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Another fantastic lunch at Table in Brighton, review

Yet another fabulous lunch at Table in Brighton, I’m left baffled at why the place isn’t busier – although admittedly I went for Monday lunch but still…

I first came to Table three months ago following a recommendation by @foodguardian. I booked for my husband’s birthday lunch and we paid £13 corkage to enjoy a special bottle of Chianti Classico 1985 Reserva. Every dish we had was an absolute delight, although I took no pics or notes which is why it has taken a second visit for a review.

Table is situated in the North Laines and is part of the new part-pedestrianised area of the town by Brighton Library.

The restaurant prides itself on locally sourced food and changes its menu every month to include a good dose of what’s in season.

I was there today for a lunch with a Brighton-based wine writer and so again brought some of our own wines – this time a collection of Spanish sparklers from my client, Codorniu.

To start I had the Calamari, superbly presented, fresh, lively and zesty lunch like the wine we enjoyed with – Anna de Codorniu.

It was served pan fried on a bed of bortlotti beans, fresh chilli and parsley. Wonderful!

For mains, I opted for the gnocchi. These are a world away from the freeze dried gnocchi you can buy in supermarkets and instead were plate of delightful fluffy moist potato dumplings with juicy cherry vine tomatoes, kalamata olives, basil and parmesan.

We ordered an obscene amount of sides, the courgette fritters and rocket salad being my personal faves, the only duff one being the paprika dusted onion rings which while monsterous in size were not so great on the palate. The onion felt a little undercooked and the batter, not quite delicate enough for restaurant fare, more pub grub.

To finish, I had a delicious damson bakewell tart I couldn’t fault.

Table is consistently good, with wonderful service and reasonable prices – considering the quality of what they serve and the clear thought and attention that has gone into every dish.

So all in all another fantastic lunch at Table, again I just have to feel bad for them it isn’t busier as they are doing everything right – spread the word it is a real find!


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  1. Consider the word spread up this way – next time we’re down by the sea, we’ll definitely pop in for a meal – it’s always good to find a decent Italian style food. Gnocchi is one of those things it is easy to make but hard to master. Good to know that there’s somewhere doing it right.

  2. I too enjoyed a memorable meal at Table – and indulged in the sublime Gnocchi – on the recommendation of @foodguardian. I walked past this Saturday evening and was pleased to see it was packed to the rafters. You missed out by not having the buttered samphire though-the taste of the sea on a plate. It may have drawn a raised eyebrow from the waiter when I ordered it alongside the Gnochi but I enjoyed every mouthful!

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