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.

AMBIENCE

–¬†location:¬†¬†Small¬†neighborhood¬†establishment¬†about¬†2¬†miles¬†walk¬†from¬†the¬†City¬†Center.¬†Kitchen¬†20¬†feet¬†from¬†our¬†table¬†with¬†door¬†open¬†and¬†classical¬†music¬†playing.¬†Chef¬†cooks!¬†¬†This¬†is¬†his¬†home

–¬†character¬†and¬†atmosphere:¬†¬†Tiny,¬†friendly,¬†neighborhood¬†restaurant¬†with¬†16¬†seats.

–¬†style¬†and¬†comfort:¬†¬†Think¬†eating¬†at¬†home¬†with¬†a¬†slightly¬†better¬†Chef.

–¬†table¬†and¬†glassware:¬†¬†Functional.

–¬†other¬†guests:¬†Local.

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

SERVICE

–¬†reception:¬†¬†Chef/Owner¬†welcomed¬†us¬†joking¬†about¬†my¬†“loads¬†of¬†dietary¬†restrictions”.¬†¬†He¬†is¬†a¬†no-nonsense¬†sort¬†of¬†fella.

–¬†floor¬†staff¬†(knowledge¬†and¬†presentation¬†of¬†food,¬†attention¬†to¬†details¬†and¬†awareness¬†of¬†guests):¬†¬†Wife,¬†son,¬†daughter¬†and¬†¬†Father-Chef¬†handle¬†everything.¬†¬†When¬†they¬†say¬†“home-made”,¬†they¬†well¬†and¬†truly¬†mean¬†it!

–¬†sommelier,¬†maitre’d,¬†chef,¬†manager:¬†¬†Seriously?

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

FOOD

–¬†bread:¬†Basic,¬†good,¬†fresh¬†and¬†they¬†charge¬†for¬†it…so¬†skip.

–¬†ingredients:¬†¬†Very¬†fresh¬†as¬†he¬†mentioned¬†how¬†many¬†portions¬†of¬†each¬†item¬†he¬†happened¬†to¬†have.

–¬†presentation:¬†¬†Simple.¬†¬†His¬†son¬†and¬†daughter¬†learning¬†from¬†Mom.

–¬†creativity:¬†¬†Simple

–¬†taste:¬†¬†Huge¬†flavors.¬†A¬†tad¬†too¬†much¬†salt,¬†which¬†seems¬†to¬†be¬†very¬†British.

–¬†smell:¬†¬†Big.

–¬†execution:¬†¬†Very¬†good.

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

*  Tomato, pepper and basil soup yummy.

*  Lobster bisque with actual shell flavor excellent.

*  Crayfish and avocado salad great flavors and fresh greens.  Lettuce excellent. Big flavor!

*  Mozzarella, tomato, sun-dried tomato and green salad tres yummy. Big flavor. Basil and Muscatel dressing.

*  Turbot in butter and wine sauce and capers. with chips. Classic and good, albeit a bit too heavy on the butter.

*  Duck with garlic mash and green beans in red wine sauce. Garlic mash fantastic.  Duck a bit chewy, but good flavor.

WINE

–¬†selection:¬†¬†Awful.

–¬†variety:¬†¬†Awful

–¬†value:¬†¬†Excellent

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

Meursault Pierre Andre au Chateau de Corton Andre 2008. Village wine on last leg, but 

MISC

–¬†type¬†of¬†cuisine:¬†¬†French

–¬†dress¬†code:¬†¬†Underwear¬†optional
–¬†opening¬†hours
7pm
–¬†overall¬†rating¬†(1¬†to¬†5¬†thumbs¬†up/down)

Menu/Price

GastroNaughties’¬†Restaurants in UK and Dublin

 

La Marinade 

Chef Nick Lang

77 st. georges street, kemp town, brighton, bn2 1ef
United Kingdom

http://www.lamarinaderestaurant.co.uk

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