Restaurant Reviews

Restaurant Reviews and Food Musings

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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 musings on food with you.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

English's of Brighton



Restaurant

English’s of Brighton
29-31 East Street
Brighton
East Sussex
BN1 1HL

☎️ 01273 328645

Overview

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!

Ambience

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."
Menu

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

Service

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.

Food

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



Restaurant

The Bayleaf Brighton
48-49 St James Street
Brighton
BN2 1RG


☎️ 01273 626 900

Overview

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.

Ambience

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."
Menu

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

Service

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

Food

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



Restaurant

Brighton Beach Club
The Milkmaid Pavilion,
26 Kings Rd,
Brighton
BN1 2LN

☎️ 01273 206523

Overview

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


Ambience

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!

Menu

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

Service

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!

Food

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.

Ingredients

-curly parsley chopped
-butter
-flour
-milk

Method

-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

Enjoy!

It was excellent by the way!

Thursday, July 04, 2019

Monday, July 01, 2019

Barbecue



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
Brighton
East Sussex
BN1 1NB

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?

FAT MEANS FLAVOUR!

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.

Ingredients

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

Method

-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

Enjoy!

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

Poussin


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!

Ingredients

-poussin
-parsley
-garlic
-salt/pepper
-butter
-lemon
-carrots
-white wine

Method

-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

Ribs


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!

Ingredients

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

Method

-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