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Tampopo offers a mouth watering selection of Pan Asian dishes. All dishes are fresh, healthy and good value. The good service makes this perfect for a quick lunch.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours
Mon-Thu 12:00-22:30
Fri-Sat 12:00-23:00
Sun 12:00-22:00

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Tampopo reviews

By Nick K.

Having come from London I had no idea what to expect with this restaurant. To be honest it takes several design steers in terms of the interior from Wagamama (a restaurant of which I very much like) but thats where the similarities end. Tampopo offers a superb fusion between Thai, Malasian, indian and Japanese cuisine in simply mouth watering creations that are unique different and completely mouth-wateringly good. The service was excellent and the food combinations superb I would whole heartedly recommend this superb eatery. I think Wagamama needs to keep on their toes and look to update their offering because this restaurant (for my money) is better !

By Hayley W.

It was our first experience of visiting Cabot Circus and after a long days shopping my family and I decided it was time to have something to eat. We looked around for several minutes and suddenly noticed this Thai restaurant called Tamporo. We all agreed to eat there... and it was the best choice we've ever made. We are vegetarian so we ordered Vegetable Tempura and Tahu Goreng which was out of this world. When we're next back in Bristol, we'll be bee lining for that restaurant again... yum!

By Jess S.

I live locally to here and go all the time! It is my favourite restaurant in Bristol - much nicer than Wagamamas. The food is great! Could do with a few more soft drink options but the staff are really friendly and I always have a great time there. I would highly recommend to anyone who likes Thai food - their Laksa Singapore is the best!

By Christine E.

I ate here on Thursday 25th August 2011 and had a fantastic meal, the coconut prawns and tempura veg were great starters and the Thai green curry was one of the best I have had. Can't understand all the negative comments. The food was freshly prepared, there was no long wait and the staff were particularly attentive. My daughter liked it so much she returned with her husband and a couple of friends on Saturday night and again enjoyed the meal. I shall certainly be returning! Christine Edgeworth (Stroud)

By Fat O.

Friends had food poisoning...sounds like the same old poor standards. This place really needs to be shutdown! Word is spreading fast in Bristol...but clearly not fast enough. I hear Tampop was a good place to go and eat! My friend who had food poisoning told them and didn't get the reaction she was expecting. Stay well clear.

By Fox D.

Dear AZ1122, Really sorry to hear of your bad experience at Tampopo Bristol. Our specs have not changed in 3-4 years, except to make improvements. We have never served prawn gyosa - we do pork and vegetarian - all made on the premises from scratch. Sorry to hear your mains were not up to scratch. I personally went to Bangkok to bring back the Pad Thai recipe over 6 years ago and have recently returned from Malaysia where I did a cooking course to see where we could improve our Malaysian dishes. Our Laksa dish was very similar to what I tasted in Malaysia and it should be bursting with flavours. I am really sorry that this was not the case for you. Please, please do send dishes back if you are not happy with them. I firmly believe our dishes are better than ever - we have a Thai country menu out at the moment with Chiang Mail noodles which are fantastic. We of-course don't get it right every time and it appear that this was the case on your last visit. We are still a small privately owned business - not focusing in selling our shares and growing in the US! Please do give us another go. Feel free to get in touch with me via the Tampopo website. All the best David Fox (Co-founder)

By Azian A.

I totally agree with lucy holtum's good review on 28/1/2009. I used to frequent Tampopo too in late 2008 & early of 2009 & the food was always excellent, with generous serving & outstanding service. However trust me, too much has deteriorated since then. I know most people usually compare Tampopo's food & service with Wagamama's, because the concept is almost similar. However, clearly, Tampopo has failed to maintain the consistent good food & good service which Wagamama offers. My wife & I were there this evening. We ordered the prawn gyoza but there was absolutely no prawns in it. They are only filled with supermarket "mixed stir fry packet vegetables" with no seasoning whatsoever & were served with soy sauce which tastes like cough syrup. Although we only ordered one small serving of Prawn Gyoza, it took them more than 30 minutes to serve our main course of Pad Thai & Singapore Laksa. We thought the long wait for our main course was worthwhile as we’d assumed it was going to taste better than the gyoza. Unfortunately, my Pad Thai noodle was dry, hence rather hard & chewy whereas the Singapore Laksa’s quality has also been compromised by reducing the variety of Asian herbs & spices which usually came with it. The gravy had much lesser fragrant then the ones we've had before. Another obvious negative change which they've made is on the quantity of the food served. The current portion is almost half of what they used to be. It is a great pity that Tampopo has deteriorated so much. The quality of the food used to be excellent & the staff used to be very efficient & friendly. Some were even too professional back then. Now it is reduced to the same standard as a ubiquitous cheap takeaway which is available at any residential area. The only difference is they don't charge the same low price as those cheap takeaways. I won't be going back there ever again & I wouldn’t recommend the Bristol Tampopo to anyone. Just stick with reliable Wagamama

