Over the previous couple of years, The Plumed Serpent has popped up in numerous locations round Bristol, serving its Mexican-inspired bar meals in pubs reminiscent of Small Bar in King Avenue and The Hillgrove Porter Shops in Kingsdown.
The backstreet Bristol pop-up serving the most effective tacos ‘this facet of Mexico Metropolis’
It has now popped up once more at The Volunteer Tavern, an award-winning pub a stone’s throw from Cabot Circus, the place will probably be for the subsequent three months.
The Plumed Serpent is run by husband and spouse workforce Ed and Laura Bevan and though it began out as one thing of a sideline for the couple, it has turn into extra of a full-time enterprise since Ed left his day job with the NHS to focus on tacos and tortilla chips.
Ed is joined within the tiny kitchen behind the bar by sous chef Chris Fay, who beforehand labored at Chomp, arguably Bristol’s finest burger joint.
The Volunteer Tavern is a perfect place to have a good time this month’s Veganuary, not simply because The Plumed Serpent’s menu options various vegan choices, but additionally as a result of it serves the cheekily named vegan-friendly beer Texas Wears Lingerie.
In addition to tacos, The Plumed Serpent’s menu contains Mexican corn fritters with chipotle mayo (£4.95), corn tortilla chips (from £3.95 for the salsa rojo to £5.50 for the ‘kimcheese’ sauce) and additional treats reminiscent of refried black beans with feta (£2.95) and guacamole (£2.50).
There are 4 various kinds of tacos (£6.95), every comprising three mushy corn tortillas served with completely different fillings and topped with coriander, pickled jalapeños and radishes. The freshly made salsas – salsa verde or salsa rojo – are 50p further.
I went for the smoked mushrooms, charred pepper vegan cream and leeks – three delicate corn tortillas, every artfully organized with slices of meaty, juicy, smoked mushrooms and a tangle of crisp leeks, fiery chillies and funky, crunchy radish, dribbled with charred pepper ‘cream’. It was an explosion of flavours and contrasting textures, the mushrooms oozing their juices like probably the most succulent steak.
For these of you not sticking to Veganuary, the chorizo and potato tacos with poblano chilli and feta will definitely fulfill the meat eaters.