Skyfall in Hove, launch The 42 Club, an exclusive invitation only card for VIP’s, and raised with a raffle £350 for Rocking Horse Children’s Charity.
Owner Jordan Tsar invited 40 VIP guest and treated them to an extravagant taster menu highlighting courses from Skyfall’s new autumn menu, the first prepared by their new young chef Nathan Pfefferle.
For starters we were treated to:
Tomatoes and Arancini: textures of tomatoes and basil with confit tomato arancini and smoked ricotta. Beautifully presented, simple and very tasty. The ricotta did not overpower the flavour of the sweet fresh tomatoes and all served on fresh homemade bread (£6).
Scallops: aubergine caviar, squid ink granola, basil and cauliflower carpaccio, a spectacular creation and my favourite dish on the complete menu at Skyfall. Scallops were cooked perfectly, complemented by the caviar and the cauliflower carpaccio provided a touch of genius (£9).
On an earlier visit I tried the Mussel and Clam Chowder for my starter. It was first class. A perfectly balanced slightly spicy chowder with juicy mussels and crunchy baby sweet corns (£7).
For main course we were tempted with:
Braised Oxtail: slow-braised oxtail ragout, 4 oz ribeye steak, sweet potato gnocci, roasted vegetables, shallots and crusty bread. The oxtail flavour was very pronounced. I had not eaten oxtail for quite a while and forgot how full on the flavour of actually is. That will be changing in the future and the gnocci was a perfect foil for the strong oxtail flavour (£18).
Fillet of Sea Trout: saffron risotto, mussels, green seasonal vegetables, seaweed and beurre blanc. Lovely flavoured trout cooked just right and served moist. Perfectly complemented by the seaweed and green vegetables (£15).
For desert we had the choice of White Chocolate and Salted Caramel Cheesecake (£5.50) or Chocolate and Hazlenut Brownie (£5.50). I was tempted by both. They were mighty fine providing the crowning glory on an evening of fine dining with great company.
Skyfall serves Modern British/European cuisine in very attractive and stylish surroundings. The young head chef Nathan is a master of presentation. The restaurant is beautifully styled, comfortable to sit in and the only little criticism that could be made about a great evening out were the sound levels when the performers were singing. They were a tad too loud for an older person like me. For a VIP evening such as this maybe not much of a problem but I would feel differently if I was out for a romantic dinner.
Entertainment was provide by vocalists Scott Howland and Keris Lea from the Sundaes, Europes biggest girl group.
All prices quoted above are the cost for the dish on the main menu.
Skyfall have a great room upstairs for hire for private parties and event.
♦ Breakfast served daily from 9 – 11.30am
♦ Set menu served 12 noon – 6pm Mon to Sat: (last orders 10pm). 1 course £9.50: 2 courses £11.50: 3 courses £14.50
♦ Dinner menu served daily from 6pm – close (last order 10pm) Mon to Sat
♦ Sunday roasts served 12noon – close (last orders 10pm)
Top Tip: Try a cocktail. They range in price from £7.50 – £8.50 and are expertly mixed. We tried the Long Island Ice Tea and Popcorn Martini both cost £8.50 and were as good as any cocktail you will get in town and, for a restaurant of this quality, very reasonably priced.
42 Church Road, Hove BN3 2FN
For reservations telephone: 01273 041007