Pistachio roast pear with cardamom ice cream. I know it’s not the done thing to start a food review with dessert, but indulge me just this once. Pistachio, pear and cardamom; for me there is no more appealing combination of flavours.
Chard post their monthly menu on their website, so I’d chosen my dessert long before we’d arrived and there would have been tears if they hadn’t had it. I’d thought about it all day. Visualised it, my mouth watering in anticipation.
It was well worth the wait. Not too sweet and with the flavours in restrained balance. A perfectly cooked pear in a crown of pistachio-stuffed filo, flanked by a generous quenelle of cardamom ice cream, perfectly white and delicately spiced. With dinner companion Rebecca completely distracted by a Frangelico chocolate truffle cake with rolled hazelnut ice cream (every bit as decadent as it sounds), I was left to savour it all to myself. Every mouthful a delight... [read more]
50 Preston Road, Tuesday – Friday, 6.30-10pm, chardbrighton.co.uk. Around £55 for two