The brand already has two sites in Cheltenham and Oxford and was a runner-up in the Best Cheap Eats category at The Observer Food Monthly Awards in 2017.
Now the team has taken on two 80-cover locations in Bristol. The first will open on the city’s Gloucester Road on 5 October, with a second launching in The Triangle area in November.
The menus will feature more than 16 vegan dishes and the restaurant’s use of polenta flour means 70% of the menu is gluten free.
Dishes start from £2.50 and include tapas-style plates of hot battered spicy cuttlefish; Jaffna goat curry with potato; and hoppers – a bowl shaped coconut milk pancake served with sambal and salsa.
There’ll also be ‘Cocotails’ based on Ceylon Arrack, a Sri Lankan spirit made from fermented coconut sap, blended with flavours such as pineapple and turmeric.
Coconut Tree was founded by five Sri Lankan friends and is looking to expand across the UK.
Its growth is being supported by brand director Anna Garrod, former Po Nana MD and head of brand and revenue at The Lucky Onion.