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Terre A Terre
71 East Street, Brighton BN1 1HQ
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Tue - Fri, Sun: 12:00 - 22:00
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39 reviews of Terre A Terre in English
I have been going to Terre a Terre for years and it never disappoints. If I have friends, family or people I’d rather like to impress coming out with me, I would always choose to take them to T a T, whether they’re veggie or meat-lovers!
Definitely a good place for a special meal. And a colleague just told me they catered their wedding – so if I tie the knot one day I’m pretty sure I know what I’ll be feeding my guests!
And by the way, if you like halloumi, you HAVE to try ‘Better Batter’!
One of the few veggie restaurants that stacks up in terms of invention and high-falutin aims to its Michelin-starred meaty rivals.
Picking through the listy items of the menu (X deep-fried, then rolled in Y, covered in Z and with a jus of A), Terre A Terre wears its ambition on its sleeve – this is a proper, high-end restaurant, that happens to be veggie. That could so easily go drastically wrong. But it doesn’t.
So, don’t expect massively cheap prices, or “healthy” veg food – there’s a lot of fat concealed in some dishes. But do expect complex and vibrant flavours, an excellent wine list and carefully balanced cooking. Excellent all round for a posh veggie meal.
Whilst I have always like veg, I have normally always had meat as well. I would commit to being a veggie. However, since visiting here with a friend for a hesitant lunch, I am now unsura. The food was absolutely scrummy and sooooooo well presented. I shall be returning with my wife on THE Wine tasting weekend soon!!
+ creative vegetarian food
+ great service
- veggie not necessarily healthy!
I came here for a weekday lunch for business and enjoyed the concept of fun vegetarian food outside of the usual salads. I had the "Better Batter and Lemony Yemeni Relish," which was essentially "fish and chips" without the fish. The battered fish was instead replaced by battered halloumi cheese, which had a delightful rubbery texture against the crispy batter. It came with mushy peas (very nice), half a quail egg (what's the point?), two vodka-spiked plum tomatoes (more sweet than tangy), and lots of chunky chips.
Prices are more akin to London level, but the portion is generous. The waiting staff is cheerful and the establishment is well lit. It's a pretty popular venue so booking is advisable. This is the place to bring your carnivorous friends to convince them that vegetarian meals could be exciting. However, quite a few items on the menu are deep fried, so this is not quite the de facto restaurant if you are looking for healthy options.
It's a fun restaurant to go to once in awhile, and I would recommend you try this restaurant especially if you are a vegetarian passing through Brighton.
I have eaten here twice, once on a set lunch with friends the other for dinner on my tod. Both times the service was good but overall I preferred the diner ambience. The food is good as you will have gathered from other reviews but I do wish they would update the interior it is a bit like sitting in a mid range pizza parlour and the prices are a bit steep for everyday. I am not a vegetarian so enjoy their approach all the more. Most recently I had the Suffolk soufflé which was fine but the dessert of the thyme cheesecake as excellent but nearly (£8.00) so should have been! and the wine I had was a delicious organic red and very good indeed, no hangovers the next day! This does make a nice step change for the usual place to go and nice when you have veggies with you who can really enjoy everything on menu rather than the ubiquitous goat cheese tart
I dined here alone whilst on business on recommendation of a friend. The service was impeccable and the food was really well presented and very well cooked. My two issues were with the menu -
Firstly, the choice wasn't huge and felt a little repetitive; for instance they used halloumi in three different main dishes. I think that they could add a little breadth to the menu.
Secondly was the price. This place isn't cheap. I don't mind paying top whack for great food, but felt this was overall a smidge short of the price point. With a glass of wine, my bill was nearly £40 for 3 courses, which I felt was about 30% more than I'd be comfortable with.
Overall, this might be a place you'd be happy going to once in a blue moon for a birthday or similar, but as a regular eatery its price and delivery don't quite match up.
I'm just glad this went on expenses & not my own pocket!
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I know not strictly London, but let's be honest Brighton is essentially London On Sea isn't it?!
There's not a lot I can add to the clamouring crowd of (well-deserved) gushing praise here.
