Review: Dinner at Edendum, Brighton

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Edendum is a restaurant that has been on our list for over a year now. Josh’s friend told us about it a while ago, raving about the food, but we never got round to it. Brighton’s food scene is growing at a ridiculously fast pace and our must-visit is never ending!

We finally got a chance to try a sample of their food at their press launch at the beginning of the month. This week we got to try a little more and popped in for a sit down meal.

About Edendum

Edendum is run by the lovely Diego, who wanted to bring some variety to the Italian dishes you usually see in restaurants.

Using good quality ingredients they bring you authentic Italian dishes, meanwhile delivering excellent customer service. That’s their ethos and that’s what we experienced during our evening.

The Interior

Edendum seats 52 covers and on a Friday or Saturday night is absolutely heaving. We were there on a Thursday, expecting it to be dead, however there were quite a few groups in there eating.

You can sit yourself down on an table or there’s a long bar running through the centre of the restaurant where you’ll be up close to the action.

The decor is classic Italian, oak tables & chairs, red napkins and candles on every table. The ambience in the restaurant is really intimate and cosy, it’s quite lovely.

Starters

We decided to go for a Pizzette (£11) to start with, which is two mini pizzas. We’d been eyeing the menu up for a while and had our hearts set on them. They come in two sizes, as a starter to share or as a main for one.

I went for the pear and gorgonzola which is a combo I’d never tried before. It worked really well! The pear isn’t as sweet as you’d expect but gives you a little taste of caramelization.

Josh had the Genovese which comes with a red base, onion, Gorgonzola, Italian sausage & mozzarella. The San Marzano tomatoes in the base gave it a sweet taste, which gave a really nice contrast to the rest of the pizza.

We love the idea of these Pizzettes, you can choose any pizza off their menu and it means you get to try a little bit more than usual. Great for people like us who get food envy easily!

Mains

Us being us, we’d decided what we wanted to eat before we arrived. As soon as Josh saw polenta on the menu he had to have it. We’ve seen people cooking with polenta countless times but had never tried it, so tonight was the night.

He ordered the seabass (£14.90) served on polenta with anchovies, sun-dried tomatoes and capers. It was gorgeous. The polenta was creamy, seabass cooked perfectly and the tomatoes, capers & anchovies packed punches of flavour with every mouthful. Top marks, he couldn’t fault a single thing.

After having a taster of their gnocchi at their press event, I just had to order it. I wish I had filmed my face when this was brought out to me. I was in shock how how beautiful the plate (cough, slate) looked.

My deep fried gnocci (£12.90) came with tenderstem broccoli, brussell sprouts, romanesco broccoli, roasted butternut squash, mushrooms & pine nuts. Accompanying all this goodness, there were two purees; one beetroot and one gorgonzola. The beetroot puree was my favourite and went so well with the gnocchi. I couldn’t get enough of this, I’d go back just to order it again.

Desserts

As we were celebrating that I passed my driving theory test and my pay rise, we decided to order desserts.

I ordered the créme brulée (£7.90) which comes with a passion fruit sorbet, vanilla ice cream, fruit & a biscuit crumb. The slate was beautifully presented but it does make it difficult to eat the dish as you just push your food straight off! The passion fruit sorbet was really sour but it was really enjoyable.

Josh ordered an Affogato (£5.90), something he’s never tried before. It’s two shots of espresso with vanilla ice cream. He loved it.

Verdict

The customer service we received was fantastic. Our server was attentive without being overbearing. We were offered drinks when we ran low, our food was brought out to us with perfect timing and the service had a genuine personal touch to it.

You can probably guess that we had a great time at Edendum. The food, service and whole evening was perfect and we had zero complaints. It’s somewhere we’ll definitely be heading back to as their menu changes often, and we didn’t have a chance to order any specials!

Have you ever been to Edendum? Let us know in the comments!

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