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SquareMeal Review of Casa

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Casamia in its final days was a dark, edgy gastro-dungeon - reflective of Peter Sanchez-Iglesias’ desire to buck trends and blur boundaries. Casa is a different beast entirely - the black walls have been whitewashed, the club-ready sound system has been turned down, and the tasting menu of old has gone, replaced by a sophisticated Italian a la carte. Still, if you come here thinking it’ll be your average posh pasta, get ready for a surprise - Sanchez-Iglesias doesn’t do ‘your average’ and his innovative spin on Italian classics is fresh, exciting and delicious.

The interiors are minimal - perhaps a touch spartan, but they give Casa the flexibility to host anything from big anniversary blowouts to casual catch ups over pasta. The house music that streams from the sound system might not be to everyone’s taste (like we said, Casa still has a few surprises up the sleeve), but when the food starts to arrive it becomes the least of your worries.

First there are dainty puffs of fried semolina, bursting with Parmesan cream. Crudo blue belly prawns have a tender sweetness and creaminess that really makes them a must order. The sourcing of cured meats and cheeses is first-rate, and like Paco Tapas next door, some of the best dishes are hiding in the scrawl of the specials - we stumble upon an outstanding bowl of mussels in ‘nduja cream, for example, where the shells make perfect little boats for scooping up sauce. Excellent focaccia handles the rest of the mop-job.

There’s a level of technical precision that makes Casa special too. The double agnolotti, for example, are exquisitely-crafted - two agnolotti folded from a single length of pasta, filled with pumpkin cream and ricotta respectively. This attention to detail carries through the service too - dishes arrive in nice little groupings, and the pacing is perfect. Former Casamia sommelier Tom Lakin has assembled a drinks list that runs very comfortably alongside too (we loved the cocoa rum, Cocchi Storico and maraschino cherry ‘Chocogroni’).

Dare we say it, our meal is also pretty great value at around £50 a head before drink. Casamia was always going to be a tough act to follow, but Casa steps into those shoes with aplomb.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cool, Cosy, Lively, Romantic, Widely spaced tables
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Special Features
Counter dining, Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Birthdays, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions


Casa restaurant takes up residence in the same building that was home to iconic Bristol restaurant Casamia for many years. Casamia, though best known as a highly-creative, avant-garde restaurant, started life as a casual neighbourhood trattoria. In closing Casamia and opening Casa, Peter Sanchez-Iglesias is taking the restaurant back to its roots, with elevated Italian fare. 

The 66-cover restaurant is relaxed but highly flexible, with a menu that makes Casa great for a special celebration, as well as a casual plate of pasta. Meanwhile, the family have revived much of the original crockery and tableware that featured in the original restaurant - another instance where Casa pays tribute to the legacy of Casamia. The interiors have been opened up to make the most of the views over picturesque Bathurst Basin, with maple and birch furniture built by local craftspeople.

The menu also brings back a number of classic dishes that once featured on the menu of Casamia in its early days. A signature potato ravioli, for example, comes with a Lion’s Mane mushroom ragu. The famous Sanchez-Iglesias tiramisu will also return, exactly as it used to be served. Like Sanchez-Iglesias' Michelin-starred Paco Tapas next door, menus feature handwritten annotations of daily specials, as well as a seasonally-changing menu that makes the most of top ingredients from great Italian and British producers. Also on the menu are dishes like fried semolina with Parmesan and prawn crudo, as well as platters of cured meats and cheeses. The pasta section features dishes like a seasonal agnolotti, and tortellini in brodo, and there are also fish and meat plates, such as veal ossobuco and bistecca alla Fiorentina to share. As well as the a la carte, Casa also has a chef's menu, which features a chef's choice of the best dishes of the day and saves you having to choose!


Who is the head chef at the restaurant?

The head chef is Joel Breakwell, who was previously head chef of Paco Tapas.

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Is there a tasting menu at the restaurant?

Not as such, but there is the option of a chef's selection, where you can choose to have the chef decide your order on your behalf!

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The General, Lower Guinea Street, Redcliffe, Bristol, BS1 6FU

0117 959 2884 0117 959 2884


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu 12:00-15:00
Fri 12:00-15:00
Sat 12:00-15:00
Sun Closed
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 17:00-23:00
Thu 17:00-23:00
Fri 17:00-23:00
Sat 17:00-23:00
Sun Closed


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Carol G

09 December 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Fantastic food , we were looked afteras soon as we walked through the door.

Everything was explained when served and a great atmosphere 

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