Suffice to say this is possibly one of the best restaurants i have been to. Let alone vegetarian restaurant. Which ordinarily, as a committed carnivore, i would feel somehow cheated by going to ;-)
The service was impeccable, the food incredible; a rhapsody of flavours and beauitifully presented; and for a VERY reasonable price I felt.
It's summer, so there's no better time to visit.
With only an hour or so journey, fares super cheap: i found a day return for less than £10 on trainline, and the beach on your doorstep, you have absolutely no excuses!!
The best vegetarian night out in the UK if you ask me. I love it for special occasions, and feel so special when we go. Staff are fantastic, the food is divine, a great wine selection and well worth the booking and the price. Lots of people say it's over priced for just vegetables.... Well if you want "just" vegetables then go elsewhere - this is hand crafted gourmet vegetarian cuisine at it's best. Try it, have an open mind and think that at least it's not a nut burger or quiche and chips!
This is one of the best restaurants in the country, let alone Brighton. I have been (albeit not often) for many years, and I am amazed at how long they have been able to maintain such high standards. It came top (of all, not a vegetarian sub-category) of the Independent's restaurants award some 10 years ago (ie when the paper was still notable) and recently got 5 stars for the food in AA Gill's Times review (ironically, the only dish he criticised was one I, and my nephew, have thoroughly enjoyed).
Terre a terre really is a restaurant of two halves for me.
The food is stunning. If you thought veggie food could not be beautifully presented and of gourmet standard, then this will open your eyes. And the surroundings are up a notch compared with most veggie establishments.
The first downer, though, is the cost. It's expensive and there's no getting away from that. (I do hear, however, that they are offering some cheaper promotions at the moment).
The other downer is the service. It can be agonizingly slow, which for the price is a real pity. With more competition in this market, I prefer some of Brighton's other veggie venues...
Now this is what I call eating out in style. The decor, ambience, great food and good service make Terre A Terre one of my fave places to visit in Brighton's heartland. Thoroughly recommended and I"m not even a veggie...
Ever heard the expression "style over content"?
Somehow that seems the most fitting comment about this place.
As two couples, we ordered one bottle of white and one bottle of red, some starters and a main each.
The service really was top notch, so no complaints there. Very attentive and pleasant.
However, to say the food was disappointing is to put a spin on the situation that Lord Mandelson would be proud of.
The mains were so bland and tasteless that I was left completely underwhelmed.
When the bill came, it was 130 quid for 4. I really felt almost insulted, given the fact that the food was poor to average at best. I honestly could have made a tastier main course at home in 10 minutes for under a fiver.
My wife and I are well travelled and love good food. We are both also very keen cooks. I can only assume the people giving this place 5 stars simply don't know any better, had a vastly different experience to us or are somehow affiliated with the place.
Forgive the meat-based pun, but this really is mutton parading as lamb.
EDIT: In retrospect, I feel the need to reduce my rating to 1 star. I just hate the whole pretentiousness of places like this, which feel that they can demand ridiculous prices for what is essentially very basic food dressed up in silly language and charge 30 quid for a 4 pound bottle of wine. It really makes me angry.
OK, rant over.
I have to agree with the last reveiwer. I was always amazed at the plaudits piled upon terre terre.
I have been here several times - and maybe I made consistently bas menu choices. But blandness does seem to the specialitly of the the house when it comes to main courses.
Whatever it was described as on the menu the format always seemed to be the same - some sort of veggie burger/risolle with a fairly tasteless sauce.
The deserts are good though.
If you are a vegetarian, then I guess you don't have a huge choice so it makes sense to eat here. If you aren't a vegetarian then I would steer clear of this place.
Oh yum yum yum! Absolutely scrummy! My mouth is watering just thinking about the meal I had here last Saturday evening. Potato rosti and spinach with a melted cheese and a perfectly poached egg on top. Delicious. There were four of us and we were all delighted with our choices. The chef clearly has fun with an unusual blend of flavours and the menu writer has fun with words. Lemon butter isn't just lemon butter - it's 'lemony yemeni butter'. Everything about this place is fun and yummy. I'd almost move to Brighton just to eat here every week. Oh yum yum yum!
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