Familiar but fresher: Bistro Nantais

If you’re looking for a stylish and sophisticated Parisian neighbourhood bistro that serves terrific food, I have found it. Except it’s in Hove.

And just to confuse the geography further, it’s called Bistro Nantais – after the city of Nantes, the capital of the Pays de la Loire.

It’s the latest upmarket eaterie to be opened by French chef Pascal Benamari. He made a name for himself in Brighton as head chef at the chic La Fourchette in 2002, before opening his own restaurant, Pascal’s, in 2007. Now, he’s edged a few hundred metres west into Hove for his new offering.

There, he’s stuck to dishes he knows the locals love: mostly traditional French dishes. On the menu, you’ll find foie gras, frogs’ legs, baked camembert, coq au vin…

The wine list, however, extends well beyond France.

I ate at Bistro Nantais last Saturday for the first time. I had escargots to start with, of course, followed by a delicious rack of lamb. Mind you, I looked on with envy as friends shared a medium-rare côte de boeuf.

An assiette gourmande, a sharing plate with samples of most of the desserts, rounded off the evening.

The the menu is affordable – and the two-course lunch for £8.95 looks very tempting.

I’ve already reserved a table.

This entry was published on Sunday, 16 February 2014 at 10:10. It’s filed under Food and wine and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

5 thoughts on “Familiar but fresher: Bistro Nantais

  1. Karen Stephen on said:

    Ah, rack of lamb. I’m keeping your recommendations for my next trip.

  2. I so want to eat there…. Terribly hungry now.

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