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AguaDulce Restaurant
Ranked #111 of 1,254 Restaurants in Brighton
Price range: US$ 2 - US$ 32
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Good for: Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Located on the Kings Road in Brighton, Bar Aguadulce is a bright and buzzy spot popular with locals and day-trippers from the capital who all love the down-to-earth atmosphere and authentic Spanish menu. Serving everything from tapas to fresh fish and homemade puddings, Bar Aguadulce is a good spot for get-togethers and after-work drinks-and-dinner dates. The restaurant has homely, um-pretentious and informal, with a very chilled vibe and the service is friendly. Strongly recommended are the Paellas and Rice dishes of which they are absolute specialists. Pop in for a glass of Sherry from their extensive selection, have it with a little tapa, or for a Schooner of the best Spanish beer imported in to the UK. Another feature worth mentioning is their menu which can be entirely prepared in a CELIAC friendly way. Gluten-free beers are also available and their gluten-free bread is baked in house by the Head Chef.
Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

Its a difficult to review
Pardron peppers were good
The food was hit and miss and somewhat samey
The sea food soup and paella were too similar taste-wise
The Torta Santiago and brandy were very good
Genial service

Thank davethedrill
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Mezol, General Manager at AguaDulce Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 28 September 2017

Dear davethedrill
Thank you for the rating and for your comment.
I do not mean any disrespect, but my guess is that the dishes tasting similar were the Seafood Soup and the Seafood Paella.
Well they are both based on the same fish stock we make. Some of the spices differ, but the seafood again is pretty much the same in both dishes.
Thank you for agreeing on how to savour the brandy and for the kind comment about the service.

Hopefully we will be hosting you again in the near future.

All The Best

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Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

A few of my colleagues and I decided to go for dinner here this evening. And it it ruined our night. We were told they could cater for us around 9pm which was fine. It took 2 hours to get our food. We went to get the bill and the manager/ owner automatically put a service charge on our Bill, we explained the service was non existent, people were left waiting half an hour whilst others were eating and some dishes arrived an hour and a half after ordering. He laughed at us. My colleague pointed out it was a bit cheeky to laugh at us and he started a tirade of abuse as we left the restaurant. The food wasn't that great either. Never visit. Please avoid

3  Thank ami C
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Reviewed 23 September 2017

I'm sure the food at Aguadulce is ok really. I love Spanish food and found the dishes I chose to be tasty and interesting, but the service was so dreadful that I was past able to enjoy them after waiting for around 90 minutes after ordering. We were a large group when we asked if they had a table for around 12 of us, and it was a Saturday night. They could easily and understandably turned us away. But they said they could accommodate us in around 20 minutes so we went away and came back.

We were stuck n a room on our own upstairs after which all service norms just vanished. Huge amounts of time waiting for food and drinks, dishes served randomly with no sense of care for those waiting for a main course and eventually two of us, exhausted after a day of travel and and conferencing asked for our portion of the bill because we were too tired to stay any longer.

We were told to go downstairs and the manager would sort it out. We had right at the beginning said we would want a bill for the two of us, but had to list for the third time what we had in fact eaten and had to drink. We had worked out that our bill should be £44 but were told it was £48. On querying this we were told there was a 10% service charge but since we had received dreadful service said we were not prepared to pay this. The. Sanger then treated us with undisguised contempt for having dared to have walked in as a large group on a Saturday evening.

This is not acceptable.

Had we been told they could not accommodate us we would cheerfully have gone elsewhere. How absurd to blame a group of customers for wanting a meal at a restaurant.

Such a shame.

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2  Thank Judibilling
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Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

My worst food experience in Brighton. It's a disgrace that they can serve food of this standard in dirty, grubby, run down surroundings. When we complained about the paella being burnt, he said it's supposed to be like that. Dreadful. It hurt to have to pay for such awful food.
Do not go here. You've been warned.

4  Thank Claire W
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Mezol, Manager at AguaDulce Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2017

Dear Claire w,
Initially I was not going to reply to your comment as this time could be used eating the Soccarat off a paella dish instead, giving me pleasure and satisfaction.
But an ignorance-based attack like yours can not be ignored.
So, a little piece of inside knowledge for you:
Soccarat is the name of fired clay tiles covered with a white base and generally painted in red and black that used to be placed between beams and joists in buildings’ ceilings and eaves. Their origin is typically medieval but subsequent production of these objects is known, mainly in Valencia.
Paella is a dish known to have originated in Valencia and Soccarat became to refer also to the browned, crusty layer of rice that forms on the bottom of the pan when cooking paella.
Usually Paella will also be finished by baking for an even browning of the soccarat layer.
So as you might understand that “Burnt thing at the bottom” is quite a tradition, it’s expected to be there and makes the difference between a Paella and an Arroz.
Thank you for pointing out that in your years of living in Spain you had never come across a ‘burnt’ paella, but I don’t believe that some time in Benidorm qualifies you to be an expert in Sapnish cuisine.
The food is prepared here like it was in the restaurant in Spain for years. It is kept authentic and not at all compromised nor adapted.
Everybody else seems to have enjoyed their dishes. Plates were left clean and compliments made. Sometimes to choose to be different from the group to try and impress your friends doesn’t obtain the wanted result.
In terms of the surroundings, I accept that renovation is needed and we are getting that done bit by bit. But ‘DIRTY’ is a word I would have preferred you not to have used as we dedicate a load of time to cleaning, like it is normal to do in this industry. So please moderate your language when commenting on otheer people’s HOMES.
So statistically 2 out of 24 people do not enjoy our food.
We’ll live with that.

All the best

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Reviewed 10 September 2017

Very authentic Spanish meal served by friendly and well informed staff. Some of the food did come out a little quick which suggested the use of frozen produce (squid and prawns), however I have no proof of that. I was pleased to see that the manager was not quick to push expensive wine and actually coached us to try a mid range wine which he felt tasted better than a more expensive price point. Overall a good selection of tapas dishes and other Spanish cuisine set in an authentic decore. would recommend it and would go back.

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