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.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

RIP Gary Rhodes

As per The Caterer

A statement from the family said:
"The Rhodes family are deeply saddened to announce the passing of beloved husband, father and brother, Gary Rhodes OBE. Gary passed away last evening, Tuesday 26 November 2019, at the age of 59, with his beloved wife Jennie by his side. The family would like to thank everyone for their support and ask for privacy during this time."
A statement from Marriott said:
"The team at Grosvenor House Dubai and Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa are devastated to hear of the tragic passing of chef Gary Rhodes OBE. Not only has the industry lost a true culinary legend, we have also lost an inspirational human being and a very dear friend. No words can express our sadness at Gary’s death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Rhodes family."

Monday, October 07, 2019

Roast Saddle of Lamb - Boned and Rolled

I bought this lovely saddle of Sussex lamb from my good chum Derek Stott of D and D Family Butchers, which he kindly boned and rolled for me.

Simply roasted with some rosemary spuds, it was tender, succulent and delicious.

Monday, September 09, 2019

Chamuyo Argentinian Restaurant Brighton


62 Middle Street

☎️ 01273 748448


Eva and I only just heard about Chamuyo (slang meaning to "sweet talk" someone) last week (it has been open for almost a year), and went there for the first time on Friday night.


Chamuyo is a lively, busy cheerful restaurant. As the autumn sets in I would recommend you ask for a table away from the door (which was open to keep the staff cool).


The menu has an excellent selection of Argentinian steaks and meats including, rib-eye, fillet, chicken etc.


The service is friendly, professional and efficient.


Eva started with the chorizo Spanish Red Chorizo cooked in Malbec wine, with caramelised red onions. This was piquant and flavoursome, it was an excellent starter.

She then opted for the sirloin steak, a tender chargrilled succulent piece of meat that was full of flavour. I would note that the accompanying chimichurri sauce was a tad oily for our taste.

I started with Morcilla (black pudding), a plump succulent pudding that had been braised not fried. It was lovely.

I then had the 350 gram rib-eye steak. This was exceptionally flavoursome, with just the right amount of fat. It cut like butter!

My only criticism of the rib-eye, was that it was served on a wooden platter (a pet hate of mine); this means any juices either dribble off the side or are soaked up by the wood.

The bill, which included, service, wine and several sambucas (health and safety prevent them flaming them) came to £117.

Overall Opinion

We will most assuredly be going again, but next time I will ask for my steak to be served on a plate ;).

Friday, September 06, 2019

Don't Fuck With Traditional Italian Cuisine!

Full agree with the chef here.

BTW, that also means to don't put cream into carbonara!

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Bank Holiday Barbecue

In a most unusual set of circumstances, the weather conspired to be splendid for the August Bank Holiday.

I therefore bought a fine selection of meats (including some splendid wild boar sausages) from my good chum Derek Stott of D and D Family Butchers.

Bloody marvellous!

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Jamie Oliver's Inverted Snobbery Brought Him Down

Monday, August 19, 2019

Jamie Oliver Blames Brexit For His Failure


Monday, August 05, 2019

Monday, July 29, 2019

Pork Chops and Stuffing

My good chum Derek Stott, of D and D Family Butchers, cut me these magnificent Sussex pork chops.

I roasted them on top of a bed of my herb and onion stuffing.

They were bloody marvellous!

Saturday, July 20, 2019

English's of Brighton


English’s of Brighton
29-31 East Street
East Sussex

☎️ 01273 328645


Eva and I have been going to English's for many years, and have always had a great time there. Last night was no different!


English's serves a great selection of fish and seafood.

As per their site:

"English’s of Brighton is the oldest seafood restaurant in Brighton, and you’ll find us in the heart of the Lanes, nestled amongst its famous winding streets. The Leigh-Jones family have been here since 1945, and we’ve seen some familiar faces come and go. Pop in and take a look at our hall of fame and you’ll find signed photographs of Charlie Chaplin, Lily Savage and Judy Dench, amongst others -  or ask our staff about the ghostly gentlemen in an oversized top hat that can sometimes be seen walking through our kitchens.
Whether you’re looking for a traditional plate of seafood, or in the mood to sample our contemporary twist on classic dishes, our expert staff will make sure you order the right meal for you, with a wine to match perfectly. We offer a unique dining experience, and can accommodate parties of all sizes, from an intimate table for two to a restaurant wedding reception. In warmer weather there is no better place to dine than on our covered and heated terrace. Enjoy plates of fresh seafood, fine wines and warm sunshine, and watch the world go by with live jazz or opera playing regularly. Or take a seat at our stunning marble-topped oyster bar, where you can join us for a platter of oysters or a decadent three-course meal."

The menu has an excellent selection of seafood, fish, steaks and chops.


