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La Marinade ūüĎć

We¬†chose¬†this¬†restaurant¬†because¬†the¬†Website¬†quite¬†playfully¬†explains¬†he¬†cooks¬†every¬†dish¬†and¬†has¬†no¬†interest¬†in¬†being¬†a¬†“celebrity”¬†chef.¬†¬†I¬†loved¬†the¬†attitude¬†of¬†the¬†Chef¬†on¬†his¬†Website. Although¬†the¬†food¬†was¬†good,¬†he¬†is¬†not¬†at¬†risk¬†of¬†joining¬†the¬†likes¬†of¬†Pierre¬†Gagnaire¬†or¬†Robuchon,¬†albeit¬†he¬†would¬†beat¬†the¬†pants¬†off¬†of¬†Jamie¬†Oliver!

In our experience, this little neighborhood kitchen was the best food in Brighton.

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Pub du Vin, Brighton ūüĎĆ

 

Near the City Centre, a few hundred yards from the beach.  It frankly reads much better on the Website than it is.

AMBIENCE

–¬†location:¬†Just¬†off¬†the¬†beach¬†on¬†a¬†small¬†side¬†street.¬†¬†Part¬†of¬†Hotel¬†du¬†Vin.

–¬†character¬†and¬†atmosphere:¬†¬†Cute.¬†¬†Staff¬†friendly.

–¬†style¬†and¬†comfort:¬†¬†Fashionable,¬†pub¬†with¬†cool¬†tables,¬†some¬†made¬†of¬†sewing¬†machine¬†legs.

–¬†table¬†and¬†glassware:¬†¬†Basic.

–¬†other¬†guests:¬†¬†British.¬†¬†We¬†unluckily¬†chose¬†Brighton¬†when¬†there¬†was¬†a¬†long¬†weekend.

–¬†ambience¬†rating¬†(1¬†to¬†5¬†thumbs¬†up/down)

SERVICE

–¬†reception:¬†¬†Friendly,¬†albeit¬†not¬†readily¬†obvious¬†how¬†to¬†do¬†their¬†jobs.

–¬†floor¬†staff¬†(knowledge¬†and¬†presentation¬†of¬†food,¬†attention¬†to¬†details¬†and¬†awareness¬†of¬†guests):¬†¬†Friendly.¬†More¬†staff¬†than¬†patrons¬†so¬†very¬†attentive.¬†That¬†has¬†changed¬†by¬†1:30pm,¬†but¬†service¬†still¬†good.

–¬†sommelier,¬†maitre’d,¬†chef,¬†manager:¬†¬†Nope.¬†¬†Pub¬†du¬†VIN?¬†¬†C’mon…

–¬†service¬†rating¬†(1¬†to¬†5¬†thumbs¬†up/down)

FOOD

–¬†bread:¬†¬†Basic,¬†but¬†fresh¬†and¬†good.

–¬†ingredients:¬†¬†Good.

–¬†presentation:¬†¬†Simple.

–¬†creativity:¬†¬†Nope.

–¬†taste:¬†¬†Good¬†flavors.

–¬†smell:¬†¬†Good.

–¬†execution:¬†¬†Easy.

–¬†food¬†rating¬†(1¬†to¬†5¬†thumbs¬†up/down)

*  Cream of Tomato.  Good, but thin and small flavor.

*  Buffet of greens, seafood, meats and fish. Very nice.

*  Fish pie. Very good once you get past the pie.

*  Roasted chicken. Half a chicken. M has no chance to finish!  Very basic.

WINE

–¬†selection:¬†¬†Small.

–¬†variety:¬†¬†Good.¬†Many¬†by¬†125ml¬†or¬†175ml,¬†which¬†is¬†great!

–¬†value:¬†¬†Reasonable.

–¬†wine¬†rating¬†(1¬†to¬†5¬†thumbs¬†up/down)
 because of 125ml glasses, which allows trying several wines. Otherwise .

Nine beers on tap.  It should be Pub du Beer.

125mls of:

* White Rioja Bodega Ostatu 2012. I think Vermintino or Verdeho. A bit of body.

* Alvarino Trajavura Quinto do Regueira   Light, fun and typical.

* Sauvignon Blanc Arinto Felix Rocha Portugal. A bit of barrel so less tangy.

*  Sauvignon Blanc Tinpot Hut New Zealand.  Typical. Most expensive, which is pure comedy.

* Viognier Goats do Roam in the Village South Africa. Fairly big, slightly tart, reasonable finish.

* Chardonnay Hotel du Vin 2011. France. Fresh, but not worth my quota.

MISC

–¬†type¬†of¬†cuisine:¬†¬†Gastropub.

–¬†dress¬†code:¬†¬†Underwear¬†optional

–¬†overall¬†rating¬†(1¬†to¬†5¬†thumbs¬†up/down)

GastroNaughties’¬†Restaurants in UK and Dublin

Pub du Vin

Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AD
United Kingdom

https://www.hotelduvin.com/locations/brighton/pub-du-vin/

GastroNaughties’ Restaurant Ratings Criteria

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The Fishbowl Pub ūüĎĆ

 

A truly dumpy pub just off the beach with six beers on tap, tattooed barman and a lot of stale air.  Fish and Chips with pepper, curry and soy sauce batters as well as mushy peas and salad. Good 

This dump, arguably, sums up my feelings for Brighton.

The Fishbowl Pub 
74 East St Brighton, Brighton
United Kingdom

https://www.facebook.com/fishbowlbrighton

 

GastroNaughties’¬†Restaurants in UK and Dublin