We had the opportunity to take our youngest son for dinner but only had a two hour window between 17:00hrs-19:00hrs so many of the restaurants in Eastbourne were not yet open. It was our 13 year old son who chose this one and it was the charming and sociable, but still professional attitude of the Maitre De (Gentleman by the name of Kay) that attracted us in to this charming restaurant in the center of town.
This will definitely be a must visit venue on future trips to Eastbourne. You could not wish for more personable service.
I have to admit that I was cynical when first looking at the menu as there appeared to be so much choice for a small venue and therefore, I was suspicious that quality may suffer. This was absolutely NOT the case.
We all ordered different choices for starter and everyone was thrilled with what turned up. The calamari were fresh and delicately battered and a decent size portion. The Baby Squid in a tomato sauce were equally fresh and rewarding as was the mozzarella on the Tricollori salad. We also shared olives which were good quantity as well as quantity and garlic bread. All of these starters came with a good quality salad as dressing, not the beaten-up lettuce leaf that we have so often come to expect.
Main courses were pizza (which the son, who is something of an expert, rated very highly), Lasagna (which was graded exceptional by the wife) and a Chicken Ceaser Salad which was greatly enhanced by the quality of the chicken and anchovies.
We were sufficiently over indulged that we shared one dessert between us, which was a special for the evening of Stem Ginger Cheesecake and have to say it was exquisite when rounded off with good quality coffee.
Thrilled is probably the correct term for overall impression of the food, because not only was it of exceptional quality but the presentation, of all the dishes, significantly surpassed what you would normally expect in a restaurant in such a location and price range.
I can not speak highly enough of this restaurant which would put many West End 'Wanabees' to shame, the more so as it is such exceptional value.
I wish the owners/management every success and we will definitely be visiting again.
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