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Favourite Five (plus one) for Brighton this May

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Favourite Tables recently had a great time visited Brighton and we wanted to find the top five dishes, from all the Favourite Tables restaurants, that we could say are the “must-try” dishes on menus and that are available during the whole of May.

So putting our money where our mouths are, several meals were consumed and this is our summary of the Best of the Best. So no matter how much time you will be spending in Brighton this month, a day trip, in town for business meetings or weekend away these are the tried and tested dishes that you simply need to discover for yourselves.

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  • Jerk Monkfish Tail

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Jerk Monk Fish Tail – The Set Restaurant

Inside the Artists Residence, a 23-bedroom townhouse hotel at the top end of Regency Square is The Set Restaurants and their accompanying Cocktail bar, The Fix. The inside of both restaurants is original, relaxed and casual with a rustic and eclectic decor. Our first Favourite Five dish is a Jerk spiced Monkfish tail with Mango Salsa, chargrilled sweet corn, Jerk & Squid ink reduction and cornbread.

 

The Set Restaurant: Directions, Menus and Bookings

** Special mention for the uber-yummy Miso Marshmellow given to us as an appetiser.

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  • Suckling Pig Three ways “Assiette” 

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Assiette of Suckling Pig – Drakes Restaurant

The Restaurant at Drakes Hotel is featured in numerous food guides and has received many accolades recently. You can easily forget you are only a short distance from the busy city centre on Marine Parade, in this cool and calm restaurant. Service was, as you would expect, impeccable. The Trio of Suckling pig – Tenderloin, Loin Cutlet and Rolled Crispy Belly with Morcilla Slices, Red Lentils, Apple Sauce and Quince is one of the stars of our Favourite 5 for Brighton.
 

The Restaurant at Drakes – Directions, Menus and Bookings

 

** The Wagyu Beef Tartare, pre-starter was outstanding.

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  • Spiced Rack of Lamb

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Spiced Rack of Lamb – The Coal Shed Restaurant

The Coal Shed on Boyces Street (those visiting from London can now sample Coal Shed cuisine closer to home with the recent opening of a sister restaurant near Tower Bridge) is famed for its Steaks, the Rib-Eye being regularly mentioned by diners. However, following the recommendation of Nick our waiter we went for the Spiced Rack of Lamb. The lamb comes from a small holding in Oxford and is cooked medium rare, with a chickpea ragu made with tomato, onion, coriander, cumin & ras el hanout (similar to the Indian spice, garam masala), a ginger yoghurt dressing, sliced spring onions and Zhug (a Yemeni dressing made from, fresh coriander,parsley, chilli, olive oil, lime and garlic) The cooking of the lamb was stunning.

 

 

The Coal Shed – Directions, Menus and Bookings

 

  • Tandoori Black Bream

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Tandoori Black Bream – Indian Summer

One of, if not the, oldest restaurant serving Pan-Indian cuisine in Brighton. Try the Indian Summer’s Tandoori Black Bream, which is marinated in roasted spices and then cooked in the tandoor oven. Served with Mumbai Aloo (spiced potato) and a Sesame Raita, accompanied by a fresh Fennel, Pomegranate and Baby Tomato Salad. The fish was full of flavour, mildly spiced and the skin light and perfectly crispy.

 

Indian Summer – Directions, Menus and Bookings

 

  • Cuttlefish with Ink Tagliatelle
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Cuttlefish Tagliatelle – 64 Degrees

 

Restaurant 64 Degrees was voted Best Restaurant in the Brighton Top 20 Awards two years running (Head Chef Michael Bremner also won Best Chef both years) The restaurant is described as innovative, eclectic small-plate dining in a sleek, industrial-style space with an open kitchen. We sat at the Chef’s Counter to watch the preparation of our chosen dish, Cuttlefish with Ink Tagliatelle and Oregano. The short list of ingredients does not do justice to the flavour this dish delivers. The Cuttlefish soft and perfectly cooked, The Black Ink Tagliatelle thin and exactly prepared to add texture to the dish.  

