Diary: Let's meet at - Havana, Brighton

Havana's striking interior is made of mahogany, accented by contemporary cream decor. With its pretty fountain, soaring skylights and green foliage, this place is sure to relax the most stressed-out client.

The restaurant was formerly a theatre and has a Palladian frontage complete with Grecian columns. The front of the room is a bar with waiter service and minimalist Conran-style seating. Ivory shutters divide the seating area, making it ideal for groups. And unlike many places, the quality of the bar matches that of the main restaurant: spacious, well designed and with smartly dressed waiters. An elegantly delivered aperitif here will impress anyone.

The main restaurant has an air of studied elegance; in addition to the trickling water, there is a black grand piano with a dull top-hat shine.

Off the main restaurant there is a space that is somewhat separate from the main room. The tables seat groups of five to 12, or the tables can be put together to accommodate larger groups, ideal for entertaining.

Clients may also like to sit upstairs. The front of the restaurant is double-height and hugged by a panelled minstrels' gallery looking down into the main arena. This affords greater privacy and is useful if the party is not large enough for a private room.

Where: 32 Duke St, Brighton, BN1 1AG
Contact: 01273 773388
How much: £30 a head

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