Amarillo Brighton is the new resident pop-up at Lost in the Lanes cafe in the historic Brighton Lanes. Currently serving Friday and Saturday evenings only, Amarillo Brighton is brought to us by Michelin starred chef Ian Swainson, formerly Head Chef at The Pass.
Meet Ian Swainson
Ian Swainson is well known on the Brighton food scene and Amarillo, as a new venture, gives diners the opportunity to experience this skilled chef's repertoire up close. Ian has been cooking in renowned kitchens for 18 years, including Michelin starred L’Ortolan in Reading; he led The Samling Hotel in Cumbria to a Michelin star and took over from Matt Gillan at The Pass at the South Lodge Hotel, Horsham.
Ian’s aim with Amarillo is to bring a relaxed and fun dining experience without letting the possible stigma of fine dining get in the way.
Bold Spanish flavours
Since opening, Ian has been wowing the city's food lovers with his love of bold Spanish flavours and confident delivery of unexpected dishes.
Amarillo Brighton is definitely one to watch offering a high-end fine dining experience but at a far more reasonable price point (around £40 per head) and in a more casual setting.
The menu at Amarillo Brighton is divided into equal parts fish, meat and plant served as sharing plates. A pair of diners would be anticipated to share two to three pinchos, a fish dish, a vegetarian dish, two mains, two sides and desserts. Ian's emphasis is not to fill you up in one go, but to take you on a journey with little tastes packing exciting and enjoyable experiences.
Mouthwatering dishes at Amarillo Brighton
Example dishes might include raw salmon belly with avocado and Siracha mayonnaise pincho. Black rice with cuttlefish and cracker, roasted lamb rump with black garlic and nettle puree and truffled Scotch egg arancini with wild mushrooms and truffle sauce.
A future favourite
As Ian cooks from the open kitchen at Lost in the Lanes, there is also an element of theatre to the Amarillo dining experience; we all love to see a master at work and nothing stimulates the tastebuds more than anticipation! As a small cover operation, Amarillo Brighton is an opportunity to experience something in the early stages of what we anticipate to be a spectacular bloom!
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