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‘German favourites’ on menu of new restaurant in historic building

By martin booth, Monday Sep 14, 2020

A new restaurant, bar and outdoor terrace within one of Bristol’s oldest buildings is set to open in October.

Klosterhaus promises to serve “classic food paying homage to the dining scene of grand mittel-European cafes”.

It will be found within Quakers’ Friars, an 18th-century Friends’ meeting house attached to fragments of a medieval Dominican friary.

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The restaurant will be spread over two floors, with Klosterhaus’ island bar set to be the centrepiece of the ground floor.

It will open in what was previously Brasserie Blanc, which was one of the most established businesses in Cabot Circus until it closed in September 2019.

Klosterhaus will be the D&D London restaurant group’s first venture in the South West – image: D&D London

The menu is being developed by executive head chef Bjoern Wassmuth from sister restaurant German Gymnasium in Kings Cross, also owned by D&D London.

Food promises to be “broad-ranging featuring some Mittel-European classics and German favourites inspired by chef Bjoern’s German heritage”.

Dishes will include a soused herring with herring caviar, sweet mustard, potato and apple salad; German chicken and veal schnitzels; and slow roasted free range duck, potato dumpling and braised red cabbage.

The centrepiece of Cabot Circus’ Quakers Friars was previously Brasserie Blanc – photo: Brasseire Blanc

European wines will be on the drinks list alongside both German and more local beers from Bristol Beer Factory.

An array of beers from 229-year-old German brewery Rothaus, located at an altitude of 1000m in the Black Forest, will be available by the glass, mug or stein.

D&D London chairman, Des Gunewardena, said: “Quakers Friars is an absolute gem of a building and I hope that Klosterhaus will bring it to life.”

Main image: D&D London

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