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Viva Brighton Issue #60 February 2018

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FOOD ............................ 1909 at Pressleys The finer things... When George Harry Pressley opened his first watchmaker’s and jewellery shop, in Worthing, in 1909, he instilled in his family a taste for the finer things in life. A predilection still in evidence five generations later in Jonathan Pressley, who not only has the family eye for very fine jewellery but a taste for fine dining too. So much that, late last summer, he combined his passions, enlisted head chef Jake Northcote-Green, and opened 1909 in Pressleys elegant East Street store. The casual fine-dining-meets-fine-jewellery-meets- (newly added)-aperitivo bar continues to dazzle. There’s the feel of a private member’s club when we ring the bell. We’re greeted and guided past gleaming display cases and upstairs to a dining room set around an open kitchen. With room for around twenty diners it’s intimate without being awkward and, as you’d expect from the proprietor, every surface is carefully considered and honed to perfection. From the marble-topped tables, to the bottle-green banquette and the hand-made ceramics, to the brushed golden bar where you’ll soon be able to linger amongst the jewellery, the finish is beguilingly luxe. The menu is every bit as carefully considered, a monthly curation of sixteen small plates and meticulously sourced organic wines. It’s suggested to us that we might like to start with three or four dishes but we select six then seven then eight. I’ve eaten here before and recall how each plate was a delight. A few well chosen ingredients, skilfully prepared and allowed to shine is a beautiful thing. First to the table is pan carasau and labneh: shards of the thinnest flat bread with a coolest, creamiest cheese. Also wafer-thin pickles in tart ponzu. Next is maltagliati pasta with raw milk Beaufort cheese and truffle. ‘Maltagliati’, I learn, translates as ‘poorly cut’ and the torn edges of the pasta are the only rough edges in the place. There’s nutty purple broccoli, al dente and dressed in a deep, umami miso butter; slivers of sharp Cox’s apple and crunchy, vivid carrots, flecked with black sesame; a translucent filet of gurnard atop the lightest creamed celeriac and skordalia. Each dish is delicious but none more so than the ‘baked mids’: cracked potatoes, baked soft but with slightly caught, crispy edges, salted and infused with tarragon. Simple but sublime. We have both the (excellent) cheese dishes: Jurançon Bleu with warm, poached quince and walnuts, and a delightfully creamy Burwash Rose, drizzled with golden, truffle-infused honey. And - sated but driven by curiosity - we order desserts; a pomegranate doughnut with J Cocoa (like refined churros dipped in voodoo-grade chocolate), and a baked apple sorbet (an intensely apply frozen fluff studded with crisp, popped corn). All told, we’ve eaten our way through twelve of the sixteen plates on offer, and each is a gem. Such an accomplished meal in so refined a setting is a rare and delightful thing. Our bill for two (with wine for one) is £83.50, which seems a fair price for such exceptional craftsmanship. Lizzie Lower 26 East Street, 01273 778674. 1909brighton.co.uk ....75....

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