My wife and I went here for our anniversary on the recommendation of a couple of her friends. The anticipation only grew after we couldn't get reservations on a "date night" a few weeks prior, so we were really looking forward to some great Spanish tapas.
We started with a bottle of Tempernillo and really it set the tone for the evening - probably the lowest quality of wine that could possibly be served at the bottle price.
We ordered the Brie with Honey and a Cheese and Ricotta Croquette based on the servers recommendation (though we were already considering the Brie).
The Brie really could have been nice, but the cheese had a refrigerated taste to it (if you know what I mean). Meanwhile the Croquette was bland and very heavy/oily - in fact we DNF (did not finish).
For the main, we really wanted to try the Paella. Unfortunately, they have a rule of a minimum order of 2, and my wife is allergic to shellfish, and we could not split the order we were forced into both having a Chicken Paella. I didn't consider it a bad option at the time, though I would have preferred to have some seafood in there...however when we received the Paella, the rice was very bland (though cooked well) and was very buttery to compensate for any other flavor. Worst of all, the chicken bits that they used in the meal were probably bits that they couldn't serve as a main meal so they chucked it in, they were absolutely disgusting and my wife and I happily ate around the disgusting Chicken pieces eating only the "butter rice". I went to ask the waiter about some hot sauce for the rice, and although there were only about 4 other couples in the restaurant, I couldn't get his attention until it was too late.
Maybe it was due to the fact that a customer across the way was chewing into the waiter about her "potatoes being cold". It went something like this:
Customer: inaudible, grumble, complaint
Waiter: "see this is the way we prepare this in Spain"
Customer: "what cold, you serve your potatoes cold in Spain"
Although we were on our anniversary, we couldn't bare the thought of a dessert at the place, so we quickly got our check and left.
It is too bad, we really wanted to like this place, and maybe we caught them on an "off night" - but honestly when you spend the kind of money that we did, you expect every night to be an "on night". There are plenty of restaurants in Brighton, so we most likely won't be back, and unfortunately we won't recommend it to you, or our friends.
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