 

Restaurant 64 Degrees – Directions, Menu’s and Bookings

 

And our “Plus One”

  • Pumpkin Seed Icecream
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Pumpkin Seed Ice Cream – Silo Brighton

 

We had intended to just feature five dishes for our Favourite Five for Brighton, However, when we tasted this Pumpkin Seed Ice cream it just had to be listed. Silo of Brighton is described as a Zero Waste establishment or Pre-Industrial food preparation Kitchen, that said they do create beautiful, innovative dishes which are full of incredible flavours. The slightly nutty not too sweet creamy ice cream, subtle pine oil and the Oats and Seeds topping is just incredible.

 

Silo Brighton – Directions, Menu’s and Bookings

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Lunch By The Sea – A Favourite Tables Offer

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The Restaurant at Drakes reflects the same high level of excellence and quality that has made the hotel famous and provides one of the finest dining experiences along the South Coast. Through the evident skills of a devoted Head Chef and his dedicated team, The Restaurant still sets the standard in Brighton for top quality accomplished fine dining with warm yet professional service and innovative menus.

The Restaurant at Drakes has again received the highest score awarded to Brighton restaurants in The Good Food Guide 2018, for the 9th consecutive year.

We are very proud that Favourite Tables has been chosen to make this fabulous 

SPRING LUNCH OFFER 

available to all users of our #BestRestaurants platform.

Three Courses For The Price Of Two

Please let the restaurant know you have seen the Favourite Tables Offer at the time of booking by calling 01273 696934 then Option 2 for The Restaurant

This Exclusive Offer Runs Until 23rd April 2018

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What does Courtesy, Respect and Common Decency have to do with eating out?

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Does it really matter that you have booked three restaurants for the same time and date. You will then see how you feel on the night as to which one you will actually dine at. The other two… if you feel like it you may call and say “sorry it’s late notice, but we’re not coming” or just not show up.

You don’t really need to show any respect for the restaurants that you “No Show” Your table of 4. Not turning up has no real effect on the staff that have been prepping food, the front of house staff that will be working that night to insure YOU have a great time when you arrive and as for the owners/chefs that take a hit on the turnover, what does that matter to you.

You don’t need to be polite to the “Staff” whilst you have a meal and a few glasses of really nice wine. Their there to be at your beck and call, after all you pay their wages. So you don’t need to show any common decency. So when they don’t jump the second you click your fingers your free to shout at them or belittle them.

And as for any really nice cutlery, plates, bespoke ornaments, napkins, candles or anything else that’s not nailed down, it’s perfectly fine to put these in your pocket or handbag and take.

But wait a minute….. that does not sound like YOU, you would never do any of those things. So why is all of the above on the increase.

Mark Greenaway introduces booking fee after “450 no shows or cancellations in one month”

as reported by BigHospitality.

Kenny Atkinson Chef/Owner of House of Tide had item stolen and his staff abused by the diners seen on CCTV:

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In the Caterer its reported:

Valentine’s Day no-shows ‘crippling’ independent restaurants

With Damian Wawrzyniak, owner of House of Feasts, Peterborough, launching his own campaign to combat no-shows after revealing they cost his business about £3,000 in just one weekend. His #StopNoShow campaign has gained a lot of support from chefs and restaurants. Many now considering installing expensive booking platforms to take Credit Card details, Deposits or advanced Tickets. Online reservations provider OpenTable’s has strengthened it’s policy so that, if a diner doesn’t show up for a reservation four times in 12 months, they will be prohibited from making future reservations.

But all this does not really matter, why because it’s not YOU, is it.

To paraphrase Michael Jackson maybe YOU should “talk to the man in the mirror”

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Here’s our little guide to making Veganuary a thing for you.

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Over the last year or so you may have noticed veganism gently muscle its way into the mainstream. More and more restaurants offer Vegan options or have positioned themselves as “totally” Vegan. So thats fine if you plan to dine-out all of January. Because like 60,000 thousand others you have pledged that you, will, be supporting Veganuary – won’t you…..

