The Café opens in the morning for a late breakfast of Bocadillo de Bacon (that great British favourite) and goes on into the evening for Tapas and Paella. We sampled a set menu of all the favourite Tapas – Jamon, meatballs, Patatas Bravas and Calamari followed by Paella and Churros with chocolate sauce for dessert. Unfortunately I was enjoying the food so much that I forgot to take many photos of it before it disappeared.
Naturally amongst the usual topics of work and family there was some talk of travel around the table, for example;
The experience of taking three children on a round-the-world gap year as one couple had done, They found that in South America everyone was horrified that they should risk taking their children to Asia, while in Asia everyone thought they were reckless parents taking their children to South America. In fact on both continents, they received friendship and hospitality;
A recent trip to Whistler in Canada to ski on the glacier in June where a number of bears were spotted on the mountainside;
The beauty and prosperity of Zimbawe before it’s decline under the current regime;
And the delightful squares, boulevards, architecture and music to be found in the city of Krackow in Poland. There are so many economic migrants from Poland in the UK now that Easyjet is putting on extra flights and it seems right to pay them a return visit.
I love the atmosphere of the place which is relaxed and friendly with excellent food – and it’s a stone’s throw from our house too. There’s an estate agent going by the same name of Ocean right next door, but I forgot to ask whether this is a happy co-incidence. Perhaps it was opened there to provide an after-work drinking hole for the agents after a hard day flogging expensive property to the well-heeled residents of Bristol.
Either way, I’d happily recommend Ocean Café to you if you fancy a little taste of Spain in Bristol.
Ocean Café, 185 Whiteladies Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2RY, Tel 0117 946 9825
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