Restaurant Reviews

Restaurant Reviews

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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 views on food, with you.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Saltier Than The Sea

Saltier Than The Sea

In this age of "saltism" it comes as no surprise to learn that poor old Jamie Oliver has been on the receiving end of criticism from the anti salt brigade, re Jamie Oliver's pasta sauce.

Seemingly, if the hype is to be believed, it contains more salt that 10 bags of crisps and even the sea!

Frankly this criticism is a load of BS.

Salt is perfectly harmless to those in good health, indeed it is a necessary component of our diet.

Excess salt, in a healthy person, is easily excreted via sweat and urine.

It is a fuss over nothing, whipped up by ignorant pressure groups and the media.

The ingredient that does need to be cut down on in all our foods is sugar.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

The Setting Sun Brighton

The Setting Sun Brighton

1 Windmill Street,
Brighton,
BN2 0GN

0872 148 6119

Eva and I regularly dine in this fine gastro pub, not only because it is a mere two minutes walk from our home, but because the food is excellent.

The Setting Sun is more of a wine bar/bistro rather than "pub" in the strictest sense of the word. It has light wood flooring, large leather sofas, bistro style wooden tables, a conservatory and a patio that affords stunning views of Brighton (if you can find seat there in the summer).

The atmosphere is often lively, yet cosy and intimate (each table has a candle).

The menu, chalked up on a blackboard, changes with the season and currently includes; soup, sausage and mash, fish and chips, burgers, chicken in a cream and mushroom sauce and pumpkin risotto etc.

The staff are friendly and very cheerful, they even manage to put up with me!

The chef is a real find, her food is excellent, and the pub will be lose a real asset if she ever leaves.

All in all an excellent place for a bistro meal, usually (with a bottle of wine) it will not set you back more than £40 for two.

Well worth visiting!

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Opening a Can

Opening a Can

I have never seen anyone attempt to open a canned product using a kitchen knife before.

What were these people thinking of, and why were they even selected to appear on "The Restaurant" out of over 9,000 applicants?

Monday, November 02, 2009

The Coach House Brighton Revisited

The Coach House Brighton Revisited

Eva and I often enjoy dining in the Coach House, and were there last Friday evening.

However, although we enjoyed ourselves, it was evident that the kitchen was a little out of "sync" that evening. The saute potatoes were under cooked, my liver not rare (as requested) and the main courses took around 40 minutes to arrive after the starters had been cleared away.

That being said restaurants are run by human beings, not robots, sometimes things go wrong; the world continues to spin on its axis, and we will continue to visit the Coach House.