The Waterside Restaurant, situated in Brighton Marina’s Rendezvous Casino, is one of Brighton’s hidden gems. Far-reaching views across the gaming floor mean that you can keep an eye on the gambling action while you dine, but intimate tables tucked away from the wheels enable a top-notch dining experience away from the lively atmosphere.
Soft lighting with a modern and bold interior give the restaurant a cosy yet contemporary feel. The menu offers a wide variety of British and international cuisine, with carefully considered options for vegetarians. The steaks are famous here; choose from wagyu sirloin, Buccleuch rib-eye and T-bone, or perhaps the 28-day-aged fillet, cooked to your liking and served with your choice of side. Add one of the steak sauces for the ultimate steak dinner. Also on offer are a fantastic range of cocktails, gin and delicious mocktails to pair with your meal.
I enjoyed the highly recommended breaded Brie fritters with red onion chutney to start, which set me up well for the lighter lemon sole and spinach roulade to follow. Beautifully presented with tender green beans and crisp potatoes on the side, this is a delightfully fresh dish and it pairs perfectly with a crisp glass of white wine. The meal was rounded off with indulgent and most welcome salted caramel popcorn and chocolate brownie sundae. I was also fortunate enough to sample the classic lemon meringue pie with delicately flavoured lime and pistachio cream. A mouth-watering Sunday roast menu is available each week, and is extremely popular with casino-goers and restaurant visitors alike.
The restaurant supports the Food for Thought initiative, so diners can add just 99p to their bill and give towards planting a tree to counterbalance the carbon footprint of dining at the restaurant. The Waterside has been able to support the environment by purchasing many trees thanks to diners’ generosity with this scheme. This really is a spectacular venue and well worth a visit, whether or not the casino is on your agenda.