I just had to write and tell everyone about my favourite new venue to be wined and dined in!
It is the GBI SEAFOOD RESTAURANT AND BAR at The Grand Hotel in Brighton Sussex!
A sumptuous dining extravaganza from early evening to late a night, starting with a wonderful selection of Cocktails sitting in the beautiful lounge bar.
I started with a Margarita, made with fresh limes and a very good quality Tequila in a glass frosted with salt, my husband chose the Bloody Mary - it was perfectly mixed and garnished in a long tall glass.
After a while - we moved into the wonderful GBI SEAFOOD RESTAURANT area - it has r e a l WOW-factor!
The huge raised circular dining area with incredibly comfy high backed soft red leather bar chairs - just wonderful. We both nibbled on "Scallop Popcorn" one of the GB1 own little specialities made in their kitchens. We then started to choose every possible combination of beautifully fresh sea food/crustacea - each starting with six native Oysters - I had them served with a chilli & pickled ginger dressing - delicious! My husand chose the vodka and tomato juice dressing - both were beautifully fresh and full of that real sea-side flavour. To go with our starters we ordered a bottle of lovely crisp, dry, refreshing Chateau de la Roche Touraine Sauvignon Blanc.
For starters, I had the crab meat, creme fraiche and lime, served with some thin crispy wholemeal toast - it was so delicious and beautifully presented. My husband ordered the seared Scallops, black pudding with the cauliflower puree, quail eggs and bacon, again delicious and cooked to perfection.
For the main courses we had the Lobster and Dover Sole - both served with a lovely selection of Shellfish: we chose, cockles, clams, scallops and squid and to accompany our meal we ordered a couple of side dishes : samphire and smoked bacon and some honey mustard new potatoes - again beautifully fresh and cooked to perfection.
The desserts looked out of this world but we were both far too full to choose anything - however the guests nearby eating their desserts said that they tasted just as good as they looked!
We decided to retire to the lounge by the fire for coffees and brandies - a
p e r f e c t end to a truly wonderful dining experience.
Everything was crowned by super service and smiles all round. You could not find fault with any of the staff from the minute we arrived - to the minute we left to go home - they could not have done more to make our evening a complete success and a night to remember.
We will be back again soon to sample even more of the GB1 Restaurant and Bar gourmet delights.
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