With demand increasing a bunch of major outlets have started offering plant-based options – Pret-a-manger has been leading the way in vegan ‘grab and go’ food, Wagamama recently started trialing a brand new vegan menu, and you’re now able to order a delicious sweet potato, chickpea and spinach curry with your pint of Guinness at many Wetherspoons. Unfortunately though there is nothing that really hits the mark, taste wise, in the To-Go range or Ready-Meals, that is until now.

All that is about to change with the launch by Tesco’s of a brand new plant-based range, Wicked Kitchen. The supermarket has worked with Chefs Derek & Chad Sarno to create the range, to ‘bring the plant-based market from niche to mainstream’. The range features vegan sandwiches, wraps, salads, ready meals and pizza. So if your New Year’s resolution is still intact and you want to give Veganuary a real shot, here’s what you can look forward to.

 

Wraps:

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Ready Meals:

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Pizza:

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More information: www.tesco.com

 

 

 

 

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NYE 2017 round-up of Events and Celebrations

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Mommi – London (Clapham Common)

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Menu is HERE

Dining Reservations HERE

Bar Reservations HERE


 

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Top Ten Most Popular Places To Dine

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Favourite Tables Top Ten Restaurants from the last twelve months has been compiled from the number of visits the restaurant’s page on the Favourite Tables website has received. This was then weighed against the social marketplace of active “Facebook” likes. More weight was given to restaurants with the most recent new likes on Facebook. 


Unlike some other “lists” which are compiled from single “Food Experts” comments or the hit and miss “drive-by” reviews some “Travel” websites favour. The Favourite Tables list has been formed from analysing the locations that were most popular with ordinary people using the website to find, great places to eat. Then the restaurant’s social media activity across Facebook, where real people “like” a restaurant because they genuinely had a good experience, is added as a rating.

The cumulative total creates a list of the most popular and best-loved restaurants:

Topping the list is the very popular 64 Degrees and Head Chef/Owner Michael Bremner

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The Top Ten UK Places People Have Wanted To Eat At:

1) 64 Degrees – Brighton

(http://www.favouritetables.com/restaurant/64-degrees/)

2) The Oxford Blue – Windsor

(http://www.favouritetables.com/restaurant/the-oxford-blue-old-windsor/)

3) Adams Restaurant – Birmingham

(http://www.favouritetables.com/restaurant/adams/)

4) Lympstone Manor – Exmouth Devon

(http://www.favouritetables.com/restaurant/lympstone-manor/)

5) Prevost – Peterborough

(http://www.favouritetables.com/restaurant/prevost)

6) House of Tides – Newcastle-upon-Tyne

(http://www.favouritetables.com/restaurant/house-tides/)

7) Randall and Aubin – London

(http://www.favouritetables.com/restaurant/randall-aubin/)

8) House of Feasts – Peterborough

(http://www.favouritetables.com/restaurant/house-of-feasts/)

9) Johnsons Steakhouse – Cambridge

(http://www.favouritetables.com/restaurant/johnsons-steak-house/)

10) Millworks – Cambridge

(http://www.favouritetables.com/restaurant/millworks)

A few restaurants have proved very popular recently and are just outside the Top Ten simply because they have only been listed for a short period so when looked at over the past twelve months the count of visits was lower.

Notably:
Beach House – South Wales (http://www.favouritetables.com/restaurant/beach-house/)

Barbecoa – London (http://www.favouritetables.com/restaurant/barbecoa-piccadilly/)

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A little bit of Morocco in East London

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Many thanks to the guys over @DesignMyNight for sharing this. An amazing Moroccan Medina style bar and restaurant has been opened on a Rooftop in East London. Situated at 1-5 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3JX with Old Street being the nearest Tube Station.

Venue: @_QueenOfHoxton

Enjoy…..

 

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Restaurant Ynyshir’s Chef Patron Gareth Ward to Cook at The Twenty Six

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Chef Patron at Ynyshir Restaurant, Gareth Ward in a one-off event at The Twenty Six  

A “one night only” nine-course tasting menu event will take place on 17th September, at The Twenty Six in Tunbridge Wells.

