A Night at Voodoo-Q Bristol
Voodoo-Q – A Lovely Surprise!
So this weekend I was staying down in Bristol. My initial thought was to try out Grillstock or Spitfire Barbecue, but I had a quick chat with Nathan from KungfuBBQ who suggested trying out Voodoo-Q. I owe that man a big thank you!
I checked out the Voodoo-Q website, and the menu looked really good. They don’t have online booking, so I gave them a call and managed to get a table for 730pm.
We arrived at the restaurant around 715pm. It is on Gloucester Road which I believe is a student area of the city. There were a number of independent restaurants in this area. Voodoo-Q has a few tables outdoors at the front of the restaurant, together with a Traeger running, which we later found out had some Chicken Wings and Pit Beans on. Definitely creates a nice smell to entice people in.
We opted for a table inside and when we arrived there were plenty of tables available. However, within 15 minutes the place filled up to a point were no tables free.
The decor is quite simple and not really decorated in a BBQ style. It could actually just be bar. It is a long, thin restaurant with a bar at the far end. They had a good selection of drinks but no beer or lager on draught.
There was 2 staff on, who did a superb job. Although Voodoo-Q filled up pretty quick, the service was still spot on.
Onto the Food & Drink
As they didn’t have any draught, our waiter suggested trying a local bottled beer from the Wiper and True called Kaleidoscope. It is a Pale Ale and came in a 500ml bottle. Really enjoyable beer.
The drinks came pretty quick and whilst we were deciding what to order, they bought some complimentary Corn Bread with Lime and Chilli butter which was delicious. All the signs were looking great!
I think the menu is great at Voodoo-Q. They don’t really have starters and mains but have a section called ‘Small Offerings’. These are basically items that you could have as a main but just served in a smaller portion to give you the opportunity to try a few things. They also have a good selection of Hot Dogs and Burgers, together with options for kids.
We also laughed at an option on the menu called The High Priest Challenge Burger. You need to pre-order this but it is 5 6oz burgers plus bacon, cheese, pork, and brisket. If you finish in an hour your efforts will be rewarded. Sounds like a Man V Food challenge to me.
We decided to order some ‘Small Offerings’ as a starter and then both ordered a main. For the starter, we went for Brisket Burnt Ends, Chicken Wings, and the Spicy Traffic Light Sausage Roulette. They were good sized portions and plenty there to share.
Everything was good but my favourite was the Burnt Ends, followed by the Wings and then the Sausage. My son loved the Wings, then Sausage and then the Burnt Ends. I could have very easily worked my way through all the ‘Small Offerings’.
Onto the Mains
For main, I ordered the Brisket and my son had the Pulled Pork. Both were served in a bun with a side of fries, pickles, and slaw. We also ordered some Mac ‘n’ Cheese on the side which was sprinkled with thyme on the crust, which was something different, but again really tasty.
My son devoured the pulled pork. It was delicious, quite smokey with the right amount of sauce. My brisket had a fantastic smoke ring and tasted great but it wasn’t as tender as brisket I have had previously. Overall though, it was really tasty and I also enjoyed the side of fries which had a sprinkling of their Voodoo dust.
Overall this meal was fantastic. Unfortunately, these days when I eat out in a restaurant I often end up feeling a little disappointed. This was definitely not the case with Voodoo-Q. The service was great, the food was great and Voodoo-Q has a really nice atmosphere.
If you like BBQ or want to try some good BBQ food, I would highly recommend visiting this place if you are in Bristol. I will be returning and I think next time will work my way through the ‘Small Offerings’.