The Waterhouse Bar and Restaurant sits directly opposite the West Pier at the front of the grand Hilton Metropole Hotel. The Restaurant is smart and spacious with dark panelled walks and monochrome tiled floors. The room is furnished with comfy leather chairs, wall libraries and relaxed lighting. The floor to ceiling windows offer a vista out to the Brighton seafront where you can watch the world go by. The vibe is smart but laid back…and very relaxing.
We visited on a Thursday lunchtime to try out their Bottomless Brunch which is available when you make a reservation online through Bookatable.co.uk. At this time the restaurant was reasonably quiet with only a handful of guests…a couple in a business meeting in one corner a family in another. We find a table near a set of glass French doors looking out to the Pier. Sinking into the high backed a chairs we settle in to enjoy a couple of hours of relaxation and fine dining.
The Bottomless Brunch menu offers endless top ups on either a glass of Prosecco or a glass of Horse Radish Bloody Mary for a whole 90 minute brunch sitting….just make sure you’re not the designated driver! The brunch menu offers a choice of a full English Breakfast, Omelette, Scotch Egg, Steak Sandwich, Avocado Smash or French Toast. I chose the Steak Sandwich and my husband couldn’t resist the Full English Breakfast.
We were promptly served our first glass of Prosecco shortly after being seated and enjoyed the bubbles whilst we waited for our food to arrive. The food appeared a short wait and another glass of Prosecco later. The Steak Sandwich is served open with a fried duck egg and a rocket garnish. Presented on a warm slate platter the dish looked incredible. The generous serving of Steak arrived pink in the middle and was placed delicately on a warm crunchy wholegrain roll. The Steak was tender and deliciously salty. The warm bread was moistened by yolk from the rich and creamy duck egg meaning no other condiments were required.
My husband claims the Full English Breakfast was one of the best he’s ever had! The Black Pudding being rich, meaty and flavoursome and the sausages hearty and juicy. The tomatoes were cooked so they were warm but still juicy and the hash browns crispy but moist. The bacon was thick but well cooked and the egg yolks were perfectly creamy. If I had one criticism it was that the toast arrived after most of the breakfast had been consumed…perhaps better to ask brown or white whilst taking the initial order rather than as the meal arrives.
Still working our way through our Bottomless Prosecco it was time to order pudding. There are only two options on the Brunch menu…but both appealed to us so I ordered the Raspberry Cheesecake and Matt went for the Chocolate Brownie. My Raspberry Cheesecake was a generous New York style serving with plenty of raspberry coulis to add a bit of zest. The dessert was served with vanilla ice cream which was let down by a layer of ice crystals on the surface. The cheesecake however was divine.
The Brownie was also a generous serving of a traditional Brownie with chocolate chips and a gooey centre. This was supposed to be served with a salted caramel, peanut butter and honeycomb ice cream…but sadly we didn’t receive this which was a real disappointment…instead the dish was accompanied by another portion of the crystallised vanilla ice cream which was a real shame. The Brownie, as with the cheesecake, was delicious. Rich and sticky with enough caramel drizzled over the dish to perfectly finish off a truly indulgent brunch.
The Waterhouse Restaurant is a really lovely venue and we found our visit there incredibly relaxing. I would recommend the Bottomless Brunch to anyone who wanting to enjoy great food and drink in a leisurely and laid back setting. There were a few aspects of the meal that could have been improved..but this didn’t tarnish the experience one bit. Lovely venue. Great food. Just a shame the Prosecco had to end!
Bottomless Brunch at The Waterhouse Restaurant costs £25 per person and is available until August 31st through Bookatable.co.uk