You’ll find this Middle Eastern grill south of the city centre in Bedminster, but the good value on offer and the friendly welcome from the staff ensures that Papa Grill draws a loyal clientele from all over Bristol. The kitchen sends out big portions of colourful food, with an emphasis on Syrian and Lebanese recipes, washed down with fresh juices and yoghurt drinks.
As you’d expect, kebabs form the centre of the menu: there are lamb and chicken doners, but chicken or lamb shish, chicken shawarma or lamb kofte are more authentic calls, served with rice, chips or bread.
Groups should consider a platter to share. The whole chicken comes Syrian style on a platter with rice and chips, garlic, chilli and flatbread or there are platters for up to six to share piled high with kebabs, chicken wings and salad.
If you’d like to get your meat fix without going down the Middle Eastern route, there are breaded chicken and piri piri chicken burgers, as well as some pretty creative beef burgers. The French comes with blue cheese, the Mexicana is topped with jalapeno peppers or go all out with the Meat Feast burger: an 8oz beef patty sandwiched in a bun with breaded chicken fillet, crispy doner, pepperoni, four American cheese slices and salad.
Lebanese wraps are another good shout, with veggie options including halloumi or cauliflower as well as more variations on the lamb and chicken formula, with a salad on the side.
Despite all of that meat on the menu, you might be surprised to learn that several of the dishes are suitable for vegans and those following a gluten-free diet. Try the falafel, the Lebanese aubergine classic of baba ganoush, warak inab (vine leaves stuffed with rice) or fried cauliflower served with tahini.
Note that takeaway is also available if you don’t fancy eating in.