Fare, The Olive Tree, tucked away underneath The Queensberry Hotel, offers this in abundance. In this fantastically located restaurant, a stone's throw from The Assembly Rooms, you can choose from tasting menus created by the award-winning head chef, Chris Cleghorn, or sample individual dishes if you prefer. Awarded prizes for their wine list and food alike, the head chef and his team use local produce wherever possible to create a frequently changing, ever-fresh seasonal menu.

If you haven’t spotted your favourite international cuisine in this list, fear not – you can sample excellent modern Indian at the Mint Room (, Argentine steaks at CAU (, glamorous Thai at Thai Balcony (, the finest Japanese sashimi at kaiten joint Yen Sushi ( and Lebanese meze at Comptoir Libanais (

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