Review – Asado

I think I must be late to the party on Asado, as I only heard about it, and visited last weekend. Sat between a few different independent shops on Colston Street, we were relieved to find that it was open, with seating available on a late Sunday afternoon. I appreciated the aesthetic of the interior with its colour theme of navy and mustard yellow; a combination I am very fond of. The seating area was comfortable despite managing to squeeze a fair few tables (and mismatched chairs) into what is ultimately a very small place. I can imagine the two sets out front to be the perfect people watching spot on a summers day also. The staff were welcoming and provided us with a seat and a drinks menu right away.

I was happy to see that they stock one of my favourite ciders, the Cornish Orchards Blush, which I always go for if I see it on any menu. My partner opted for the Moor beer which he happily gulped as we scanned the food menu. What particularly stood out was that they advertise a limited-edition menu, which left us planning our next visit before our mains even arrived!

Having been recommended by a friend, my boyfriend didn’t hesitate in ordering the lamb burger, although he did chicken out on the pronunciation of the La Lam-Baa-Da. It consisted of an oak grilled merguez spiced organic lamb patty, with feta cheese, confit garlic mayo, pickled pomegranate and cabbage, all served in a seeded challah bun. Unlike many burgers that I have tasted, you could honestly taste each ingredient; especially the feta and the pomegranate. He commented that although it is an acquired taste, it was tasty enough to try if you’re tempted.

After being torn between beef or chicken, I finally opted for the El Rico, which included an oak grilled dry aged organic beef patty, with Camelot stilton, naturally oak smoked free-range streaky bacon, house-made pickle sauce, shoe string onions, lettuce and tomato in a seeded challah bun. As you can see, the majority of their ingredients appear to be as animal friendly as possible, with the likes of free-range and home-made elements. My burger was massive, and I was pleased to taste the rich taste of stilton running through, despite the overwhelming amount of accompanying ingredients. It was as messy as it sounds, which tends to be a good sign in my eyes. They were both cooked to our choice and stayed true to request with a light line of pink running through the middle – always an impressive element at casual burger spots.

Despite the burgers being amazing, we both agreed that the star of the show was the rosemary salt chips. I am aware that they sound basic, but they differed that they tasted like beautifully seasoned miniature roast potatoes! I would go as far as to say that they are the best chips I have ever eaten. We chose courgette fritters as a second side which were served with spicy lime mayonnaise. They weren’t greasy in the slightest and were also dangerously moreish. The sauce was appropriately spicy and equally as impressive given that it was homemade. If we weren’t already spoilt for choice, they also make their own hot sauce, which held a good kick, without burning your throat. Additionally, the service was relatively fast despite the busy surrounding tables.

I was very happy to hear that they not only offer take out, but they open until 10pm, so it doubles up as the perfect lunch spot, as well as a great place to end the night. Controversially, Asado is in the running for the best burger in Bristol for me, staying closely behind hobgoblin until I try their chicken offerings.

Asado

8.5

Taste

9.0/10

Venue

8.5/10

Service

8.5/10

Value

8.0/10

Pros

  • Rosemary salt chips!!
  • Service
  • Cider/Beer selection
  • Quality of food
  • Homemade ingredients

Cons

  • Parking
  • Higher price