Tuesday, 12 July 2016

My Brighton Date-Night Hideaway


Tucked at the end of a pretty residential street, close to my favourite cinema on the way in to Brighton, is the tiny authentic Sicilian restaurant called Mediterraneo, one of those
amazing little neighbourhood gems you hope will never shut down. I’m only ever in this part of town to visit the cinema, so every time I’m there, I always make sure it’s still in businesss, never resisting to snap another picture of its intriguing miniature façade.

Inside, you could be stepping into what you might imagine a little traditional Sicilian village restaurant, small and cosy, crammed with little tables bathed in candlelight, and shelves bursting with wine bottles and local food, but what gives Mediterraneo a personal Brighton flavour are the owner's paintings that decorate the walls…



So as far as Brighton restaurants go, Mediterraneo is as good as it gets in terms of local restaurants. It’s one of those perfect places to come to if you want a simple date night where you can chat for hours over a bottle of delicious local wine, a family get together, a big birthday party dinner (you can hire the place all to yourself), or even a wedding reception. I’ve pretty much given this hidden gem a test run for all occasions for you…



Mediterraneo Brighton

Between the big candlesticks, low lighting, delicate tablecloths and rickety café chairs, Mediterraneo is a quirky, yet sophisticated little place created with love by its husband and wife team, Giorgio and Sonia, unlike so many of the tourist traps in this seaside town. Giorgio works the floor treating his customers as best friends, while Sonia works magic in the teeny tiny kitchen you can spy from the restaurant.  They’re only open for dinner for parties less than six people on Friday and Saturday night, so I do recommend calling ahead to make a booking so you’re not disappointed.



Now that we’ve established that this is a picture perfect little venue and not a deceiving seaside cliché, we can look at the menu and get excited. This Sicilian kitchen wants to appeal to you by serving delicious yet not heavy traditional food, the stuff they’d eat at home if it was a special occasion.

Mediterraneo Brighton

To start, he had the mini arancini balls which Giorgio tells us are the equivalent of Sicilian 'fast street food', while I went for the more ladylike version of grilled aubergine rolls stuffed with mozzarella, tomatoes, parma ham and rocket. So pretty and so divine!

Mediterraneo Brighton

Next, I chose the stuffed pepper, while he had the Parmigiana de Melaneze (a hearty vegetable stew of aubergines, potatoes, mozzarella and breadcrumbs). Both faultless.


To finish off, we share a Tiramisu and knock back a limoncello – rude not to. All in all with a good bottle of local wine, our bill came in at just over £30 a head which left us feeling proud we hadn’t paid our money to a chain, instead to a local restaurant created with love by two hard-working, talented owners.



You have to admit this place is cute – maybe even a romantic Brighton restaurant and there aren’t many of them around. This is a true gem.



Find Mediterraneo Deli at 2A Clyde Road, Brighton BN1 4NP.


8 comments:

  1. Gosh I have never heard of this place but it's very close to where I live. Definitely going to check it out ASAP.

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    1. It's been there since 2009 I think but started out as a deli open in the day only. It's lovely and great it's your local!

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  2. Oh! My!
    I want to go back to Brighton NOW!!!!!! Xxx

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  3. This place is wonderful! I reccomended it to another blogger from Bristol after reading your post and she went last weekend and loved it! Xx

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    1. That's such a sweet story! Love it! Xx

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