Restaurant Reviews

Restaurant Reviews and Food Musings


Fed up with celebrity chefs drizzling sauces over undercooked pieces of meat? I am!

I regularly dine out and am happy to share my restaurant experiences, and musings on food with you.

Monday, August 02, 2021

Spare Ribs


I bought these splendid chunky spare ribs from the good people of Clark's Meat and Poultry and roasted them with my special sauce.

They were succulent, tender and sublime!


-garlic chopped
-ginger grated
-soy sauce
-scotch bonnet sauce
-hoi sin sauce
-lemon juice
-paprika powder
-tomato puree
-Worcestershire sauce
-olive oil


-Mix the ingredients
-Coat the ribs
-Put the ribs in a roasting pan and cover with silver foil
-Roast for 1.5 hours at 160
-Remove the foil and roast for another 10 minutes or so at 180

Monday, July 26, 2021

Pavel - Brighton


Despite having lived in Brighton for many years, we have never tried Pavel (a hidden gem of an Indian restaurant in Kemptown).

We remedied that on Saturday night, and had a really excellent evening.

The service was friendly, cheerful and efficient.

The food was spot on, a good selection of choices and fantastic flavours, we loved it.

I even had mulligatawny soup, something I haven't had for a few years! 

Oh, and by the way, the Chablis was superb.

40 St James's Street

01273 369 2711

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

The Bristol Bar Brighton


Those of you who want a good meal, in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere with a view of the sea should go to the Bristol Bar on Marine Parade (between Brighton pier and the marina).

To celebrate Freedom Day, and the fact that the weather was decent, we went there last night for dinner.

I am happy to recommend the Bristol. 

  • Our welcome was warm, and the staff are friendly professional and efficient.
  • The ambience is relaxed and very comfortable.
  • The menu suits all tastes, and the food was very good - tasty and well presented.

It is well worth a visit!

Bristol Bar
Paston Place
01273 605687

Friday, July 16, 2021

The Belgian Cafe Eastbourne


Whenever we are in Eastbourne, we always make time to visit the Belgian Cafe (11 Grand Parade 01323 729 967).

As per its website: 

"We are famous for our freshly prepared seafood specialities, including 50 different ways to enjoy mussels and our amazing selection of over 50 bottled Belgian beers. Since December 2014 we have been producing our own home-brewed beer right here on the premises called ‘Beer Me Brewery’.

Established in 1999, the Belgian Cafe (formerly Cafe Belge) is a recent winner of the local Sovereign Award for Eastbourne’s best restaurant and was nominated for the Les Routier restaurant award in 2013. We offer casual dining with exceptional service, not only the best of seafood dishes, but also a great selection of meat and poultry, salads and vegetarian options.

Our passion for food and quality drinks have always been our main drive. After years of studies, hard work and tasting, since December 2014 we are really proud to brew our own beers on site.

We select and use only the best ingredients, focusing on the purest brewing laws. Our beers are unfiltered and served fresh directly from the brewery. Our aim is to bring you a great and unique taste at the best price."

We popped in for lunch last Monday and had two bowls of mussels, and some fizz.

The food was excellent, and the warmth of our reception, professionalism of service and friendliness of staff were all top notch.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Toreros Tapas Restaurant & Bar - Eastbourne


Those of you looking for good quality, authentic tapas in Eastbourne should visit:

Toreros Tapas Restaurant & Bar 

193 Terminus road


BN21 3DH 

01323 351475

It has over 60 dishes, including paella; and a good selection of Spanish wines.

We thoroughly enjoyed the dishes we chose, I was particularly impressed with the tortilla which had a nice peppery twang to it. 

The welcome was warm and the service was very friendly and efficient, and we were even allowed to borrow an umbrella at the end of the meal to get back to our hotel as it was tipping down (we duly returned it the next morning).

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

The Rostick Revisited


Kudos and thanks to Lorenzo Cinalli and Lonela "Nelly" Pricop and the good people of the Rostick Restaurant in Eastbourne for our very warm welcome, professional friendly service and exceptional food.

It has been three years since we last went there (see review), but thanks to the none too "small" matter of the pandemic our plans to revisit were delayed until last Saturday.

We were not disappointed, it was bloody brilliant!

Monday, June 21, 2021

The Victory Brighton - Not Welcoming

I was unimpressed with the "welcome" by The Victory pub in Brighton. 

We came for a drink, the pub was not at all busy. 

However, I was told that if I did not order via the app (even though I was talking face to face with staff) the service would be slow. 

We went elsewhere.

The hospitality trade has been wrecked by Covid, to drive customers away is bonkers!

Wednesday, June 09, 2021

Advice To Chefs - Don't Cut The Roe Off Scallops!


The roe is the best part of the scallop, why on earth do some chefs chop it off (as in the Ivy London see above photo)?

Here's how they are meant to look (photo below shows my home cooked version).


Tuesday, June 08, 2021

The Hospitality Sector is Fucked!


Friday, June 04, 2021

£10 Credit for Good Egg Fellas Eggs

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Maggie Jones's - Always a Pleasure


It has been quite a while (several years in fact) since I have been to Maggie Jones's, therefore it was a great pleasure to visit it yesterday (now that we are allowed to go inside pubs and restaurants again).

I am more than delighted to say that it is as good as it ever was (even though, because of Covid distancing restrictions in the kitchen, the menu is more modest than usual).

We had a great meal, with friendly and attentive service.

Kudos and hat tip to Christine (the boss) who remembered me, and seated us in my favourite booth!

Friday, May 14, 2021

Drink for Britain


Monday, April 12, 2021

Roast Boned, Rolled Shoulder of New Season Sussex Lamb

My thanks to the good people of Clark's Meat and Poultry for a most excellent boned, rolled shoulder of new season Sussex lamb.

I roasted it and the joint was tender, succulent and the taste sublime.