The Coal Shed, Brighton – Food With Fire
August 21, 2017
The Coal Shed in Brighton has to be one of my favourite steak restaurants in the country. With all their meat cooked on the josper charcoal oven, you’re guaranteed flaming tasty steaks every time you dine here. Cooked with flare and expertise, food at The Coal Shed is locally sourced, meaning only the finest of ingredients are used – and it tastes that way too!
The restaurant itself has a slick, cool design – industrial style ceiling lights against exposed brick walls and distressed floorboards make this a stylish dining area to hang out in. The vibe is informal but refined, relaxed but buzzy and casual but elegant.
Add in some really great staff (their service was brilliant) and a private dining area in the library suitable for private parties of up to 14 people and you’ve got a winner!
We chose a table right in the window – perfect for people spotting and casting an eye over the rest of the restaurant – it’s nice to be able to see what other people are ordering too! We started off by perusing a fabulous wine list which has tonnes of choice and wines from all around the world. Our waitress was keen to recommend some nice reds to have with my starter – the BBQ glazed Jacob’s ladder short ribs (£8.50) which came with pickled cabbage and sesame to start – a delightful Argentinian malbec from the Piattelli vineyard served in a gigantic wine glass was spot on to bring out the flavour of the meat – simply divine. Loving everything about this dish, with the rich intense flavours and subtle taste of sesame, I couldn’t wait to try my main.
My sister went for the spiced lamb rack with pressed lamb shoulder, baba ganoush and tomato salsa (£22.00) – a fabulous combo of tender meat and Middle-eastern flavours. When in Rome, I decided I just had to try the rib eye steak with a 250g slab priced at a reasaonble £22. I like my steaks cooked quite well and the fat on this rib eye was just perfect – again benefiting from that gorgeous smokey josper grill flavour. With a bearnaise sauce on the side which was creamy and well balanced, but not too rich or overpowering, I couldn’t resist the sides of truffle mac ‘n’ cheese £4.50 (which was out of this world) and the beef dripping chips £3. A hearty, faultless meal which with the most delicious of flavours and the freshest of ingredients.
With absolutely no room for dessert, we did take a sneaky peak and decided on our return, we definitely be trying the peanut butter artic roll with jame and brown butter crumb – I mean, wow… that just sounds ridiculously good…
The Coal Shed is the type of restaurant you can while away a whole evening in, having a relaxed, leisurely feast in a great lively atmosphere. Turns out, if you play with fire, you get incredibly good steak and I’ll gladly be heading all the way back to Brighton just to eat here again.
Written by Luxuria Lifestyle UK’s Ashleigh Whitfield