As per usual we were very warmly welcomed, the service from all the members of staff was (as ever) very friendly, personal, efficient and professional. We were even presented with a couple of glasses of champagne, on the house, when we sat down.


Eva started with the potted shrimp served with bread, dill, crème fraiche, nutmeg and cayenne. It was moist, flavoursome and lovely way to start the meal.

She then opted for the lemon sole fillets which came with parmesan potato puree, spinach, bacon and mushroom cream. The dish was delicately flavoured, no one element overpowering the others, and was thoroughly enjoyed by her.

I started with half a lobster thermidor, which came in a light mustard sauce. Bloody marvellous, next time I might have a whole one!

I then had the 10oz Sussex pork chop on the bone with chips and peas. It was great, the chop was tender, succulent and flavoursome.

The bill, which included, service, Bollinger and several flaming sambucas came to £219.

Overall Opinion

We love English's, and will most assuredly be going again!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

A Crime Against Nature - Cherry and Chilli Diet Coke!

This is clearly the creation of Beelzebub!

What worries me is why the hell is it sitting in my fridge?!

Monday, July 15, 2019

The Bayleaf Brighton


The Bayleaf Brighton
48-49 St James Street

☎️ 01273 626 900


Eva and I have been to the Bayleaf three times now, and have had a great time on each visit; Saturday night was no different.


The Bayleaf is a modern, vibrant Indian brasserie on the hub of St James Street.

As per their site:
"We are able to offer a variety of authentic dishes from all regions of India to suit individual requirements. Our extensive menu contains specialities from all regions of India, specialising in Tandoori, Khorai & Fish dishes. A private function room is available for private parties or conferences for up to 30 people.
Our secret lies in sourcing out fresh ingredients along with decades of experience in the Indian food industry. Our Chef meticulously mixes and blends the spices and herbs to create mouthwatering dishes for you to indulge and enjoy every time you visit."

The menu has an excellent selection of Indian dishes including the staples such as Madras, Vindaloo and Korma etc.


As per usual we were very warmly welcomed, the service from all the members of staff was (as ever) very friendly, efficient and professional.


Eva started with the Reshmi Kebab (minced chicken and herbs and spices) cooked in a charcoal oven. This is a delicately flavoured succulent kebab, well balanced in terms of heat and flavour. She was more than  happy with it, as it was well presented and perfectly balanced in taste.

She then opted for the Chicken Pathia with rice, a spicy sweet and sour dish, that gave just the right amount of heat and depth of flavour.

I started with the Chicken Milestone, chicken with green chillies and onions. This was splendid, a good sized portion and very tasty.

I then had the Chicken Madras with rice, just the right amount of heat and spices made this a very balanced and pleasant dish. My side dish of Tarak Dal complimented it perfectly.

I rarely have desserts, but saw that the Bayleaf had a lemon sorbet served in a lemon on the menu...."old skool!"..I had to have that. It was great, and the lemon was a stonkingly large size too!

The bill, which included, service, Prosseco and several flaming sambucas came to £110.

Overall Opinion

We are very happy to recommend the Bayleaf, and will most certainly be going again!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Brighton Beach Club


Brighton Beach Club
The Milkmaid Pavilion,
26 Kings Rd,

☎️ 01273 206523


As it was such a lovely day, yesterday Eva and I went to the Brighton Beach Club for a very late lunch.


As per their site:
"A fantastic two-floor pub and contemporary dining room that is literally on the beach next to the famous i360, with amazing outside terraces and unparalleled views across the sea. 

Join us for a drink, snack or something more substantial – you’ll find a wide range of tempting choices and our ‘Nippers menu’ will definitely appeal to our younger visitors! 

Thirsty? We offer a wide selection of wines, craft beers and specially crafted cocktails – or just sit and enjoy the view with a cuppa and a cake."
We sat at a table on the balcony overlooking the sea, and were bathed in glorious sunshine. Thus they are 100% correct about the location and view!


The menu has an excellent selection of dishes including, lobster, steak, pasta, crab etc.


We were very warmly welcomed, the service from various members of staff was very friendly, efficient and professional. They well deserved their tip which, by the way, doesn't go into the management's pockets (as is the case in some establishments) but does actually go to the staff!


Eva started with Smoked Hampshire Chalk Stream Farm trout, hot smoked salmon and asparagus, beetroot coulis and crème fraiche. She was more than  happy with it, as it was well presented and perfectly balanced in taste.

She then opted for the beer battered smoked haddock and chips. This too was excellent, the fish flaky and battered light and crisp. The tick cut chips were splendid, as were the Jersey Royals that we had as a side dish.

I started with the ham hock terrine with a dressed baby gem salad. It was absolutely lovely, a good sized portion and very tasty.

