Return to Brighton for another wonderful day of foodie treats.
We hadn’t been to Brighton since May 2013, which is a long time between visits to one of your favourite places in the country. Brighton has to be one of the most eclectic, energetic and buzzing towns in Britain. It is home to a huge alternative culture scene which has spawned great shopping areas, bars and most importantly fantastic restaurants. Last year when we went I wrote up a foodies guide to Brighton which gives you tips on where to go and what to eat – The Foodies Guide to Brighton.
Discovering new restaurants.
On previous trips we have eaten in the lanes and by the seafront, both great venues for finding restaurants and cafes. This time however we saw a nice looking restaurant and bar just by the Theatre Royal Brighton. It is set in a lovely part of the city, close to the Pavilion and accompanying park.
“A Vibrant and Sophisticated restaurant”
The Courtyard Restaurant describes itself as a “vibrant and sophisticated city centre restaurant- perfect for a relaxed evening out, pre- theatre set menu, daytime dining, an afternoon coffee & homemade cake, Breakfast, or a catered private event”. We chose to sit inside and found the restaurant to have a nice atmosphere. The open plan front to the kitchen is a nice addition and brings you closer to the food preparation.
We ordered from the pre-theatre set menu which as available 7 days a week. It costs £8.95 per person with a £2 supplement on weekends and bank holidays.
I began with the salt and pepper calamari which is served with a very generous portion of salad and sliced French bread. The calamari was served in a light salt and pepper batter with marie rose sauce on the side. It was perfectly seasoned and cooked and the little bit of dressing on the salad was just right (I hate it when salad is drowning in dressing).
I felt the bread was a little unnecessary and could have used a little pot of butter with it but it’s difficult to complain about too much food. All in all it was a lovely starter.
Quickly on to Hana’s starter, a butternut squash soup. This looked utterly golden and inviting and I almost wished I had ordered this instead.
The starters were served in very generous portions. I’d say that they are a reasonable size for a lunch in themselves!
We both chose the Chicken Paillard. The menu describes this as char-grilled escalope of chicken breast with chunky chips. This really underplays the dish. The boneless breast is served with a wonderfully rich tomato and olive sauce. The sauce contained whole olives and little tiny baby onions.
The chips were hand cut. Fluffy on the inside and crisp outside. Perfect. Again this was served with a generous side salad. I found the portion sizes to be on the generous side, you won’t leave hungry.
Desserts and drinks.
We didn’t have dessert as the starter and main were more than enough to fill us up. We paired our meal with a medium glass of the house white wine each which we reasonably good.
The Courtyard Restaurant and Bar
20 New Road
2 course menu from £8.95 per person
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