Popular Indian street food restaurant confirms 2020 Bristol opening

Slowly Mowgli, catchy monkey

Mowgli will finally open in Bristol, January 2020. After overcoming complex issues with restoring the listed building, founder Nisha Katona MBE took to Twitter to confirm the news to an eager fan.

The offering is at Mowgli is based on authentic dishes that Indians would eat at home or on the streets (in fact, the menu at Mowgli is comprised entirely of dishes from Nisha’s family’s recipes). Expect a casual vibe with big, bold flavours and a buzzing atmosphere. 

There’s no chicken tikka masala here (it simply does not exist in India); but if that’s your style, the butter chicken is the real deal, packed with tandoori chicken, simmered in a rich, sweet, spiced tomato and yoghurt sauce.

The restaurants are known in other locations (including Cardiff, Liverpool and Machester) for their distinctive restaurant decor, think tactile wood textures, exposed brick, no small amount of fairy lights, and even the odd swing. 

“It took us ages to find the right corner of this incredible city,” says founder Nisha Katona MBE. “You asked for a Mowgli in Bristol, and we trawled long and hard ever since”. 

Over on the drinks list, expect wines and beers, but take our advice and flip to the cocktail list for something with a bit of attitude. We’re eyeing up the smoked cardamom Old Fashioned made with Monkey Shoulder whisky, apricot liqueur, smoked freshly fired black cardamom and curry leaves.

Keep your eyes on the Mowgli Twitter account for the latest news on an opening date.