The food at Brighton’s Plateau is based around the idea of sharing, with the sharing plateaux of meat or fish being a popular choice on the menu. Food is locally sourced, at this French-inspired restaurant, and the wine list is impressive and extensive (over 120 wines).
The charming bar is worth a visit alone for one of their strong and cocktails or for a decent glass of wine. We’ve also heard good things about sister restaurant, Mange Tout.
Visited: September 2016
Excellent choice of wines
Small venue means lots of people may walk past your table (but it does make dining nice and cosy)
Tim left feeling slightly peckish still so next time we would opt for a starter each instead of sharing one, or maybe sample the impressive dessert menu
We visited on a Saturday night and the atmosphere in the intimate venue was buzzing as we chose our cocktails at the bar. The cocktail list boasts some unusual additions and sufficient options to suit my sweet tooth and Tim’s love of a petrol-flavoured beverage.
Our table was ready promptly and we were seated upstairs where it’s a little more quiet, which we preferred. We noted the menu had changed since we last visited (last time we fell in love with their duck-heart starter) and so we opted to share the goat prosciutto to start followed by the sharing meat platter. Other mains are available for non-sharers, and are listed on the special’s board.
The goat was really interesting, a good meaty flavour, served with bread and cornichons. Whilst not being as memorable as the duck hearts it was certainly a very pleasant start to the meal.
The meat plateaux was amazing, and again it was different to the meat platter we had last time we dined here so it’s nice to see that they do change up the menu. The plateaux consisted of slow roast pork belly, ox tongue and spiced duck breast. The pork belly was tender with a crispy crackling. The ox tongue surprised me by being my favourite dish, I was hoping it wouldn’t be too sinewy and it certainly wasn’t. I was a little disappointed by the duck, despite it being cooked to perfection, as it just wasn’t as impressive as the other two meats. The side of cheesy truffle chips – made with rich, creamy, Duddleswell sheeps’ cheese – were decadent, rich and a perfect accompaniment to a board of meat.
We were contemplating a Pinot Noir to go with the meat platter but the knowledgeable sommelier recommended that we instead try Hughes Béguet ‘So True’ , which is actually a blend of a Trousseau and a Ploussard grape. The wine was quite unusual, floral on the nose and fruity and delicate on the palate with spice on the finish, it went well with the meats and we were thankful of the advice. We didn’t quite find room for dessert, although they do look amazing – dark chocolate fondant with pecan brittle and ice cream and the buttermilk pannacotta with burnt honey ice cream & fresh figs have to be worth a try.
Plateau remains our favourite Brighton restaurant, whilst the food here isn’t cheap, it’s not too expensive either and, owing to the quality of the food and wine, it’s definitely worth the price tag.
Overall verdict: 9.5/10
Cost of food: Starters are priced at £5-£8 with sharing platters costing between £15 and £28. The main fish or meat plateaux for two costs £32. A two course meal for two including cocktails to start and a bottle of wine with the meal costs approximately £100.
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