“ 1-3 Prince Albert Street, Brighton, BN1 1HE, Tel. 0871 2071896 „
Old Orleans is one of those chains that pops up here and there, and is usually a pretty solid dining and/or drinking experience. You can guess whats going to be on the menu, know roughly how much the whole thing is going to cost you and they cater for larger parties pretty much on the fly.
All this makes it one of those sure-fire venues for the spur-of-the-moment student group lunch spots, when a lecture has been cancelled or there's a large break and you're all ravenous..
Tuesday lunchtime, needless to say is not a fantastically busy time for the restuarant, so we popped in (four of us) to satisfy the hunger pangs.
The great thing about Old Orleans is the sheer amount of deals you are usually faced with! for example..
* Weekdays between 12-3pm you can get 50% off your entire food bill
* You can eat your meal free if you dine on your birthday (photo proof needed)
* An extensive drinks deals menu, especially concerning cocktails
* Mon-thurs is two for one on Fajitas (excluding combo fajita)
We took full advantage of the 50% off deal and ordered a main meal each. They serve you a complimentary dish of butter popcon while you look at the menu...cute!
The burgers here come with a pretty big portion of chips and coleslaw, they will also put any sauce you request on it for you. These range from about £7-£9 at full price and are not very varied, with the classic bacon and cheese or the black and blue burger being the most adventurous option.
Old Orleans are pretty well known for their fajitas, Dawn had the chilli lime chicken (£12.25 at full price) which I was expecting to involve a lime or chilli marinade, but was simply grilled chicken with fried onions and heaps of fresh chilli, with half a lime. Dont be too alarmed by the red chilli here, it was spicy, but just right, and didnt blow my head off, and i can handle quite alot of heat!
Dawn thought it was pretty tasty, but it would have benefitted from a more generous helping of the cheese/sour cream/guacamole side.
I ordered Black and Blue chicken (£10.75 at full price) sauteed mushrooms on a grilled chicken breast, with a blue cheese and peppercorn sauce.
Very strong blue cheese flavour, but lacking in some zing, not a lot of peppercorn in the sauce. the chicken was tender and tasty though.
I felt the dish lacked something, it only came with some chips and a weird pile of shreded lettuce and a single slice of cucumber. Someone needs to explain 'side salad' to the chef i think...
Jack, ordered Chicken and bacon melt (£10.75 at full price) which looked lovely, and came with a proper helping of roasted vegetables and green beans, which my dish would have been spiced up by.
I took note of the veggie menu options, although we didnt have any veggies with us, I didnt think it was too bad. There are a couple of common safe options, a spicy bean burger, or cajun pasta (which makes a nice change from the old marinana favourite) There is, however, also, Jambalaya and a Mushroom and Quorn option for the fajitas.
This options range from £6.95 for the pasta to £11.25 for the fajitas.
Still a good option for students, although the full price menu is a little steep I think, take advantage of their offers and you can save a bundle!
Drinks are proper good value though, since you get a good size drink, instead of piddly bar size drinks, at extortionate prices.
An added bonus, they let you draw on the big plain table cloth with crayons...yay!!
I think the weekday lunch deal that is on at the moment shows that Old Orleans knows its market and is prepared to cater for them, however, I would probably find a better value place for an evening meal.
I have never seen such an array of deals from a restaurant like this one, I had to jot them all down to remember them. By far the best deals are on the drinks though, make sure to take a note of the time the deal is on until though, they may not warn you that 2-4-1 deal has run out!
I have had better, but I wasnt looking for gourmet, It was hot, filling and priced about right. I think evening service may result in slightly better quality, but will need to check that out.
There are a lot of stairs in the Brighton branch of this restaurant, with the bar downstairs (pretty accessible) but the restaurant is upstairs and the loos are up even more stairs. However, they do have accesibility procedures, so call in advance to check if you have concerns.
Not hard to find, Old Orleans, Brighton, is on Prince Albert Street, on the edge of the lanes. BN1 1HE for the mappers..
12.00 - 0.00 Sunday to Thursday
12.00 - 1.00 Friday to Saturday
The website is pretty straight forward at http://www.oldorleans.com