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“Steady as she goes”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Bistro du Vin

Bistro du Vin
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Ranked #259 of 1,111 Restaurants in Brighton
Price range: $45 - $58
Cuisines: French, European
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Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: The Hotel du Vin Bistro in Brighton is just off the seafront and five minutes from the madly inspiring shops in The Lanes, but who would want to leave? Set in a collection of gothic and Tudor revival buildings built by, so apt, a wine merchant, the hotel has the trademark stylish, witty, super comfortable d��cor that has won the group so many awards. The restaurant is elegant and relaxed and usually full, offering a menu rooted in classic European cuisine with a contemporary edge. The simple classics change seasonally, augmented by head chef Rob Carr���s own creations each day. The extensive, eclectic wine list is central to the hotel, with a great number of choices by the glass.
Brighton, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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“Steady as she goes”
Reviewed October 13, 2012

It was a surprise when a friend of Rachels called up on friday morning and said ' I'm coming to Brighton for the weekend and have booked a table at the Hotel du Vin'. It has been 3 years in the making so of course we rolled up at the old faithfull.

Theres always a good atmosphere at the Bistro, as it obviously benefits from the staying guests dining in and although a bit quiet tonight, it still had a nice buzz about the place.

I ordered the Devilled Lambs kidneys served on granary toast. The kidneys were well cooked, nice and tender, my only criticism was that there was a bit too much Worcestershire sauce, which overpowered everything a little.

Rachel ordered the dressed crab, which apparently was delicious and one of our guests confirmed this. From my point of view I think this needs to be presented a lot better. Im not a fan of over dressed and presented food, I prefer a more rustic approach, but the crab is served on a large white plate and looks like a flattened patty. I think it should be built up a bit with a little colour added to the plate.

For my main course I had the Monkfish, which was cooked nice enough with some pancetta. The peas and wild mushrooms needed a bit more wine or stock and the potato I did find a bit bland, it lacked seasoning. As a complete dish this didnt really hang together.

Rachel had the steak, which is usually what I have here, and it doesnt dissapoint. We always have the rib eye which is full of flavour, its a good peice of aged beef.

For dessert, a tarte tatin, again this was nicely cooked.

Overall we always have a good time and the food is always good at the Bistro, I do think there is room for a bit of polishing though. My main complaint about the Bistro has always been at the price of the wine. To get anything decent you have to splash out at least £35, which you dont always want to do.

  • Visited October 2012
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“Love it all”
Reviewed October 3, 2012

We go here regularly with friends and family and had never had a complaint. Is the perfect place for after work drinks too as we are in town centre block, while also being good for weekends. Toilets are a bit too far but thats my only problem. Recommend it, do.

Visited October 2012
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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“Best bloody Mary's and tasty food”
Reviewed October 2, 2012

Eaten here a number of times. This week we had the fish and chips and the scotch egg. Very good! Their fish and chips in my opinion is the best available in town.

The service is always good, but can be a bit slow when they are busy with weddings. Not the easiest place to get a table so plan ahead.

They make great Bloody Mary's and have a good wine selection.

Never had a bad meal in the last two years.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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“Great pub food!”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

Went here on a mid-week night, the bar staff were really helpful and very friendly great table service great atmosphere and a good selection of pub food

  • Visited September 2012
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Woburn Sands, United Kingdom
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“Nice enough”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

Went for a meal with work colleagues and it was.... Nice enough. The steak was cooked as ordered but the sides weren't warm. Starter was fine but nothing more. Ambiance was good and the staff efficient. We were quite a big group so that could explain the average outcome.

  • Visited September 2012
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