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Eating Out in Regency: Blenio Bistro

Published by on Thursday, 12 June 2008No Comment

Blenio BistroBrighton and Hove is home to nearly 500 hundred restaurants and cafes and yet as residents we all know that the standard and quality does vary considerably. Clearly most establishments have to maintain a certain standard of food and service otherwise they will be out of business very quickly. But what really matters to people is finding a place to eat which is genuinely unique and offers a really dependable and pleasurable food experience, whether it’s a celebration dinner, Sunday lunch, traditional cooked breakfast or a delicious coffee and pastry – one such place is Blenio Bistro which you will find in Dyke Road just up from the Seven Dials.

Of course all really special eating places need an excellent chef and they don’t come much better than Peter Bruschi who was trained as an apprentice back in the 80’s with the iconic Roux Brothers. That training clearly laid the culinary groundwork for him to develop his own unique style of delicious European food with a strong French influence Paula, Peter’s wife is the other half of this talented duo who opened Blenio just over a year ago having sold their award winning restaurant in Tunbridge Wells called ‘Right on the Green’ . Paula is very much front of house and with her background in corporate hospitality you can be sure to be greeted by her charming smile and warm personality when you walk through the entrance of Blenio.

The next thing which strikes you immediately is the décor of the bistro as it is strikingly French with blue paintwork, exposed brickwork and pots of various herbs on each of the tables and some attractive pictures adorn the walls. Frankly when you sit in Blenio’s you are completely oblivious of the fact that you are in the heart of the city, rather than some leafy boulevard in Provence! It also has the benefit of a charming mature garden where weather permitting, you can eat out under the branches of a very large fig tree!

But above all things it is of course the food which makes Blenio’s so memorable. If it’s breakfast which you fancy, then from 11am until 3pm (weekdays) 10am to 4pm (Saturdays) and 10am – midday (Sundays) this is the place to satisfy your needs, whether full English (well we are talking about breakfast after all!) at a modest £6 or let the Francophile in you take over and order toasted brioche, drizzled with a warm berry sauce £5.25 or choose from delicious freshly made croissants and pastries.

If a lighter meal is more your thing, then go for the bistro menu ranging from fresh pea and mint risotto £7.50 or moules mariniere with french fries at £7.90 to pasta pesto £6.50 with lots more delicious dishes in between. Also look out for their speciality hearty home made stews which are served with rice and crusty bread & butter at £6.50
If you do want something more substantial then you will certainly not be disappointed with the a la carte menu offering a choice of starters like pan fried quail with delicate chilli vinaigrette and green bean salad £6.95 or curried king prawns with apple and chive salad £7.

Main courses include Sussex lamb with roasted vegetables, puy lentil and dauphinoise potatoes at £15, traditional monkfish bouillabaisse with accompaniments at £13.50 or pan fried polenta with ratatouille and aubergine parcel with parmesan crisp at £9.50 and once again many more dishes from this main course menu to stimulate your taste buds.

If you still have room for pudding – would for instance pineapple ravioli with strawberries & crème fraiche centre £5.95 fit the bill?!

Blenio also has a take away service of freshly made sandwiches, so try chicken caeser at £4.50 or prawn and avocado at the same price and of course the home made cakes and pastries as well as a range of speciality breads can all be purchased to take out.

A truly complete French bistro experience right on the doorstep of Regency magazine’s residents and one that in my opinion you would be foolish to miss!

Open Wed/Thurs/Fri from 11am – 3pm and 6pm – 10pm (last food orders) Sat 10am – 4pm and 7pm – 11pm Sunday 10am – 9pm (last food orders) Closed Monday and Tuesday).
Phone 01273 220220 to make a reservation which is recommended for evenings or for booking a table for traditional roast Sunday lunch. Their website is http://www.bleniobistro.com.

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