There is something very special about Terre a Terre. It is a proper grown up restaurant with a good atmosphere, excellent staff, great wine and cocktail list and wonderful food, which just happens to be veggie.
Its not worthy or trying to change the world - it delivers excellent quality delicious food. Do not be afraid to take committed carnivore there as they will find something delicious to eat and leave stuffed and raving about the place.
Their on-line booking system is a bit challenging on an iphone - so might be best to call to book a table.
We arrived early but were graciously and charmingly greeted despite the place being really busy on a Bank Holiday Friday. Service was exemplary and so friendly. On ordering some champagne the waitress inquired if we were celebrating (which we were). The waitress seemed genuinely interested in our reply and offered sincere congratulations. It really made us feel special. All of the staff really were terrific and work jolly hard to make perfect service look easy and effortless.
For starters my partner had the soup of the day - beautiful asparagus which was delicate yet full of spring flavour. I had the Zhuberganoush (spelling), which looks and tastes a little like guacamole but is made with aubergine. This is served with some amazing flatbreads - i could have eaten them all evening - light and crisp and they also went well when dipped in my partner's soup! (Beware they are fried so a bit indulgent, but what the hell).
His main was a twist on fish & chips - halloumi in chip shop batter, chunky chips, a sublime melange of crushed minted peas, tartare sauce etc., I had the tandoori halloumi with a divine little pot of dal and an amazing marinated pineapple salad. Delicious and so well balanced.
I could have eaten anything and everything on the menu and would have quite happily done so, had my trouser waistband and wallet allowed.
We had a couple of large glasses of wine (good selection by the glass and carafe as well as by the bottle).
We shared a dessert - of non dairy ice cream - absolutely lovely.
This place is not cheap, (£100 for the two of us with tip and including the champagne and wine), but then for all the work that goes into the food, the great ambiance and terrific service, why should it be. Only gripe - which is no fault of the restaurant really - was that there was a very noisy table near by, and the hardwood floor and lowish ceiling meant that at times voices grated a little. If you are sensitive to that kind of thing, ask for a table somewhere quiet, go somewhere else or stay at home! I liked the buzz as it felt like a Manhattan restaurant we go to, where it is all about the food and service and not about the muzac.
A fantastic evening and as good as our previous visits.
If only they were in London rather than Brighton we'd be there every week.
If Carlsberg did veggie restaurants.....
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