Waterside Seafood Restaurant
The Waterside Seafood Restaurant, at the boutique hotel of the same name, boasts a glamorous fin-desi'cle- meets-modern style and, with the added bonus of a light and airy terrace overlooking Eastbourne Beach, it's a real find. Anyone with a passion for fresh fish and great service will be delighted by the inventive menu developed by talented head chef Lori Parsons (chef profile page 47), who is committed to using locally sourced produce wherever possible. Once we had decided on the wine (pinot grigio), I chose the intriguing cold-pressed squid carpaccio to start - a brandade of white fish, pink grapefruit dressing and deep-fried squid tentacles - while my friend opted for Waterside crab, prawn and crayfish salad, layered with cucumber and saffron creme fraiche. Both dishes were an absolute delight and left us impatient to see what magic was being wrought for our main courses. For me it was locally caught, chargrilled black bream with spiced Mediterranean vegetables and a basil and gremolata butter. The fish was perfectly cooked and tasted as fresh as the minute it was landed on the local shore. My companion was lured by the red snapper with shrimp and aniseed butter and fennel fritter, and the dish blew her away. She remarked on the perfect combination of textures and flavours. Choosing dessert was extremely difficult, as we both agreed we could have indulged equally in anything on the menu. However, my friend plumped for peach and sultana bread-and-butter pudding served with butterscotch sauce and creme anglaise, while I couldn't resist the orange and cardomom pannacotta served with a dark chocolate mousse and passion-fruit jelly. The standard of the food at the Waterside is truly superb, and the cost unexpectedly reasonable for this level of fine dining - with starters from £4.90 and main courses ranging from £11.90 for pan-fried local pollock, to £18.90 for locally sourced grilled Ashmore fillet steak. We will definitely be returning to sample more of Lori's fantastic dishes, and to enjoy the service offered by the delightful front-of-house staff.