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“Sadly a real let down this time...” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Gingerman

Gingerman
Ranked #8 of 1,098 Restaurants in Brighton
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $19 - $40
Cuisines: European, British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: In Norfolk Square, The Gingerman Restaurant has a small, intimate dining room and a superb menu of modern British cuisine made with fresh, local produce. Full of unique character, the stylish restaurant possesses a great reputation within the city. With intimate lighting and simple wooden furnishings, this Brighton eatery has a warm, cosy ambience. The delicious dishes from the seasonal gourmet menu include slow roasted pork belly with creamy mash, cumin spiced lamb rack with black cardamom puree and coconut chutney or pig cheek ravioli with saffron jus. A classy list of wines and premium champagnes will complement your meal. Gingerman restaurant offers smart, unpretentious dining in vibrant Brighton.
Brighton, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Sadly a real let down this time...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2014

After writing previously glowing reviews we came to the gingerman for a birthday meal. I have previously said that the food is Michelin standard and perhaps this has gone to the chef's head. The menu now is overly fussy and to be honest it is far from clear what exactly the main component of the dish would be. The portion sizes are now too small as seems to be in keeping with the impression of haute cuisine.

The starters - the cheese dish genuinely did not contain enough flavour and was very unclear in what exactly it was meant to be. It very much lacked the "umpf" expected with a cheese dish and was very small. But the langoustine dish really took the biscuit - two tiny little shrimps (honestly I was astounded - TWO only), and one half an empty shrimp shell, some scattered grapefruit slices and some crumbled up black pudding. And this dish was a £2 supplement! The dish again lacked cohesion and was very unsatisfying. Thank goodness for the two loaves of bread.

We all rather unimaginatively ordered the main of beef fillet (At a £5 supplement per head). The beef was delicious but again it looked as though they had taken an nice thick fillet and halved it. The beef came on some warmish spinach with a strange side of what looked like sugar puffs -they had an interesting texture but were quite tasteless. This dish badly needed some carbs. The plates were mildy warm but not hot.

At this point the waiter asked if the meal was ok and we did say that we weren't happy so he did tell us that the bill would be adjusted which was appreciated. We also mentioned that we were avoiding chocolate and he endeavoured to provide a nice alternative desert - which was quite tasty. Some of us ordered the assiette of deserts to share and the souffle was delicious, the carot cake was average. The parfait was frozen absolutely solid we had to use a knife to cut it and I saw a couple of other diners really struggling to eat it!

The restaurant is lovely inside and the maitre d' was as attentive as possible. In general the service was very good as usual and the food was tasty enough but not what we have been used to from the gingerman - where the food was usually 5* - I'd give it more of a 3.5* but the cost makes that difficult to swallow. The adjustment to the total cost made it far more palatable (sorry for the pun) but we'd have preferred to pay the full amount and not have those niggles.

We will certainly give it another chance because it has always been our favourite restaurant in Brighton. But I have to say we went to 24 St. George's in Kemptown the night before and it was that little bit better on every front.

I hope that this was isolated and that the menu can be refined (or unrefined if that's more appropriate!).

  • Visited April 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Perfect mother's day lunch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2014

This was a joint Mother's Day/80th birthday booking and I was a little apprehensive that it might not live up to my mother's exacting standards. It did. From the haddock with poached egg as a starter to the pork belly for main course to the tea souffle for dessert, the entire meal was cooked to perfection, matched by the excellent service. This is a small friendly venue and well worth visiting.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Great little place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2014

All the good reviews are true of this place. The meet and greet was warm and welcoming. The food was worthy of a Michelin star. The value was amazing Also. From the Warm bread to the Delighful coffee it was really a pleasure to have eaten there. I highly recommend it. (If you look at people's reviews who slate restrauants and look at their other reviews they cannot be made happy. That is just who they are, and like nothing better than to whine through their lives.)
Anyway love it ,love it, love it. .
Ps I've eaten in some of the best restrauants around and this little place that you would not find unless you were going there is up there with the best. NUFF SAID. :)

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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276 reviews
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“Sunday lunch”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2014 via mobile

A nice family lunch. Prompt service and food excellently cooked. Puddings were a little small though, except the soufflé ! A little bit cramped for a large group of people, but use the space as best they can.
Would be good for a romantic meal for two.

Visited March 2014
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Hove, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Lovely gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2014

Great food well cooked slightly different in combination.
Bit pricey but worth it,
Busy and good atmosphere.
Very good service
Need to book early

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sue H
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