Review: Skyfall, Hove
Located on Church Road in Hove, Skyfall has recently had a change of management which means a new menu, new staff and even new furniture. Now specialising in burgers with alternative options available, we were excited to give the beautiful glass-fronted restaurant a go.
The Menu and Atmosphere
With a mixture of industrial touches and comfy corner chairs, the atmosphere is chic whilst still inviting. The exposed brick wall and scaffold lighting add a modern feel to the restaurant. The service was excellent with attentive staff and an open bar where you could watch the staff make drinks.
To start, we ordered calamari and the vegetable tempura. The calamari was beautifully cooked with a crispy exterior, a bit thinner than I had had previously, but balanced in terms of texture. It was served with a sweet chilli sauce, which was the perfect balance of sweet and heat. I was very happy to find that they serve large portions, as I was ready for a large meal! With no description of which vegetables were included, there was a slight guessing game with the vegetable tempura. With a light batter and a mix of fresh corn, broccoli and courgette, it was delicious. The lemon mayonnaise was a highlight, the citrus cutting nicely through the flavour of the tempura.
For main, we went with the mushroom and goats cheese burger and a vegetarian burger with a salad on the side. Again, we were served huge portions. Both burgers were cooked well and with the chips presented in a metal cup (this keeps the fries crispy without them being covering the other items on the plate). They also came with a small side salad which wasn’t stated on the menu, so we probably could have got away without ordering the additional salad.
The mushroom and goats cheese burger was stacked high and filled gorgeous ingredients; the mushroom was cooked well without making the bun soggy and the melting goats cheese accentuated the flavour of the mushroom. The sweet onion marmalade served with the burger was delicious and the pesto added an extra herb flavour that made the meal. The chips were perfectly crisp and fluffy inside, with a large portion they were perfect.
I'm always a little sceptical about vegetarian burgers, but the lentil and butternut squash burger was delicious. With the sweetness of the butternut squash coming through combined with the coriander creme fraiche, it was balanced and tasty! It was accompanied by sweet potatoes fries which were crisp on the the outside but sweet and fluffy on the inside. Fanny even said it was “the best sweet potato fry” she has had, so you can’t knock that!
The side salad came with a yummy honey and mustard dressing. With a mixture of bitter and sweet leaves served with ribbons of cucumber, it was a perfect side to the rich burgers. I would definitely advise sharing this rather than having one each, as although it was delicious it was a large portion size.
For dessert, we opted to share sorbet of two flavours; limoncello and elderflower, and passionfruit. They were perfectly complementary flavours. The limoncello was a little bitter, but with the fresh taste of elderflower it worked really nicely. That paired with the almost creamy taste of the passoinfruit made for a perfect end to a rich meal.
There was a slight lack of detail for allergies, such as with the lack of specification for the vegetable tempura, however when asked about allergies they were very attentive. For our order, they promptly swapped out the bun that the burgers were served in to accommodate Fanny's nut and seed allergy and made sure to check on us reguarly. There were good options for vegeterians also, which is always really great to see!
I would definitely head back to Skyfall, perhaps for one of their regular themed nights such as in-restaurant quizzes and open mic nights. With the summer fast approaching and the windowed front, its a perfect summer spot in Hove for a few cocktails or a high stacked burger.
Written by Amara. You can find more from Amara on her blog Brighton Born and Bread.
Photography by Fanny. You can find more of Fanny's photography on her website.