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It is always exciting when a new restaurant opens but when that restaurant is within the iconic Grand Hotel on Brighton seafront there is an even greater buzz. The hotel really does live up to its name, as soon as you go through the revolving door and see the stylish concierge and the grand staircase you feel as if you are in for a treat.

The new restaurant and bar has a sumptuous feel to it and the deep blue colour gives a sense of luxury whilst also being warming and welcoming. The island bar is also the kitchen so on a busy night it would be fun to sit here and watch the chefs and mixologists at work; however as we were a couple dining we were given a more romantic table for two overlooking the sea.

As ever the first decision of the night was what to drink and whilst there was an impressive wine list – including some local Sussex sparkling wines – we opted for a cocktail. Both of us were tempted by the ‘When life gives you…’ but in the end I went for a ‘Smoking Vespa’ While both were lovely I felt mine was a better accompaniment to our meal as the ‘When life gives you’ was sweeter than I’d expected so I think this would work best as an after dinner treat.

The food menu is a mixture of small and large plates and dishes are served as soon as they are ready rather than all together. As we were keen to try one of the sharing large plates our waiter advised us to order 3 small plates to start with and then of course we would have the option to order more as we went along – although as we were ordering we forgot to take into account the nibbles we were already enjoying (peanut hummus! - pictured below) which may explain how we ended up with so much food.

To start with we had pickled daikon, crispy brassica (see photo below) and pork rib and while the two vegan dishes were absolutely delicious it was the pork that stole the show. The meat fell off the bone and the Szechuan sauce had enough chilli to give it a kick without being overpowering.

Then it was time for the main event, our sharing plate for two featuring Monkfish and pulled lamb – a surf and turf with a twist! The dish comes with tabbouleh, baba ghanoush and flatbread too. Whilst each individual dish was delicious in its own right our waiter advised us to put it all together on the flatbread and eat it as a wrap. The mixture of ingredients is not one I would ever have thought to try myself but it really worked!

Cyan has a lovely atmosphere and for a romantic date I would ask for a window seat but if you are a solo traveller or friends having a catch-up then I think a more informal seat at the bar would work well. Do not be fooled by the term small plates as the portions are generous so if you want to last through until dessert I suggest a couple of small plates and no nibbles - don’t forget you can order more as you go if you change your mind!


This review was originally written for London Visitor magazine....


Cyan Restaurant & Bar
The Grand

Housed in Brighton's most iconic seafront hotel, The Grand Brighton, and managed by enthusiastic staff, Cyan is the sort of contemporary stylish eatery that appeals to locals and visitors alike.



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