This was the best manniversary me and my long time love interest have had in a while. It also landed on my birthday. The staff were really jolly, the place had just opened and it had a real buzz about it. We have had a lot of tapas and this hit the upper middle ground for me, which is very very good. The atmosphere makes this place, I like to have a lot of space, and I do like have 'Happy Birthday' played to me Spanish guitar stylee. I also like to be surprised by a Creme Brûlée with a birthday candle in. The lighting is nice and low-lit, and at the end of it all the price was right (though I didn't foot the bill, thanks mate), I left feeling very happy and giggling from the sparkly stuff and Sangria.
This place is also open till 2am on a Friday and Saturday, I love late night bar hopping and with snacks as good as these makes it a perfect midnight stop off.
Looking for a place to eat with larger groups can sometimes be problematic, especially when you have a vegan in tow. Often this means most places are off limits if you don't want to relegate your vegan friend to the salad section of the menu, so this was a lovely find indeed!
The group of 5 of us sampled almost all the tapas on the menu and found them all really delicious; we even ordered a second order of fried brie and albondigas despite being incredibly full - they were that good. We also ordered the vegetarian paella for 2 which satisfied our vegan and was really delicious. The sangrias were delicious and pretty strong, and for only £12 a pitcher which gave us all probably about a glass and a half each, it was really good value.
The service is quick and attentive, and very friendly. The waiter even offered happily to take our picture when we were going in small groups to have them taken. In all we paid about £20 each for 2 pitchers of sangria, the paella, and at least 10 tapas, probably more, and we all came out satiated, inebriated, and very, very happy.
Well Mr Carlos, of Casa Don Carlos fame, may be about to lose his crown as the Tapas King of Brighton...
The food at Ole Ole, dare I say it, was probably one notch above the infamous CDC (I feel dirty even thinking such thoughts!). The selection of tapas that we indulged in included patatas al ajo cabanil (potatoes cooked in garlic, bay and vinegar), chorizos al la sidra (chorizo cooked in cider), gambas al ajillo (prawns in white wine and chilli), tabla de Ibericos (a selection of chorizo, salchichon and manchego cheese), and calamares a la romana (deep fried squid rings). Everything was cooked really well, the portion sizes were good value for money, and the tastes were quintessentially Spanish.
Pudding was ok - I went for the peaches poached in red wine with cinnamon ice cream. The peaches were a little unripe, but we are in England in February so what did I really expect? My friend had Spanish cheesecake, which pretty much looked and tasted just the same as English cheesecake!
The wait staff looked like they were potentially all from the same Spanish family! The service was attentive, efficient and humourous. I have a partiality for Latino men at the moment and a little flutter of those long dark eyelashes had my knees a-wobble!!
There was also live music, a fantastic Spanish group playing and singing traditional flamenco songs. This was accompanied by dancing, the fact that they weren't in costume actually made it all the more impressive. There were a number of Spaniards eating here, a definite positive in my book.
They lose a star for the fact that the front door, which we were sitting quite close to, took ages to close, meaning we (and our food) were chilled with the cold February air every time someone went in and out. They also charged me for a bottle of Rioja instead of a glass, I actually didn't notice until after we had paid on card, but they were quick to refund us in cash, so not really an issue.
It's not the place to come if you want a romantic meal for two as it can be a little noisy, but for atmosphere and fun, on top of excellent food, it score maximum points.
Ole Ole are on the verge of a 5th star and the honour of being my favourite Brighton tapas bar.
"Olé, Olé, Olé, Olé, Olé, Olé, Olé, Olé. O-LAY, O-LAY!"
Often the chant you here at a football stadium, Olé Olé is also a new Spanish tapas bar/restaurant hidden away in a basement in Kemp Town.
I was there for a friend's birthday: a Spanish friend, who had lots of Spanish friends, which meant the odds were stacked against the restaurant. Having eaten at probably one of the most authentic tapas bars in the world when in Andalucia last year, I too expected to be disappointed.
First impressions were not bad. The place is very clean and modern and the staff were actually Spanish, which bodes well in the authenticity stakes. It was a little empty, but in all honesty, it was early on a Thursday night and in an unknown corner of Kemp Town. However, our 15+ crowd of international folk soon gave the place a buzz.
You get free tapas with every drink at the bar, (something they don't even tend to do in Spain anymore) which should definitely be a more common affair in pubs in my opinion. The prices are average - £3.15 for a pint of Stella - and the drinks were served in nice big Stella glasses, which I always like.
When we sat to eat, the area was spacious and the staff laid on plate after plate, after plate, after plate of edible Spanish treats. The Spaniards around me seemed content enough, as was I. Content, but not enthralled. The food was a little bland and although the plates kept coming, the portions were a little stingy. There was a distinct lack of my favourite meats such as jamón and chorizo, but I would rather have not eaten them than had to endure a feeble imitation.
The food came in at around £13 per head, including a healthy serving of Sangria, which made the meal all the merrier. You can eat more food for less money in Brighton, but I felt as an overall experience it was just about worth the money. Plus the birthday girl was happy, which is the main thing I guess! Not brilliant, but not awful: 3 stars.
A group of us went here for a birthday celebration. The first good sign is that it was full of Spanish people - like seeing builders in a greasy spoon!
It was a combination of food and performance - they were having a theme night when we went. As well as the mouth watering food, which was much more fancy than we were expecting, there was a band and a couple of fantastic Flamenco dancers - please try to go on a theme night to get the full experience.
The staff here are absolutely lovely - very welcoming and helpful, if there are aspects of the menu you don't understand! Kida are also made to feel very welcome, in true Euro style.
Really, a perfect birthday venue - food, fun, laughter and entertainment. What more do you want???
Truly authentic Spanish taste, very well priced wines helpful staff who try to make sure you have a nice time I dine there regularly and am yet to be anything but very pleased.
Well done guys keep up the good work!
Probably My fave restaurant in Brighton. Everything is amazing. The decor,the food,the drinks,the staff. Both visits Ive had Tapas and while not cheap you get what you pay for. The qulality is amazing and I believe sourced from Spain. On my second visit they had flamenco which i think is thurs,fri and sat nights. I cant recommend this place enough =D
Very good food and friendly service
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