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Miele event at Silo Restaurant Brighton

Last week I received an invitation to an event with Margot from Coffee and Vanilla at a restaurant I had on my list of places to try locally.  I had in mind what the restaurant ethos was and found that there was a whole lot more going on behind the doors at Silo Brighton.

Silo Restaurant Brighton

The event was a partnership between Silo, the revolutionary Brighton restaurant and Miele, a high end appliance brand.  Silo’s Head Chef, Douglas McMaster created a bespoke four course tasting lunch menu incorporating locally sourced fresh produce, showcasing the range of dishes that could be prepared using  Miele’s Steam Oven.

Miele Steam Oven

Miele Steam Ovens maintain the nutrients, colour, texture and flavour of the food being cooked.  Steam ovens work by generating steam externally and then injecting it into the oven cavity when needed, giving you precise and constant temperature control for perfect cooking results.

Everything that is served at Silo Brighton is sustainable, sourced locally and can be used as part of their menu with zero waste.  The Head chef ensures that no ingredient used in the dishes is thrown away.  He says “By creating everything on site from its wholest form we can capture real food and real food tastes better”.

This passage from Silo’s website sums up their ethos “The great thing about sharing a bakery with a zero-waste restaurant, coffeehouse, and brewery is the abundance of waste products that can be used in the bakery. There is always an abundance of flavours. The waste milk from the coffee bar is a constant supply of buttermilk, the fruit waste and yeast from the brewers can be used in the bakery products, and with the restaurant a variety of ingredients are always on hand. The bakery products are in continuous development and variation, depending on what’s in season. What remains constant is the approach of using the purest, most nutritious raw materials to create a wholesome, delicious product”.

the compost machine set inside Silo, turns all of their food scraps and trimmings directly into a compost used to produce more food

left: the compost machine set inside Silo that turns all of their food scraps and trimmings directly into compost used to produce more food. Right: the flour mill

The food was simply outstanding from start to finish. We commenced the day with possibly the most delicious coffee I have tasted and Asparagus caramelised onion & Dijon mustard pastries.

Asparagus caramelised onion & Dijon mustard pastries at Silo Brighton

We then sat down to a small snack with freshly made Sour Dough bread from flour milled at Silo (the butter is also made there too!) and beautifully fragrant Elderflower Bubbly.

Silo snackOur next course was Tomato, sprouted lentils, smoked curd and wild garlic buds along with a zingy Lime and Ginger tonic.  A cool, refreshing dish and beautifully presented.

Tomato salad with smoked curd

Next we were treated to wonderful Asparagus and egg yolk sprinkled with sunflower and pumpkin seeds paired with Nettle Iced tea.

Silo Asparagus with egg yolk, sunflower and pumpkin seeds

There was a varied choice for the next course…

Silo Restaurant Brighton menu blackboard

I chose the Brown rice Risotto with baby Beetroot with Silo’s fresh Cheese.  This was served with a very refreshing raw Satsuma and Beetroot juice which I loved.

Silo Brown RIce Risotto with baby beetroot

To round off this delicious tasting lunch there was a Strawberry, Raw Cacao and lemon skin dessert sprinkled with Elderflowers and a sampling of inhouse Old Tree Perry.

Silo Strawberry, raw cacao, lemon skin, elderflower dessert Miele event at Silo Restaurant Brighton

Miele Silo BrightonThank you to Miele and Silo Brighton for hosting a very enjoyable lunch with a clear message on zero food waste.

 

 

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Disclosure:  All content and opinions here are our own, we were given a complementary lunch as guests of Miele, there was no financial compensation and we retain full editorial control.

 
 

Curry Leaf Cafe Lunch

The Curry Leaf Cafe has been on the list for a foodie visit for a while and on Monday we finally treated ourselves to lunch there.  Recently named one of the top ten places to drink in the city by the Guardian Newspaper, and a silver award winner in the ‘Best Newcomer’ category of the 2014 Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Awards, the Curry Leaf Cafe serves up South Indian street food in the heart of Brighton’s Lanes.

curry leaf sign The first thing that comes across when you walk in the door, apart from the vibrant decor, is the friendly welcome and relaxed atmosphere.  We were seated towards the back where the light from glass greenhouse-like ceiling poured in, I was just imagining doing a photo shoot there, the light was amazing! We started with a Mixed Nibbles Platter, Masala roasted peanuts tossed in chopped onion, tomatoes, coriander and chilli with mini flavoured poppadoms to dip in Tamarind and Date, Mango with a touch of chilli and Beetroot and garlic chutney’s, all amazingly aromatic and tasty! curry leaf nibbles Then came the problem, there was so much I wanted to sample from the lunch menu! I chose the Open Naan Wrap served on a bed of Laccha salad, pickled red onions and Curry Leaf Cafe signature drizzles with deliciously tender Tandoori Chicken Tikka.

curry leaf food My dining companions aka the girls both chose the Dosai, crisp, folded rice-flour crêpes, served with bucket sambar – a spiced vegetable stew, accompanied by coconut and ginger chutney’s.   One of the Dosa was stuffed with Potatoes and green pea mash, tempered with mustard seeds, the other stuffed with sautéed onions tossed in cumin seeds.  I really must try these next time.

curry leaf dosa Taking a look at the dinner menu , we will definitely have to return to sample more dishes, just writing about them is making my mouth water! The Curry Leaf Cafe certainly delivers nutritious deliciousness. You can find the Curry Leaf Cafe at 60 Ship Street, Brighton. a stone’s throw from the seafront.

curry leaf front .