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“One of the Best” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mascara

Mascara
101 Western Road, Brighton BN1 2AA, England
+44 1273 278185
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Ranked #27 of 876 Restaurants in Brighton
Price range: $24 - $33
Cuisines: African
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Brighton,UK
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17 reviews 17 reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“One of the Best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

Having eaten around the world, sometimes you need a Michellin Restaurant, sometimes fine five star dining, but more often than not just a good place for an evening out with good ambiance, quality food and outstanding service with friendly wait staff. This place has it all! When we walked in, the tables were immaculately set with quality polished stemware and we wre greeted and ushered to a table which wasn't to our liking (I'm really particular about this) - "not a problem please chose any table you wish we will adjust our other guest reservations around". We had difficulty in choosing a starter- "may I bring you a meze selection from the menu" Brilliant! Wines- not a big selection but with a NZ SauvBl and a Chilean Merlot who needs anything else. We chose a Rose which was very good indeed. Mains - Tender lamb shank and perfect marianaded grilled sliced lamb in portions too big for a single serving. We are foodies and talked to Aroun our waiter about the food and ingredients. He answered our questions and, then on a house full night, the chef came to our table to talk about North African Cooking. No room for deserts so we were given complementary liqueurs and on paying the bill, the chef brought out a container of preserved lemons and Harrisa paste for us.
Do I really need to say more? Go and judge for yourself but look at their web site and be sure to make a reservation. Don't confuse this restaurant with Macara (Turkish) in Church Road another excellent restaurant that is so popular you need to reserve a table on a Monday night in winter!

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Brighton, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Great food and service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

Excellent food, wonderful homemade bread, very tasty food and welcoming helpful service. Very good cocktails. Some of the tables for two at the front are a bit tight but the music is not too loud and atmosphere very good. Would definitely come back.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Hove, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Amazing service and amazing food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

I went here with 13 friends for my birthday back on 21st October and it was superb! The serivice was friendly, welcoming and to such a high standard. Even though the restaurant was full and they were really busy, this didn't affect the level of service or the food, which was also amazing - really lovely flavours and quality. I also felt the value for money was excellent. Great that you can bring your own alcohol. Would 100% recommend and will definitely be going back again.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Excellent morrocan cuisine!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

My boyfriend and I went here for a bit of a change of scenery and Mascara certainly delivered. It has a cosy atmosphere and the food was all excellent. The house red was incredible value and really tasty - a nice surprise!
My boyfriend did struggle with the low chairs a bit (he's 6'2") but it didn't bother him at all. Just a heads up if you're tall!
The service was great and a short performance from a dancer was really fun.
Really good value and a great way to spend a cosy evening with your better half :)

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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Very Authentic Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Very good food and plenty of it if your having the marinated shoulder. Haroun is a very pleasant man very friendly and welcoming. Recommend.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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