Re: Winter 2013/14 - Page 50

Bonum cibum [Latin.] good food. Warung Tujuh 7 Pool Valley, The Lanes Brighton The good part of the regular ‘Litigation Department Social’ outing is the trying of new restaurants in Sussex and different cuisines. The autumn social was no different and the team headed down a small Brighton lane, close the seafront, and to Warung Tujuh restaurant. It had received some good reviews from some of us who had already visited or from comments by friends. Its website promised that the restaurant was “a hit with hometown hipsters and day trippers alike”. Promising indeed as a search on Google revealed that hipsters are a “subculture of men and women typically in their 20s and 30s that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter …” Now that may not describe all of the individual members of the litigation team, and in fact some of us are well over the 30’s age mark, but witty banter, creativity and intelligence is never in short supply. So well armed with reviews and website comments we headed down the lane oddly named Pool Valley where the bright and colourful restaurant is based. The menu said it is named after the popular street food stalls of Indonesia where people enjoy sitting outside to eat together as a social occasion with friends or family. And the word ‘Tujuh’ is the Indonesian word for lucky number 7 which is the address number for this restaurant. This was my first visit to the restaurant and experience of Indonesian food. The 48 ground floor part of the restaurant was very busy, particularly surprising on a Tuesday evening. The tables are also very close so if your plan is a romantic meal for two then you might wish to reconsider. Saying all of that the atmosphere was lively, the staff very polite, pleasant and attentive. The food was served promptly and it was all very well presented and without any fuss. And that is the attraction of Warung Tujuh – everything was done simply and without any ‘drama’. Most of us chose the taster plate with beef rendang as the main highlight. The cost was slightly high but well worth it – the food included various starters and a main with some side dishes and rice. The menu itself included a huge variety of Indonesian cuisine from traditional sate (marinated meat, seafood and vegetable on skewers served with peanut sauce) to exotic and mouthwatering dishes such Gule Kambing which is lamb stew with coconut milk, chillies, spices and candlenuts or Sambal Udang, tiger prawns in a delicious spicy sauce with beans and salad or Ayam Bumbu Rujuk, a tangy chicken dish simmered in spices and coconut milk. The menu had a large selection of starters, soups, rice dishes and then the main meals included meat, chicken and seafood dishes as well as a smattering of vegetarian dishes. In fact this was an issue for me – I wanted to try all the dishes as they sounded so good but alas couldn’t. So that was the reason for the taster plate. And that was a good choice for me and others – the dishes were full of flavour, the taste was wonderful, the texture an interesting variety and we managed to sample of the varied Indonesian cuisine. Yes I would