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“Very good food, sensibly priced”
Review of Sam's of Brighton - CLOSED

Sam's of Brighton
Price range: $16 - $45
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Located on Paston Place in the heart of Kemp Town village, Sam's of Brighton is a stone's throw from the Brighton Pier and the Marina. Sister restaurant to Sam's of Sevendials in the heart of Brighton, this chic and elegant family-owned bistro - with an understated neutral colour scheme, wooden floors and deco-inspired lamps - is popular with a fashionable local crowd. Sam's serves classic yet creative dishes made from the finest seasonal ingredients, and the restaurant's award-winning menu features favourites such as the Shetland rope-grown mussels with spiced coconut, vanilla, and red peppers; roast rabbit loin served with soft polenta and savoy cabbage; and the rice pudding with blood orange for dessert. Sam's also has an excellent selection of both old and new world wines, many available by the glass and carafe. Sam's of Brighton was voted "Runner Up BEST UK NEWCOMER" by the Harden's Guide 2010.
Sheffield
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201 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“Very good food, sensibly priced”
Reviewed July 16, 2013

Very good food, much of it locally sourced. Good bread came with an oil and balsamic vinegar dip. Ridgeview 'Fitzrovia' Rose was £8.00 a glass, a dozen Carlingford Irish rock oysters were served with chopped shallots in red wine vinegar and were £9.50 a half dozen. A bottle of Chilean Pedro Ximenez Elki Vina Falernia (£18.50) did not sit well with the shallot vinegar in the oysters but thereafter revealed a delicate and interesting wine. The excellent main courses were Sussex slow roast belly of pork with sautéed gnocchi, crispy bacon, peas and girolle mushrooms at £14.50 and good quality roast rump of South Down's lamb, cooked slightly pink, and served with a delicious spiced aubergine, tomato & mint salad with Greek yoghurt at £16.50. The selection of well-kept local cheeses (Sussex Charmer, Charlton, Norbury Blue, Brighton Blue, Molecomb Blue, Burwash Rose, Farm Abbey Sheep’s Milk Brie and Golden Cross) was also excellent and accompanied by a delicious truffle honey and by quince jam, priced at £13 for all 8 (enough for two). Clos Dady Sauternes was £6.25 a glass. Pleasant, friendly staff and an informal atmosphere make for a relaxing meal.

  • Visited July 2013
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london
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“just ticking over”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

Been a regular here for the thirty years. In it's previous incarnation as "Paston Place" it was easily the best restaurant in Brighton and the highlight of a day trip down (up?) from London. Under it's current owners it's never quite achieved these heights but has still fitted the bill as a good all round local restaurant. What a shame that it now seems to be just marking time, with production line cooking from a production line sort of menu. For the first time in many years I was stumped to find a single dish I fancied. My partner thought some dishes might have been rehashed from a brunch menu but maybe that was unfair. 'Large' glasses of wine - no size indicated - were certainly not the 250ml, standard elsewhere. An attempt to bump up the profits maybe, but if so then stupidly easily spotted. Such a shame. It's crying out for an on the spot owner who can bring a little bit of love and imagination to the place. Until this happens I'm afraid wont be back.

  • Visited July 2013
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Hove, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
191 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Birthday bash”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

12 of us descended upon this delightful restaurant, 2 of whom were both celebrating birthdays. The ambience and food was excellent as was the service from a group of willing and able staff. Many thanks to Sam and his team for a great evening and the photos to prove it are on Facebook somewhere! This restaurant comes highly recommended and is a must if you are visiting Brighton.

  • Visited June 2013
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Brighton, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“What a shame ...”
Reviewed June 13, 2013 via mobile

Having not visited Sams for a while we decided to visit for lunch . The lunch menu used to be such good value and quality . Now, just two chices of starter and main ...I had a" mixed plate " as the starter which consisted of a slice of Parma ham and two slices of salami with a bit of pickle . The main consisted of a thin slice of chicken on a bed of salad . My partner had the fish pie which was a gloupy dish of fish covered in mashed potato with no garnish . Very disappointing

  • Visited June 2013
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Brighton, England
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Nearly so good, but...”
Reviewed June 12, 2013

My wife treated me to Sunday lunch as part of a birthday treat. We would have gone to Sam's at Seven Dials (its sister restaurant) but unfortunately it had closed after a number of years despite offering reliable, well-presented and often imaginative food. Our experience of the restaurant in Paston Place was long-standing, having enjoyed dining there when it was Langham's and then No 1 Paston Place, prior to becoming Sam's at Paston Place. The atmosphere at the latter was relaxed and the fixed price menu providing an interesting enough choice (about 3 per course) with a few 'specials' on the blackboard. We were off to a good start with two glasses of complimentary sparkling white (for my birthday) and out orders taken. The service was fine, and the food served at a sedate pace, as suited the occasion. The dishes were of a good standard, looking attractive on the plate, and went down well - although perhaps erring on the side of good value rather than panache. The wine list, though not extensive, was reasonably priced with an attractive enough range of choice. One slight sign that the chef of the day was perhaps not the proprietor was seen in the fact that it proved impossible to obtain a fresh tomato salad rather than the mixed salad offered on the menu, despite two attempts. This is not perhaps what one might expect from a restaurant with culinary aspirations. The other aspect of lunching on Sunday is also the fact that it takes place alongside brunch which may not please everybody (though it looked to be good value). But all in al a pleasant meal and we will return to try out dinner.

  • Visited June 2013
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