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“Fantastic atmosphere”
Review of Relax

Relax
Ranked #145 of 387 Restaurants in Hastings
Cuisines: Armenian
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed January 23, 2013

I was so impressed by the atmosphere of this Albania restaurant, the food wholesome and well cooked, the staff like a big family. There is jazz every fortnight on a Thursday. So much good in a place you may well walk by not realising it's a fantastic restaurant, please try .

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1  Thank Linda A
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Don't be put off by the exterior of Cafe Relax which looks rather like a cross between a fortune teller's stall and a bordello. Once ensconced, the interior proves to be quirky and the service informed and joyful, really, the blond lady with the generous smile must be the owner, I thought. We started with pickled herrings (the pickle very light and obviously done in house) on a robust dark rye with raw onions, served with a glorious grated beet and horseradish salad. This was a singular dish of the highest order. Pork dumplings - correctly crisp on one side - more than passed muster. To follow I had coley (sustainability too!) wrapped in spinach and a blini, with a sour cream sauce. A poorman's kulebiaka...beautifully executed. Across the table the Silent Assassin wolfed down a meltingly soft and fruity lamb tagine. My first encounter with Armenian food (albeit all familiar) was a mid-priced, tasty, pleasure from start to finish. And yes, the charming blonde lady was the owner. I asked if I could thank the chef...I was not surprised to find it was her mother. A big thumbs up to both of them.

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2  Thank William G
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

Had a evening meal here. The food was tasty but nothing special. Really nice staff but quite expensive at £25 per head for shared starter and main plus one bottle of wine (Blossom Hill red).

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Reviewed October 12, 2012

The main place is relaxed, comfortable and informal. Friendly, intelligent and efficient service. All the dishes seem freshly prepared with well chosen ingredients. All are tasty and more to the point are interesting. Have eaten dinner (many times) and lovely afternoon tea with one of their sweet cheesy flans. I agree with both the earlier reviews. In my view this is one of the nicest and tastiest places to eat in Hastings and St Leonards.

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1  Thank MisterNev
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Reviewed September 8, 2012

All 8 of went for an evening meal, never tried Armenian before.
The food was really, top stuff! Only bottles beer, but the waitress gave us a different brews to try! The ladies had fruit ciders. The service was first class, met a local couple in there, who said they never go anywhere else for a meal. Not the cheapest in the world but good value (£22.50 PP) including drinks.

1  Thank enfield250
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