Review: The Belle Vue at the British Airways i360
On the seafront, beneath the new British Airways i360 tower, is The Belle Vue (which literally translates as ‘The Nice View’). With big open windows surrounding the restaurant, there is a clear view of the seafront and the West Pier, just perfect for a spot of people watching on a summers day!
A couple of us Brighton Girls were invited down to try out their new menu and see what they had to offer in this stunning setting. To say we were excited is an understatement!
Sat down by the window and overlooking the West Pier, we began to peruse the drinks menu. Always on the lookout for a good mocktail, we opted for a Grapefruit Cooler and a Virgin Mojito. The Virgin Mojito had more of a bitter flavour than sweet unfortunately, but the Grapefruit Cooler knocked our socks off! Needless to say we ordered two more later in the evening.
The first thing you’ll notice is how much choice The Belle Vue has on offer, boasting local ingredients and a menu designed by Masterchef winner Steven Edwards. In fact, we had to ask our waitress to give us “just two more minutes” a couple of times before we could decide what to go for.
The ham croquettes with pea puree were delightfully fresh and perfect for a warm evening. The Wobblegate cider steamed mussels were a firm favourite - the cider really comes through and the broth is a unique twist on the usual white wine broth you get with mussels. We lapped up as much as we possibly could with the accompanying crusty bread!
Finding it difficult to decide what to order for our main course, we took our waitresses recommendation and ordered two very meaty meals. They also have quite a few vegetarian and vegan options which is great to see and definitely something needed in Brighton.
The Belle Vue cheeseburger was cooked to a perfect medium and served with fries and a celeriac slaw. The fries were crispy, not greasy, and fluffy on the inside – exactly how you want your fries! The burger was coated in cheese and the toasted bun completed the dish.
For any steak lovers, the 28 day aged picanha with Jimmy McCurry dressing is the dish for you. The twice cooked chips were slightly greasy but the kinda greasy you like with your fries. The sauce completes the steak, which was slightly overcooked from the requested medium rare, but juicy and tender nonetheless.
If we weren’t already full enough, dessert was on its way and we wondered how we would fit it all in! The candied lemon sherbet tart could have done with a little more lemon, it was just lacking that zing you get with citrus dishes, however the thyme ice cream complimented the flavours well.
If you have a sweet tooth, then the chocolate tart with caramel ice cream and honeycomb needs to be your go to. The chocolate tart was definitely the winner for us Brighton Girls, however, both desserts were a little underwhelming after the delicious starter and main course, which was a bit disappointing.
We left The Belle Vue feeling content and ready to pop. The customer service was excellent, our waitress was attentive and friendly throughout the evening and it’s also worth noting that all staff get to keep their tips, which gets a big thumbs up from us!
The interior is quite spacious, so it’s perfect for big groups, but they also have small booths if you’re after something a bit more intimate. If you’re wandering along the seafront or you’ve just been on the i360, do pop in and give them a try.