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.
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