Terre a Terre, Brighton


I'm going to start this post with an apology for not posting in over a month, my blogging is a bit on and off at times, but this time I have an actual excuse. I had my wisdom teeth taken out about 5 weeks ago and I thought it would literally be a case of going in to hospital, having a little medically induced nap and they'd just kind of pop them out. Then i'd wake up, have to eat ice cream for a day and I'd be pretty much back to normal. That was not the case at all, I couldn't get over the general anesthetic, was a complete crying mess (literally couldn't stop crying because of how much I love my dog/because I saw my mum/because I tried to move) and the worst part was I wasn't allowed to eat any solid food for a week, and still struggled to eat properly for around 3 weeks after. So my diet and cooking really suffered. 

The good news is, I'm pretty much all healed and can eat as much as my heart desires, so as it was my birthday last week, I went to Brighton with Mr Hef and ate so much I could barely move. It all started at Terre a Terre, my all time favourite restaurant. I love a good afternoon tea, but a vegan one where I live is pretty much non existent, so I was really excited to try this. It didn't disappoint, with 4 beautiful layers, starting with a savoury plate of Peeking Buns Steamed rice buns stuffed with Szechuan marinated tofu, with kimchi Chinese cabbage, lapsang souchong pickled watermelon and cucumber, a miso chilli sauce and spring onion garnish.Arepas Chilli Candy - deep fried corn cakes rolled in spice dust served with chilli chelly jelly, avocado hash,oregano and lime mojo and a candied chilli. I have to admit that I can't remember what the leaf part is and it's no on the web so I can't even copy that, but whatever it was, it was damn tasty. I couldn't even tell you what my favourite part of this plate was, the flavours in each part were immense and I could have eaten it all over again, but then I wouldn't have been able to fit in the amazing tiers of cakes that followed. 

The sweet tier was a total work of art, people were stopping in their tracks to check it out through the window (well either that or Mr Hef and I suddenly got really attractive). I don't have a full picture of it on here as it messes up the way the post looks, but you can find it on my Instagram here. We started with a 5 minute argument about where to start eating from, I say bottom first, Mr Hef says Top first. We ended up not eating it in any order really, just eating what we wanted when, but I've posted it from bottom to top, because that is obviously the correct way. The bottom layer was a mixture of little chocolate delights, Chocolate Almond truffle cake with damson plum puree, dark chocolate glaze and Satongo flakes. Crème de cacoa Brandy Alexander milk shakes served with a peanut caramel truffle, wild berry dust, fresh blackberries and minty shizo shoots. All rich and deeply chocolately, the truffle was the absolute highlight, perfectly salty and gooey inside.

Then it was on to the fruity seedy, almond cakey layer which consisted of a poached pear, nut and seed crumble, almond cake, candied rhubarb and a fruit sorbet. I think this was my favouite layer, I love fruit flavours and all of this was so beautifully refreshing. The almond cake was light and full of flavour and the texture of the poached pear, sorbet and candied rhubarb was so perfectly complemented by the crunch of the nuts and seeds. 

The top layer was traditional afternoon tea scones, although these ones were tea soaked, vegan and served with delicious coconut cream and homemade jam. I've not been able to master the vegan scone, mine are always dense and hard. These were the opposite, soft, light, spongy and warm. I couldn't manage 2, as I was feeling pretty full at this point, but they boxed the left over ones for us to take home and enjoy. 

Overall it was just incredible, I want to go back, in fact I want to live in Brighton so that I can be closer to this restaurant. I've been there twice before for dinner and the Terre a Tapas and they were equally as impressive. I urge you to go, even if you're a devout meat eater, it's one of the best restaurants I've been to (it's even my brother's favourite restaurant and he's a massive meaty meat eater).

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