By Lucy H.

Tampopo is a chain of East Asian restaurants popping up across the UK. The newly opened Bristol branch offers great value dishes which are served promptly by friendly and efficient staff.

The Venue
Situated smack bang in the middle of the new Cabot Circus development in Bristol, Tampopo sits right next door to the Cinema Du Luxe. The restaurant has a smallish shop front as the main dining area is long and thin.

It's beautifully decorated, with orange lantern-style lamps hanging from the ceiling. The tables are long and bench-style, with small stools fixed at intervals.

The People
Tampopo is always busy - which means it has a great atmosphere. The long tables and stools to sit on mean you're likely to find yourself sharing a table with others - and may be sitting very close to them too. This all adds to the experience of eating in the East Asian-style.

It seems to be mainly frequented by young couples, although families are welcomed and a children's menu is available. It all depends how adventurous your children are when it comes to eating Asian-style food.

The staff in here are great. Very friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. When you order your food, your waiter or waitress writes the number of your dish on your paper placemat (sound familiar Wagamama goers?).

Table settings are minimalistic - paper placemat and disposable chopsticks (fork available upon request) and the restaurant feels ultra modern and chic.

It's also impressive that although the tables are turned around very quickly, the general feeling remains relaxed and unhurried...although do expect to queue if pop in for lunch at the weekend.

The Food
Tampopo's food is simply fantastic. The menu is sizeable, with a very wide variety of dishes available. All the food available is 'East Asian' - think Thai, Vietnam, Singapore, Japan, Malaysian. There is also emphasis on healthy eating as all dishes contain natural ingredients.

A range of small dishes are available to have as a starter or with your main dish. The option is yours. These range from £3.50 to approx £10 for a platter for two. Dishes are as diverse as miso soup and pickles to Malaysian satay chicken skewers.

The diversity of dishes continues with the mains, with more than 20 available. Choose from noodles in soup, curries, rice dishes, pad Thai, spicy laksa, or sauce based dishes with side orders of rice or noodles. Portion sizes are large, served promptly (less than 15 minutes) and at less than a tenner each (some are as cheap at £7.50), great value.

One word of caution - although some of the very hot dishes are flagged up on the menu, most of the dishes have a fairly spicy kick (it is East Asian cuisine after all). If you're not a big fan of at least moderately spicy food, this might not be the place for you.

Desserts are available too, and these all have a palate cleansing Asian twist. Think spiced ginger creme brule or fresh mango sorbet. Prices are around the £4 mark.

The Drink
A moderate range of drinks is available. Bottled beers (Lao and Tiger among others) will set you back about £3.50 per bottle. A range of wines is also available, by the glass or bottle. Expect to pay from £4 per glass or £12.95 per bottle.

Bottled Coke and Diet Coke is available too, as is freshly squeezed orange juice. Try the homemade lemonade or lime and soda for something refreshingly different. All soft drinks are approx £2 each (with fresh juice being a little more - approx £2.50).

Hot drinks are available, choose from green, jasmine or mint tea - served in a small teapot, or strong Vietnamese-style coffee. Again, these are reasonably priced at less than £2 each.

The Last Word
Tampopo is a fantastic restaurant for a quick bite. Food is first rate and the selection available is impressive. All of this, combined with the fact that prices are so reasonable, make Tampopo a good stop for quick nosh.