05 PM | 21 Oct

Brighton Life: Latino America

I had an absolutely outstanding meal here.

Latino America is a recent addition to the restaurant scene here in Hove. It is in fact the first Argentinian restaurant in East Sussex. This is something I only found out recently!

Scott and I only happened to go here because we tried to go to Makara (a fantastic Turkish restaurant) next door. Sadly it was fully booked, so we thought we might as well give Latino America a try.

Our Meal

I’d never had Argentinian food before, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Upon looking at the menu there is a lot of choice, especially when it comes to meat! I noticed there was a good selection of vegetarian food on offer too. Not your bog standard ‘mushrooms with mushrooms’ that veggies usually get fobbed off with!

Starter

We had a starter of Chipa Correntino – cheese rolls made with cassava flour with a Stilton sauce. Oh my! They were absolutely delicious – not too heavy for a starter and the Stilton sauce was delicate and not too over powering. Perfect for sharing.

Chipa Correntino - cheesy, doughy goodness!

Chipa Correntino – cheesy, doughy goodness!

Main

For the main I was going to go for a burger or a steak roll, but Scott liked the look of the Argentine meat experience to share, which was a selection of prime Argentine steak cuts: Cuadril-(Rump), Bife de chorizo (Sirloin), Ojo de bife (Rib Eye) and  Lomo (fillet) with a side of rice. Our waiter recommended that we ordered the trio of sauces (Chimchurri, Provenzal and Criolla) to accompany the steak at a further £5.

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(l-r): Cuadril-(Rump), Bife de chorizo (Sirloin), Ojo de bife (Rib Eye) and Lomo (fillet)

I’m going to be honest here and say my eyes LIT UP when the food came over. Even more so when I finally tucked in! Our waiter recommended that we eat the fillet steak first as it was the highest quality steak and best eaten hot. I am partial to a fillet steak every now and again but this one was melt in the mouth. I didn’t want it to end! All of the steaks were fantastic and the chimchurri sauce complemented the steaks perfectly.

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I absolutely would not hesitate to eat here again – and seeing as I live a 2 minute walk away I will 100% be back!

07 PM | 21 Sep

Brighton Life: Riddle and Finns on the Beach

Wow, what an experience!

I went to Riddle and Finns for the first time last week, after being persuaded to give it a try by my friend Stephanie. I’m a complete novice when it comes to seafood, I’ve always been quite reluctant to eat shellfish…I don’t like the way it looks, plus I have had a couple of experiences where I have dared to try it and it has been of sub standard quality…Stephanie is a bit of a seafood connoisseur, so I decided to put my trust in her and let her order some dishes from the menu for us to try.

The Meal

First of all we started with Champagne and Oysters! We went for a bottle of Court Garden Champagne. Locally grown and bottled in Sussex, it was delicious  – not to try with a bit of sweetness, just the way I like it! As for the Oysters – I’d never ever had Oysters before so I was nervous to say the least. Steph ordered six Native Oysters (They are only in season in months that end with ‘R’ so I am told!) I particularly enjoyed the pickled ginger, spring onion, soy sauce and wasabi oysters. The flavour was incredible, the the oysters had a really ‘meaty’ texture to them. Not what I was expecting at all!

Locally sourced Court Garden champange

Locally sourced Court Garden champange

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Delicious Native Oysters

We also shared some Frito Misto with Basil Mayo, Mussels (yes I ate some Mussels and enjoyed it!), Braised Octopus with Potato Salad, Pan Fried Scallops with Lemon and Parsley and Tuna Tartare. If you had asked me a year ago if I wanted to try any of those things I would have told you to get lost! Especially Octopus! To my surprise, the Octopus was the dish I enjoyed the most! It was so tender, I didn’t want it to end! The warm potato salad complimented it perfectly. I would definitely eat it again. The Tuna Tartare had an asian vibe to it, again very enjoyable.

Frito Misto with Garlic Mayo

Braised Octopus – DIVINE!

Pan-fried Scallops

Dessert

You’d think after all that we might have had enough but oh no!  We had to get dessert (it would be rude not to!). We shared a mint and strawberry panacotta, quite possibly the best dessert I have ever had out! The flavour of the fresh mint really cut through and complimented the strawberry in the middle. I just want to eat it again right now.

Strawberry and Mint Panacotta

Strawberry and Mint Panacotta

To finish, we had a champagne cocktail, The Classic – brown sugar, agnostura bitters with courvoisier – perfection in a glass!

Overall my first proper seafood experience was a brilliant one, and I have no doubt that I wouldn’t get the same experience at other seafood restaurants. Riddle and Finns is the one to beat!