Strolling along the picturesque Brighton shoreline, I found myself drawn to the irresistible energy emanating from the newly renovated The Seahorse (formerly Brighton Beach Club). This beachfront oasis beckoned me to embark on a culinary adventure. It combined the relaxed vibe of a beach bar with the sophistication of fine dining.
A warm, enticing atmosphere at The Seahorse
Upon entering, I was instantly greeted with warm, welcoming smiles from the staff. They made me and my dining companions feel right at home. The open, airy and modern design over two floors created an inviting ambiance, setting the stage for the delectable meal to come.
The menu, a tantalising tapestry of flavours, featured dishes that would cater for most including vegan and gluten free options. The lovely manager, Lola, explained how much of a difference the place has come since Portobello Brewery took over the venue. They make sure the locally-sourced ingredients and the harmonious blend of traditional British fare with international influences are evident in every dish.
A delightful menu for summer
We opted to sit on the terrace as the sun was just right for a beautiful spring evening. First, we were presented with some marinated olives (£4) and rosemary focaccia that came with a delicious pesto-style herb oil. We sipped on a margarita and a Portebello brew beer (gluten-free I must add!).
To start, and under some recommendations from Lola, we chose the smoked beetroot tartare with mustard aioli and salt and pepper crackers (£6). They looked marvellous on the plate and had a refreshing tang to it. Also, we had some vegetable tempura with a lovely ponzu dipping sauce (£6.50). And, moroccan lamb skewers with pine nuts on a bed of creamy spiced aubergine, pomegranate and yoghurt base (£9.50). Plus, grilled pork loin with roasted fennel and romesco sauce (£8.50) which was very tender and satisfying.
Next, we ordered some mains. I indulged in a classy roasted chicken supreme with hispi cabbage. It came with potato gratin covered in a chicken jus and bacon crumb (£18).
One of us asked for the confit potato (apparently, she always tries this in restaurants that serve it to seek out the best) with a cacio e pepe sauce and a generous sprinkling of parmesan cheese. Their impression was this mouth-watering creation was nothing short of a taste sensation.
My vegetarian friends who accompanied me shared the roasted cauliflower, drizzled in a lip-smacking sticky sesame sauce. It gave a fuller texture, on a cushion of lemon wild rice and a radicchio salad (£15) and stole the show in my opinion. Finished with a tamarind roasted squash, peanut & herb chutney, coconut butter bean curry (£15.50).
The Seahorse promises drinks with a view
Throughout the meal, we savoured a handpicked selection of local and international wines. As well as refreshing cocktails crafted by the talented bar staff. As I sipped my drink, I marvelled at the breath-taking views of the Brighton coastline and the relaxed atmosphere of The Seahorse.
The experience at the restaurant was nothing short of exceptional. The exquisite culinary offerings, attentive service, and picturesque surroundings left me not only satisfied but also inspired and uplifted. This is a destination that truly embodies the spirit of Brighton. I cannot wait to return for another delightful meal or cocktail on the terrace.
The venue also caters for large parties and events (weddings, birthdays, you name it!). This includes a dedicated bookings planner who will be able to advise on which area would suit your needs best. They can also suggest which food & drink packages would work for you. And, will be available to advise throughout, to ensure everything runs smoothly.