Monday, 5 March 2018

Edit: Bristol's First Audiophile Bar


Get ready for some serious food envy. I was recently invited down to Edit Bar and Kitchen in Bristol to try out their menu and to see what the new restaurant (located on the bustling Cheltenham Road) has to offer. Edit is Bristol's very first audiophile bar - a concept that is brand new to Bristol and heavily inspired by Tokyo's food and drinks scene, where high quality music is an integral part of dining. If you are unfamiliar with what an audiophile bar is, an audiophile bar is essentially a place to enjoy delicious food and drinks while listening to music on a high quality sound system. 


Forget boring dinner music - I'm talking different DJ's playing music from all around the world each night. From classic albums to the groovy collections of local residents, Edit brings something new to the table of culture and music in Bristol. They even recently had a Tarantino themed night - and I can't think of anything better than eating Asian small plates and drinking beer whilst listening to the Pulp Fiction soundtrack on a beautiful sound system. 
On our arrival we spotted the impressive speakers straight away - a Klipsch heritage sound system that consisted of one big speaker and nine smaller speakers suspended from the ceiling, above a set that a DJ was mixing on. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the music was not too loud or overwhelming - still bold and bassy, but not too intrusive. The atmosphere and interior inside Edit is classy and intimate: dimmed lights, long tables with stools (that encourage groups of friends to gather here) and a funky forest feature wall. 



Onto the menu. 

We started off by ordering drinks. The bar and drinks menu was extensive and varied, catering for everyone. There is a wide selection of red, white and rosé wines as well as a huge range of beers, spirits and soft drinks. I ordered a Peroni (how adventurous of me...) and Reuben, my friend, ordered an ale. Then we turned to the food menu. The menu was made up of various Asian inspired tapas dishes, ranging from simple bar snacks (such as wasabi peas and chilli crackers) to various vegetarian, meat and fish dishes. We were advised by our waiter to order a few things from each section in order to experience the varied dishes and, well... you don't have to tell me twice to order lots of food. 


We ordered several dishes between us which included fried tiger prawns (£2.50), a citrus salad (£4.75), fried squid with mango chilli sauce (£6.25), edamame and truffle dumplings (£6.25) and steamed lamb dumplings (£5.75). It wasn't too long before our dishes started coming out and before we knew it, we had a full-on buffet on our hands. The edamame and truffle dumplings were my favourite, followed by the very generous portion of crispy fried squid which was served with a fresh mango and chilli salsa rather than a sauce. 



We both felt that the dishes were all cooked well with bursts of different flavours here and there. The squid was crispy and spicy (and not too rubbery - something that I hate), the citrus salad made for a delicious side (the different flavours of grapefruit against fried crispy onions were surprisingly complementary) and the lamb dumplings were, as expected, tasty: three plump parcels stuffed with herby lamb. I was a bit disappointed with the fried tiger prawns which were £2.50 each (now £2.95) as it was literally just one tiger prawn (equating to one or two bites) in a shot glass with some chilli mayo, but they tasted good all the same. In fact, my only real criticism when it comes to Edit is the prices. In order to really fill up on food you would have to spend a fair amount there as the dishes are tapas sized. Gloucester/Cheltenham Road is a notorious student hub and although the cool atmosphere and impressive sound system in Edit may entice students in, the prices might put them off. That said, if you have the cash to splash, then I would definitely recommend trying it out. 

Overall, I had a great experience at Edit. I love the concept - good music goes hand in hand with good food and Edit really does appeal to all the senses. You can definitely tell the difference between the crisp high quality music that floats around Edit and the standard speakers that feature in most restaurants/bars. The table service was welcoming and friendly and our waiter knew the menu well, recommending us ales and various dishes. The food was good and my only criticism, as mentioned above, is the prices. Edit is the perfect place to go with a group of friends to enjoy nibbles and some good music. I would recommend experiencing it. 

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20 comments

  1. Oh what a great place to go and eat! I love the idea of mixing the music and food, my husband would love the squid! I've still never dared try it!

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  2. As long as you don't have to raise your voice to talk over the music,this could be fun....but eating and shouting would not be my cuppa of tea...

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  3. This sounds like a really interesting place to go and grab a bite to eat. It seems like they have taken a different approach to both the food and the atmosphere with the music.

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  4. I have actually never heard of the concept of an audiophile bar before but I really like the sound of different DJ's playing high quality music will you eat. And the presentation of the food was fabulous.

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  5. It sounds like you had a wonderful experience. I love good music and good food, so I’m sure I would enjoy it too!

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  6. I love the idea of this and having the music while you're eating, I wonder what there is in London like this x

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  7. I love the fact it mixes food and music. The squid looks and sounds amazing x

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  8. It’s like a nightclub with food! Sounds amazing. On a serious note we had no idea what an audiophile bar was until reading this. What a great way to expand your taste buds and music tastes x

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  9. The food looks incredible! I love great squid so it's good to hear that wasn't rubbery because that really does spoil it. The citrusy element sounded unique and delicious too!

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  10. I haven't heard of this audiophile bar concept but this sounds an awesome way of enjoying while you are eating. Good to hear you like their food at the Edit.

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  11. This sounds like such an interesting place to visit - and that food looks absolutely delicious!

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  12. Isn't this just a wine bar? Nevertheless, I really don't care what they want to call it. It's combining two of my favourite things music and food :)

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  13. I live in Bristol and I've never heard of this place! Need to check it out! x

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  14. Such a cool concept! I love the idea of curating music with food. We have similar asian tapas/dim sum places in London, they’re pricey but my absolute favourite cuisine so I don’t mind splashing out. I have friends in Bristol so will drag them here when I next go visit!

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  15. Wow, I am loving Edit's theme and concept, I am visiting Bristol in a few months time so I will add it to my list for sure

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  16. Love the idea that you have DJs spinning you different styles of music every night. Also loving the food, it looks really yummy, the deco is very inviting too.

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  17. Im a huge DJ and music fan so this place has my name written all over it. What a super cool idea and way to spend a night out :) great concept

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  18. What a cool idea, I had never heard of an audiophile bar before. It must be hard to get the balance right...the right volume so as to still be noticeable but not intrusive. Great to see they cater for vegetarians too!

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  19. I love the concept of this place but I can image the portion/price being a little disappointing. The menu sounds tasty but I'd definitely need more than three dumplings for that price haha.

    Jess - Philocalist

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  20. Oh wow, how cool is that? I would love grabbing some chilled out lunch here H :)

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