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“Good food, good service....but!”
Review of Havana Spoon - CLOSED

Havana Spoon
Cuisines: Mediterranean
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Hove, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Good food, good service....but!”
Reviewed December 30, 2012

My wife and I started in the bar which is excellent. The decor, lighting and service is very good and the bar staff are very professional and helpful.
We went through to the restaurant and were shown to our table. We had some nibbles as a starter and a main course each plus a bottle of wine. The bill came to around £100 which was no surprise, the food was good as was the service so you would think we will be booking our next meal. The only complaint I would have is the food was warm at best, the presentation was fantastic and it's possible they spent so much time decorating the plate the food became cold.
One of the seats was a sofa, if we book again we will know to ask for a table with two chairs, the restaurant we found to be very stark with little or no atmosphere and so bright, it was like eating under a spotlight. The tables are bare white as are the walls which is supposed to give the effect and I guess with the correct lighting it could.
We are very local to this restaurant as it is at the top of our road, we have not visited before as we were waiting for the "ESSEX" crowd to find somewhere else which they now have, we may go back someting to try again but there is so much competition in the area.

  • Visited December 2012
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“Disappointing Christmas”
Reviewed December 27, 2012

We booked a table for the Christmas lunch, expecting a delicious stress-free meal. We were initially impressed with the decor and the friendly service but the quality of the food was seriously bad.....

We had many a times eaten much better quality food in places charging half the price.

For £70 per head, we were served the Christmas 5 course lunch:

1 Canepes - soggy popcorn flavoured with sundried tomatoe dust. They tasted like they were made at least 2 days ago...... Olives that was taken straight out from the tin......... and a tiny bit of goat cheese on a small bit of old biscuit......

2 Starter - we had the Salmon and Scallop. Both of which were very average.

3 Mains - Lobster served with tagliatelli. It looked impressive but again tasted very bland. Altogether there were 3 small pieces of lobster meat which were overcooked. We had also ordered medium rare steak which was served almost well done......

4 Dessert was just bad ..... period....... It did serve one of its purpose though, as we both didnt want to eat anything else afterwards...

5 The best course was the good quality organic tea that was served. To be honest it was difficult for them to screw this one up unless they forgot boil the kettle. This was served with 4 pieces of truffle/ nougat that we didnt bother to touch.....

Overall we felt that the experience we had in this restaurant was very poor amd definitely did not deserve the £200 that departed from our pockets.

Really really disappointed on a special occasion.......

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Thank oltfbb
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Brighton, UK
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22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“The bar sucks”
Reviewed December 1, 2012

Went to the bar last night and the service was slow, the cocktails were average (but pricey) and the crowd were really annoying. Think it was someone's birthday which meant the place was fully of drunk lads. Also tried to pay by Amex (which is reasonable since all drinks are about £9 each) and they said that I couldn't although the terminal was working.
Last time I'm going back there. Shame, I love going out in the Hove area and will just have to spend my money somewhere else.

  • Visited November 2012
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1 Thank HolidayHL
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Brighton, United Kingdom
1 review
“new menu new drinks prices, def worth a visit !!!”
Reviewed November 23, 2012

Always wanted to go in but thought the place would be pricey, well I am very pleased to say just because somewhere looks super duper chic doesnt mean the prices are the same, amazing food and great service all night, and very very happy to say not at all over priced, the 4 of us eat, drank, and drank some more,....and left with a smile !!, great work havana spoon Xx

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank lisa m
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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216 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“This place never disapoints”
Reviewed November 12, 2012

We are regular visitors to this amazing restaurant and once again, were not disapointed.
The new menu is good and as always, the presentation and taste of the food cannot be faulted.
The menu now offers some lighter options, which gives you more reason to return mid week.

Most of the staff were excellent, but unfortunately a couple of the staff were very polite, but not so efficient... I am sure this is just a training issue and they will soon offer the same very high level of customer care that all the other staff provide.

This place is perfect whether for a romantic meal, a special occasion, a fun filled dinner with friends or just a quiet mid week meal.

We will be back!

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank MarcusT007
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