I then had the 28 day old Black Angus rib eye steak on the bone. It was splendid, cooked medium as requested. The meat was exceptionally tender, it cut like butter, and very flavoursome with just the right amount of fat.

The bill, which included, service, Pol Roger champagne, a splendid pecan pie, coffee and liqueurs came to £169.

Overall Opinion

Bloody marvellous in all respects!

We will most certainly be going again!

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Monday, July 08, 2019

Gammon and Parsley Sauce

I bought a very nice half gammon joint from my good friend Derek Stott, of D and D Family Butchers, the other day and had it with parsley sauce.


-curly parsley chopped


-simmer gammon for 20 minutes per pound
-melt butter and flour together, cook for a minute
-add milk on low heat, whisk until thick
-add parsley


It was excellent by the way!

Thursday, July 04, 2019

Monday, July 01, 2019


My good friend Derek Stott of D and D Family Butchers, supplied me with an excellent selection of chicken thighs, pork loin steaks, home made burgers and his own sausages for my barbecue.

It was bloody marvellous!

Monday, June 24, 2019

The Guinea Grill Breakfast

I have to say it looks impressive!

Thursday, June 06, 2019

Sea Haze Fresh Fish Shop Brighton Beach

Whenever I want good quality fresh local seafood, I buy it from Sea Haze on Brighton beach (established in 1994) in the fishing quarter.

Sea Haze Brighton
207 Kings Rd Arches
East Sussex

Open 7 days a week around 8:30am until 3:00pm, if its a nice day they open for longer.

They catch their own fish from their boats in the marina, and they also have a shellfish stall which is opposite the fish shop.

They also do a free delivery service please ring 01273 777007 for details.

The above photos are of some lovely dressed crab that I bought and ate the other day.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Rib Eye Steak

My thanks to my good chum Derek Stott of D and D Family Butchers, who cut me these two magnificent rib eye steaks.

As you can see from the dark colour they are properly aged! They also have a good amount of fat.
What do I always say?


I roasted them with a little olive oil, black pepper and two tomatoes.

They were absolutely superb, succulent and tender (they cut like butter).

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Jamie Oliver's Restaurants In Administration

It is hardly surprising the Oliver's restaurants went under, the growth in restaurants has been unsustainable!

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Pasta and Sausage Meat Bake

I bought some sausage meat from my good chum Derek Stott (of D and D Family Butchers) and made a simple, but very tasty, pasta bake with it.


-Eliche pasta
-Sausage Meat
-Fennel seeds (crushed)
-Garlic (chopped)
-Chopped tomatoes
-Tomato purée
-Chicken stock
-Olive oil


-Sauté the garlic and season in olive oil
-Add the meat
-Add tomatoes, lentils, stock, purée and fennel seeds
-Simmer for 30 minutes
-Cook the Eliche and tip into a casserole dish
-Add the sauce
-Sprinkle with Parmesan
-Bake for 25 minutes at 180


Monday, May 20, 2019

The Ivy Brighton Early Sunday Closing

Rather disappointed that, despite the Ivy's website saying they serve food until 10PM on Sunday, they in fact stopped at 9.30PM when we wandered in last night for dinner!

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Guinea Grill Now Serves Breakfast (£24)

It has been years since I have been to the Guinea Grill, but when I was last there it was great!

Friday, April 26, 2019

Not All Train Breakfasts Are Identical!

Tuesday, April 23, 2019


I bought two splendid French Poussin from my good chum Derek Stott (of D and D Family Butchers), and roasted them with carrots.

They were magnificent!


-white wine


-season the inside of the carcass
-put two peeled garlic cloves in each bird
-put a knob of butter in each carcass
-put the parsley and half a lemon in each carcass
-smear the bird with butter
-place in roasting dish and surround bird with carrots
-add white wine
-cover in foil
-roast at 180 for an hour
-remove foil and roast for another 15 minutes to brown birds

Monday, April 08, 2019

Roast Leg of Sussex Lamb

I bought this splendid leg of Sussex lamb from my good chum Derek Stott (of D and D Family Butchers) and roasted it with a little salt, pepper and olive oil.

Monday, April 01, 2019


I bought these splendid ribs from my good chum Derek Stott (of D&D Family Butchers) on Saturday, and roasted one plain with just salt and pepper and the other with a special glaze.

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 180
-Remove the foil and roast for another 20 minutes or so

Friday, March 08, 2019

Italian Night at The Dover Castle

Kudos and thanks to Chef Jason Bear and the good people of The Dover Castle for putting on an excellent Italian evening last night.

The food and atmosphere were great.

Double points to Jason for hand rolling his pasta with a rolling pin, not one of those fancy pasta rolling machines.

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Friday, March 01, 2019

Back Britain's Farmers - #MeatyMarch

Thursday, February 07, 2019

The Love Sausage