Gareth’s menus at Ynyshir reflect seasonal availability of Welsh and British ingredients from both sea and land, including Dyfi Valley Welsh lamb, wild deer, duck and partridge, foraged sea herbs at Ynyslas beach and wild garlic in the Cumbrian mountains. Ynyshir is a Michelin star, four AA rosette restaurant with rooms, and is number 12 in The Good Food Guide 2018

Cooking at The Twenty Six, Gareth and his team will create a dining experience to showcase Ynyshir, that takes guests on a creative journey through Wales and the British Isles over a nine-course tasting menu

With only 26 places available for this exclusive culinary night, it’s certainly not one to be missed.
When: September 17th,  2017 – guests to arrive at 7.30 for drinks, to be seated for dinner at 8 pm. Served in one sitting for dinner on a long communal table to 26 guests
Tickets: £60 per person.  Reservations are open on www.thetwenty-six.co.uk or call The Twenty Six on 01892 544607 to book. A deposit will be taken at the time of booking.
Where: The Twenty Six, 15a Church Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN4 0RX

Peruvian-Japanese Restaurant Mommi

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Peruvian-Japanese Restaurant Mommi has gained Gluten Free accreditation from Coeliac UK

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The Frog makes a small leap….

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Adam Handling, owner of The Frog E1 has traveled a short distance to Liverpool Street and today (26th of June) opens Bean & Wheat, a coffee shop and deli.

Bean & Wheat will be focusing on using only locally-sourced artisan ingredients and supplies from London-based coffee roasters and bakeries. It will be open for breakfast and lunch to eat in or takeaway. Adam and the team at The Frog E1 have developed the menu to reflect the innovative, flavoursome combinations that regular customers at The Frog E1 have been delighting in for just over a year now, but in a more relaxed non formal setting, where Adam will be looking to again champion a  ‘no waste’ philosophy.

There will be a wide range of breads, baked by local bakeries such as the E5 Bakehouse, including a Hackney Wild loaf and Walnut Rugbrød (a Danish dark rye sourdough). E5 Bakehouse have been making bread in the local area for many years and have a “mother dough”  starter for the sourdough breads that is older than chef himself. To go with the amazing bread selections customers will be able to choose from an array of daily changing savoury and sweet toppings presented in small glass jars that the kitchen at The Frog E1 will prepare and supply each morning, depending on what the chefs have been cooking. An example of what is planned is a delicious duck liver parfait utilising the duck livers from the 200 ducks which the restaurant uses every month that would otherwise potentially be wasted. The chefs will also be creating rich chunky pork terrine, and an earthy bean hummus which is drizzled with a herb oil made using the tops of the herbs which are usually thrown away by chefs.

Bean and Wheat will also serve salads as part of their offering, using seasonal vegetable off-cuts, such as cauliflower stalks, grains and beans. For those with a sweet tooth, you will be able to choose from a selection of retro-inspired cakes, freshly baked by the chefs.

Alongside a range of blended and single origin coffees from independent London roasters, teas from luxury tea company Newby Teas will be Adam’s very own Black & White cold-pressed juice range. Adam created the Black & White presses as part of the company’s effort to reduce food waste. The presses are made using only handpicked and delicious fruit and vegetables that are slightly misshapen and so rejected by restaurants and retailers. The juices will be cold-pressed locally each day and delivered to The FrogE1and Bean & Wheat. who also offer an extensive range of juice combinations to encourage a healthy lifestyle.

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Adam Handling says “I’m hugely excited about the opening of Bean & Wheat, I think there’s a real demand for innovative food to grab and go.  On the other hand, food wastage is an issue that’s increasingly important in our industry, and one that’s particularly close to my heart. Restaurants tend to waste so much food on a day-to-day basis, and we are trying to tackle this – in the next few years we hope to reach zero-waste status.”

The company hopes to eventually eliminate food wastage in all The Frog restaurants and Bean & Wheat, by ensuring that nothing is thrown away needlessly. Any wastage that can’t be used by the kitchen is sent off-site to be made into compost, which they utilise to grows the majority of its own fruit, vegetables and herbs. The Frog’s Flagship restaurant, opening in Covent Garden this September, will also contribute its by-products to Bean & Wheat.

Bean & Wheat is situated in East London on Artillery Passage, a narrow street just off Artillery Lane, a well used route that links Spitalfields with the City.