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Gars Chinese Restaurant

19 Prince Albert Street, Brighton BN1 1HF, England (Formerly Gar's Chinese Restaurant)
+44 (0)1273 321321
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Ranked #172 of 839 restaurants in Brighton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $60 - $85
Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Cuisines: Chinese
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: A Brighton institution in the heart of the famous Lanes, Gars has been serving Chinese food with attitude for nearly 30 years. This family-run restaurant is smart, sophisticated and streamlined, with polished bamboo flooring and modern silk shades. It’s set over three floors, with a private function room and bar downstairs (with the possibility of karaoke if the mood takes you), a ground-floor section with red-leather panelling and soft lighting, and the first-floor dining rooms. The food is a clever mix of classic and modern Chinese, alongside other Asian favourites like Thai green curry and salmon teriyaki. Start with tender beef carpaccio served with sesame and chilli dressing, then dither between fresh scallops in black bean sauce, lamb shanks with ginger and spring onions or the sensationally savoury Cantonese roast duck.
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English first
Stockholm, Sweden
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed our meal at Gars. Food was fantastic, wine was good and service impeccable. Hasn't changed a bit since we lived here 20 years ago - amazing to keep such a high standard for so long

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London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Went here last week for our relaxed evening meal. Have been a few times, and can honestly say the food is simply fantastic. Always fresh, top quality meat and quick and friendly service. Maybe a little on the pricy side, however you ay for quality and thats what you get here. Tip - Tables on the third floor are in... More

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Tonsberg,Norway
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

We found this restaurant the first time we went to Brighton 3-4 years ago. And was not disappointed this time either. Love there food, will go next time also.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I am not an expert on Chinese food, but eaten often in Soho when living in London, and known for authentic quality. Gars is as good as you will get in Brighton. The welcome and service you can't fault, and the food sufficient for a pleasant meal, whilst the decor is modern and the location right in the centre of... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Well this was a surprise. We were told to try it by our hoteliers and what a good choice. The food was tasty and hot/spicy. The presentation was great and the surroundings were upmarket. The only downside was that I thought I'd ordered a glass of wine for £6 but got given the bottle for £27 - wouldn't normally spend... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

There's a reason why Gars is popular with locals, because the food is great time and time again. The service is efficient, friendly and attentive too, which is why it's disappointing to see some of the reviews as I have never in my many years of coming here, experienced anything other than great food and service. My favourite... salt and... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

I have visited this restaurant several times, but this last visit was nothing special. The good is very samey, and even a little bland. The service was great, but this cannot always be the thing to make you return. Restaurants nowadays need to wow you, and I didn't leave the venue this time feeling that way. I only felt satisfied.

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Food is fantastic best chinese we have ever eaten even better than Londons China Town.Service is very good can get very busy at weekends so best to book

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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

My husband had the 5 spice ribs to start and declared them the best ever. I had the prawn toast which was also pretty good! The duck was good and we both enjoyed our main courses. The restaurant is a little more pricey than your average Chinese but well worth it and a lovely atmosphere for a normal, or special... More

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Confolens, France
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136 reviews 136 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

I used to come here every week 10( years ago but then went away to live .....just came back and got a "taste card" food discount card which gives 50 % of all food in midweek . My brothers Lady friend had flown in from The South of France prior to going to Ascot and we met up there at... More

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