It was Rachels birthday so it was time to visit one of our favourite Brighton restaurants The Gingerman in Norfolk Square. Instead of going for our usual evening booking I opted for a sunday lunch, after a previous evening of friends and curry at our house, a good old roast would finish the celebrations off nicely.
We arrived to a full restaurant, its small and intimate so the atmosphere was nice and buzzy.
A quick look around at the other tables got our juices going nicely, so food and wine ordered we waited eagerly and I kept my fingers crossd that the beef that we had ordered would be medium rare. Rachel isnt a woman to be crossed if there isnt blood oozing from the meat course.
The amuse-bouche arrived, an expresso cup of delicious squash and ginger soup, followed by some warm bread that you carve at the table. The cab sav was going down a treat now for the starters.
There was only one mushroom ravioli left, so the birthday girl claimed birthday rights on that, so I plumped for the salmon with dill, shallots and a potato blini. The salmon was thickly cut and the wholedish nicely balanced. The empty clean bowl on the opposite side of the table would suggest that the mushroom ravioli hit the spot too.
The beef arrived and we were not disappointed. The red wine gravy pulled everything together. the beef, medium rare with just the right amount of yellow fat to give the taste buds a treat and the accompanying vegetables nicely cooked.
The Cab Sav was nearing its end and the beef had, so onto desert. I plumped for the cherry tart with cherry ripple icecream washed down with a dark muscat.
The Ginger man had delivered again, the food and service are both excellent. I think theres something in keeping restaurants small, you can control the food quality a lot better and because its intimate theres alsways a good atmosphere. I think The Gingerman offers really good value for money as well and in these days were every penny spent is considered, I would have no problem recommending The Gingerman to everyone.
Go on spoil yourself.
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