It was my birthday, so my better half booked a table at Havana Spoon. We have been in Brighton for 3 years now and hadnt managed to visit the sister restaurant to he well established bar Havana.
On arrival we proceeded straight to the bar, well it was my birthday. I ordered off menu, an Old Fashioned. The bartender was more than happy to oblige and made the drink very well. My better half had a rum punch and asked for it to be less sweet than the recipe suggested, which was also made perfectly.
The decor of the Restaurant and bar, takes me back a bit to the late 90s, its chic and the deep soulfull house music, places it with the more trendy bars and restaurants in London.
The atmosphere was good and people had put on their glad rags.
And so to the food. I ordered the foie gras. It came as described, with brioche and melted in the mouth. Rachel ordered the musroom rissoto which came in a coffee cup. The Rissotto wwas delicious and very rich. The rice cooked perfectly with a bit of bite. It was full of flavour and the cheese running through the dish made for a pretty full on experience.
For our mains I had the Monkfish, which came with a couple of prawns and some mash, again really well cooked. The Monkfish was velvety, this was a subtle dish with great flavours. Rachel had the Venison which came with Liver, mas and kale. Again faultless cooking. The liver was tender with just that hint of rawness and the Venison was rich with the sauce and beautifully cooked. There was a lot of skill on show in these dishes.
For dessert I had the Polenta cake which was served with Chocolate and a chilli sorbet, which had a nice kick to it, with small peices of grapefruit. A perfect end to a perfect meal.
The service throughout the night was very good and the cooking excellent. The bill came to £175, but we had ordered a decent bottle of wine at £60, so I think this was good value when you considere the standard of the cooking.
Apalce to dress up and spoil yourself.
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