Terre a terre

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A little post from Tom today on a restaurant we visited back in Brighton a few weeks back. It also led him to decide to become a vegetarian which is pretty stirling endorsement of the place in itself! 

I first visited Terre a terre a few years ago with some colleagues, while in Brighton for a conference. I came back raving to Fritha about the meal that I’d had there, especially the vodka infused tomatoes that came with my main dish. We vowed to visit Brighton for a weekend in the near future so that we could visit Terre a terre together. Somehow, a few years passed, before we finally did get on the train to Brighton, but on the plus side it meant that I got to take Wilf to Terre a terre too.
We were invited to dine on a Friday lunchtime. The dining room is spacious enough that we didn’t need to worry about Wilf making noise, but busy enough to have some atmosphere.
For starter I chose savoury churros as I love the sweet variety, and was rewarded with a delicious fusion of Asian flavours. Fritha chose the Arepas (deep fried sweetcorn chermoula chips) and was equally impressed.

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For mains Fritha had the Better Batter and Lemony Yemeni Relish, a fantastic take on fish ‘n’ chips using battered halloumi. I have eaten many halloumi dishes and the thing that immediately sets this apart is that the halloumi was creamy rather than salty from being soaked in buttermilk. It is this level of attention to detail that really sets Terre a Terre apart. And the dish was served with another fine little detail – those famous vodka-spiked tomatoes! Wilf got to enjoy a smaller version of this dish (minus the vodka) from the kids menu, which he happily gobbled up.

For my main course I had a baked aubergine dish, again with Asian inspired flavours. Its presentation was flawless. I think the best looking dish of the day and it tasted great too.

For desert, Fritha had some enormous churros with three very indulgent dips and vodka cherries. Once again, Wilf had a small but perfectly formed version minus the vodka. I finished with a refreshing Kulfi which followed the Asian inspired dishes perfectly.

The thing that really struck me about all the dishes was the attention to detail. The minute little additions that make a difference and keep you experiencing new flavours and combinations throughout the dish.

One thing I have learnt writing this review is that Fritha is always drawn to the deep-fried option.
Whilst in Brighton we also visited Ideya and Food for thought. Terre a Terra was our favourite of these three, but Brighton should count it’s self very lucky to have such a wealth of veggie establishments.

My review above may seem overly positive. However, I am not a vegetarian (although only occasional meat eater). I have long since morally and ethically disagreed with eating meat, but old habits die hard (especially for the lazy). But since that meal and eating at the great veggie restaurants in Brighton I have not eaten any meat, nor can I see myself doing so in the future. I always thought that I would one day stop eating meat and that I would have a last meat based meal. However, it was a vegetarian meal of such flavour and quality that finally convinced me. My review is so positive as this was the meal that convinced me to give up meat.

we were invited to dine at Terre a Terre but all words and thoughts are our own


Claire said...

Oh I have been vegetarian for 14 years this year and that looks like the most delicious veggy food I have ever seen! Great review x

Fiona said...

I love terreterre, such amazing food. I was so full when we went I didn't get a pudding but Laurie didn't stop swooning of the churros for at least a month! I definitely hope to go back someday, I wish it wasn't so far away! x

Keri-Anne said...

Sounds amazing and good luck on your vegetarian journey :) x

Jess@AlongCameCherry said...

It looks great! Matt was veggie when we first got together and I stopped eating meat too for about 7 years then when we were living in Spain I caved and ate meat as it was so hard not to eat it over there. Now I keep swaying between the two but Matt is a huge meat eater again so it's not possible for me to cut it out altogether as he just moans and I hate cooking different meals. Maybe I should take him here to persuade him to go veggie again ;) x

Laura @ Kneadwhine said...

This looks amazing. Some veggie ideas I haven't come across before. The sweetcorn chermoula chips are particularly interesting.

I've tried deep fried halloumi before and thought it was a bit odd.

Katie Albury said...

Oh Yummy...even though I've just finished my breakfast, I could still eat this right now! x

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