Jack the Falafel: Delicious lunch spot in Bristol
On Gloucester Road, home to some of Bristol’s coolest restaurants, pubs and vintage shops is where you’ll find some of the best falafels in Bristol, in a vegan café named no other than Jack the Falafel.
With its welcoming wooden exterior and bench outside the front, the café is in a sunny spot, so it’s perfect if you want to sit and enjoy the outside seating on the bustling Gloucester Road.
We chose to sit inside under all the plants and take a look at their extensive menu, displayed on the chalkboard and available on the counter to take back to your table. After feeling torn between all the delicious dishes, we asked the waiter, Billy, what he recommended.
He suggested the jackfruit dishes and gave us a sample to try. Sweet, spicy with a barbeque flavour, it was utterly delicious, and made us more intrigued about the other dishes, setting the bar high for the rest of the menu.
For drinks, we settled on the intriguing Butterfly Pea latte and the tempting apple, cinnamon and fresh ginger juice. Whilst we would usually opt for an oat milk coffee, the butterfly pea latte charmed us, and we were eager to try it! Although slightly apprehensive about pea milk, the latte was deliciously sweet and light with a fantastic blue colour. The fresh juice was satisfyingly punchy with its ginger flavour and beautiful cinnamon tones, the perfect palate cleanser before the food.
On to mains! Finally deciding on the vegan pancakes with almond butter and the aubergine parmigiana, we opted for a sweet and a savoury dish. The food arrived very quickly and was beautifully presented! The aubergine parmigiana was served on a huge plate filled with an array of vibrant salads, very Instagrammable! Layers of slow-baked aubergine topped with cheesy vegan parmesan, the dish was spicy, smoky and very filling.
The banquet of sides was mesmerising, offering tangy sauerkraut, fluffy couscous, crunchy red cabbage and carrot, a mixed salad and a grilled flatbread, all drizzled with a sweet beetroot sauce. This dish was a real show-stopper! The flatbread was perfect to dip in the parmigiana and the sauerkraut was a stand-out addition to the other salads.
The pancakes were charmingly presented, topped with kiwis, strawberries, apples, grapes, almond butter, chocolate sauce, vegan whipped cream and sprinkled with coconut. They were fluffy and light - the nutty and fruity flavours complemented each other extremely well. The perfect breakfast or dessert option.
Of course, we couldn’t leave without trying the falafels, and they were delicious. Served with vibrant yellow hummus, green olives, and beetroot sauce, they were crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, lightly spiced with coriander flavours. The hummus was silky and a perfect duo with the falafels.
A fellow customer recommended that we try the cakes and the hot chocolate so we will definitely be back.
If you’re looking to sample these legendary falafels for yourself, or perhaps the fruity pancakes, Jack the Falafel offers a huge menu of delicious dishes to try, or you can order in by using Foodstuff; they are also on Too Good To Go.
If you’re a vegan foodie who wants to sample what Bristol’s food scene has to offer, be sure to check out the best vegan restaurants in Bristol. Or maybe you fancy a tipple? If so, our guide to where to go for vegan cocktails in Bristol shouldn’t be missed.