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“Pleasantly surprised”

New Steine Restaurant
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Ranked #513 of 1,168 Restaurants in Brighton
Cuisines: French
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Description: Tucked away inside the fashionable New Steine Hotel in central Brighton is an award-winning restaurant serving up homemade French food. The New Steine Bistro has a cosy Parisian vibe, and the contemporary décor has a distinct Provencal twist. Set in a five-storey Georgian townhouse, this elegant restaurant attracts business travellers and tourists as well as food loving locals, and the classic French menu is made with produce sourced from Sussex farmers. Perfect for romantic escapes, working lunches and chic dinner parties, the New Steine Bistro boasts a certain je ne sais quois. Expect gourmet Gallic treats such as steak frites with garlic butter and Béarnaise; foie gras de canard, served with warm toast; and crème brulee.
Reviewed 21 July 2014

Having read very mixed reviews for this restaurant, we didn't have particularly high expectations as to what it would be like. As we were visiting on a Groupon, we didn't have too much to lose. As confirmed in a previous review, it was rather strange to have to ring a bell to gain entry, however, the response was prompt and we were met with a smile. The restaurant is quite small and quirky and had a quiet atmosphere. The walls were adorned with paintings of red and black dogs heads (Jack Russels?), some on human bodies, and these were an acquired taste. Our expectations had not yet increased but we were very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food. Each of our courses were very tasty and there were other options on the menu that were equally tempting.
By the end of the meal we had been very pleasantly surprised. The service was polite but rather slow, considering there were no more than about 12 people dining, however, we put this down to the time taken to prepare the food, so it was worth the wait and nice not to be rushed. If it were not for the Groupon, this would not have been on our list of places to visit, but we're delighted to have had a very good meal somewhere a bit different.

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1  Thank Richard J
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

Have been here twice now and both times the food and the staff have been very good, well worth a visit

1  Thank Mark S
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Reviewed 19 June 2014 via mobile

Eaten here a couple of times - its a venue at the Brighton Festival for instance. Foods Ok- restaurant usually pretty empty

Bought a living social deal . Book by June 8th (in small type which i hadn't noticed) but eat by June 29th in large type. Phoned on June 19th to book & they would not honour the voucher

The terms & conditions say you can't extend beyond the enjoy by date- fair enough- but the booking date in small type needs to be 3 weeks earlier? That aspect is mot specifically in the T&C

Fair or sharp practice? I am undecided. I was surprised though!


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Thank Tastydogs
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Reviewed 16 June 2014

This is the 3rd time that I have been to this restaurant and again the food was very good. The waitress was very friendly and attentive. I would not hesitate in going again, and have recommended to my friends and family who have also gone and enjoyed.

Thank Kazzyh
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

My partner booked us in here for a meal for my birthday. We were in Brighton for a weekend away and as I love french food it seemed like a good idea to try a french bistro. I have to say that the food was awful topped off by terrible service. Firstly on arrival we could not get in...we rang the bell several times which I found odd, why would a restaurant not have an open door? we were let in by a girl who did not apologise for keeping us waiting and just seemed to stare at us blankly when we asked her any questions. Finally a different waitress appeared who seemed to have the ability to speak, we ordered our food and what we got was just awful overcooked, bland and the wine we were served was corked I asked for the bottle to be changed and got another blank look. I have never known waiting staff to be so incompetent as they are here, in between serving us corked wine and awful food they just , well stared at you. We were obviously not alone in our dismay there was another table who were complaining about their food and also during our meal some guests of the hotel came down to complain about their room they were also met by blank looks from the staff and left almost as exasperated as we did when their complaints fell on deaf ears. What a terrible place enter at your peril!

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1  Thank Martin B
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