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“Didn't live up to expectations”
Review of Cassons Restaurant

Cassons Restaurant
Ranked #36 of 254 Restaurants in Chichester
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$38 - US$62
Cuisines: French, British
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Good for: Romantic, Groups, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: The finest food set in charming relaxed surroundings, cooked by award winning Chef Viv. Out of City with plenty of parking.The owners strive to give each guest an unforgettable experience.
Reviewed 15 March 2014 via mobile

Unfortunately Cassons didn't live up to my expectations. The decor is nice and the staff are friendly, it has a family run feel and certainly isn't stuffy.

There were about 6 main courses; but if you don't like fish, don't want the vegetarian options and are concerned about the ethics if eating fois gras you are limited on your choices.

With only a handful of options you'd have thought the waitress would be able to answer questions about what was in the dishes, but she wasn't. After trying to wing it she had to speak with the chef. Similarly she only had 3 beer options to remember and she could only remember 2.

It seems to me that Cassons pays too much attention to presentation and cooking techniques (they seem to love foams) but not enough attention to the actual flavours.

The suckling pig was bland. It had a couple of pieces of apple and the cider reduction was minimal. The greens looked like an after thought this led to forkful after forkful of fatty pork. Not very enjoyable.

Dessert of 3 sorbets was nice. The flavour intensity of the sorbets varied massively and as I had the strong berry one first the others were difficult to appreciate. The brandy snap was lovely and I would have like more.

Overall £31 is too expensive for the courses I received. Compared to what comme ca was offering at a more central location this doesn't seem value for money. The clientele is mainly older and if reviewers don't travel very far I can see how this can rate highly compared to other local restaurants as there are few who do what Cassons tries to do.

I feel the idea is good but the execution is poor. Also the wallpaper in the toilets is peeling and is in need of decoration.

4  Thank Tri99sy
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Reviewed 27 February 2014

We went here for a celebration lunch and were delighted at the quality of the food, the great service and the relaxed atmosphere.

The choices for each course was excellent (I had scallops followed by a medley of pork) and the pre meal nibbles and bread were all made in house. In addition, and to me this makes the difference, was the effort made for the desserts. Often desserts are an after thought.. not here. I had a delicious blackberry sheet with honeycomb, and the cheese board had a huge range of cheeses (as well as being huge itself). Everything was beautifully presented and flavoursome. At the same time the staff were brilliant, just the right balance of service and discretion making a relaxed and enjoyable meal for all. My daughter was with us and they provided her with half portions of the wonderful fod (rather than a grotty childrens option). The pricing was also I felt really great value considering the quality of the food. Great wines too! Big thumbs up.

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1  Thank Fiona_mama
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Reviewed 24 February 2014

We visited Chichester for the weekend, staying in the centre of town, Cassons was recommended and did not disappoint. Being just outside of town we needed a taxi to get there and back. The staff greeted us and we were seated in the bar area for pre-dinner drinks and a lovely amuse bouche. The menu is well priced at 3 courses for £39, the quality of the food was very good to excellent; there is a reasonable choice for vegetarians. The wine list was excellent and we had a very nice bottle of white Burgundy at a good price. The staff were attentive and discrete throughout; the ambiance is low-key and romantic and the historic interiors are tastefully decorated. The patron, chef and staff are clearly really in to good food and wine and are committed to creating a good experience for diners. We would definitely go again if in the area and would recommend to anyone visiting looking for a very good meal in a nice venue.

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1  Thank thedebonairmsbacall
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Reviewed 17 February 2014

I went for lunch with my wife, daughter and grand-daughter. The staff were most friendly and even produced special dishes for my grand-daughter. The food was exquisite and included beautiful seared callops and exquisite foie gras. It was my birthday; they gave me chocolates. There is a well-chosen wine list. Prices are very reasonable indeed. This was the best meal I have had for a considerable time and certainly the best value for money.

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1  Thank Stuart T
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Reviewed 14 February 2014

I have not had much experience with fine dining and didn't expect to find it in a little restaurant sitting on the side of the A27 but my oh my what a fabulous experience!! Don't let the location put you off as when inside you could be in the middle of the countryside, and the food was just divine. Presentation, flavours and textures just kept me saying mmmmmmm from the first mouthful to the last crumb.
My thanks to Cass, his chef and his friendly staff for making my evening such a lovely one, I highly recommend this restaurant and will certainly be returning soon.

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