There’s a lot going on at The Little Fish Market, an award-winning fish and seafood restaurant in the beautiful Regency-era precinct of Brunswick, on the border of Hove and Brighton and right across Upper Market street from the distinguished performing arts centre of The Old Market. Under the leadership of restaurateur and chef Duncan Ray (Latymer Restaurant, Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck), The Little Fish Market has transformed from a traditional fishmonger into a fine dining establishment that makes use of sustainable produce to create dishes served in an exquisite setting.
Gaining accolades from The Good Food Guide and a couple of AA Rosettes for culinary excellence since opening its doors in Brunswick just a few short years ago, The Little Fish Market is undoubtedly one of Brighton and Hove’s premier restaurants, seafood-oriented or otherwise. First impressions are, they say, lasting, and when you first enter the restaurant’s Upper Market Street premises you’ll notice that the walls are lined with maritime-themed artworks, all created by local artists and all for sale. Such decor only adds to the charm of this special venue.
The remit here at Brunswick’s The Little Fish Market is simple. Seating only 20 diners at a time – advance reservations are absolutely essential – chef Duncan Ray and his kitchen team exclusively offer a five-course degustation menu, plus a kaleidoscopic wine list that changes according to season, and of course what the trusted fishermen and seafood suppliers have hauled in that very same day. Every dish is nuanced and minimal in its preparation, allowing essence to prevail over artifice and ensuring that this Brighton and Hove seafood restaurant remains at the top of local gourmet’s charts.
Excellent unpretentious welcoming place with brilliant, inventive cooking and enhancing wine pairing. In Michelin terms a restaurant worth a detour that feels like a neighbourhood gaffe.
Little Fish Market is a true gem, every dish is perfection. We have been several times and for us this is the best restaurant in Brighton.
Wonderful food & staff so modest & eager to please. Lovely to go to a top restaurant where we could stay as long as we liked. Original flavours & would definitely recommend it
Excellent food, incredible service. Small and intimate table settings. Seafood forward with a varied wine list. Must have a coffee at the end of the meal!!! Set menu, no a la carte. Highly recommend this restaurant
Tonight was our first time at The Little Fish Market, and certainly not our last - we had a wonderful evening! The location is ideal, nestled in a quiet residential area just off the high street. Inside it feels very homely although service is likened to a Michelin star - without the fuss but very much personalised. Fish is king of the menu of course, mainly focusing on local and seasonal, but it is the cooking that really highlights the quality of the ingredients: simple, well balanced pairings and seasoning, and a menu well structured that flows right until the end. Best fish restaurant tried in Brighton so far. Thank you Duncan and the team!
From the moment we walked into their beautiful restaurant, we were met with a wonderful ambiance, a big smile from their amazing Front of House and asked to choose our table. The service is second to none- unobtrusive but so efficient and the wine pairing was very good and complemented the truly exceptional food. We even had a touch of theatre with the second course- Rockpool. Be prepared to be wowed by the food, it was exquisite, every taste was like a culinary explosion in the mouth. We never felt rushed- in fact you have your table for the whole evening , nicely spaced tables and lots of very happy diners in this welcoming atmosphere. It felt like a personal dinner party in a big house. The front of house musty have overheard me saying it was my sons birthday and the dessert came with a birthday candle. Its all these little touches that give this great little restaurant the 5 stars on Trip Advisor it so rightly deserves. We have eaten at most of the best restaurants in Brighton but this has now become our new favourite. We will certainly be back again and again and again!!!
This was the second time my wife and I have eaten at The Little Fish Market and it was once again outstanding. From the moment we arrived we were remembered and made to feel very welcome. The menu sounded excellent and every course surpassed my expectations. The chef did a marvelous job with combination of flavors complimenting each other and everything was cooked to perfection. This has become our favorite restaurant in the Sussex area.
I visited The Little Fish Market for the first time with my husband and it was perfect on all counts. All the courses were cooked to perfection with everything complimenting one another. It was good to try a fish I had never even heard of, I thought I knew most varieties but had never knew slip sole - wonderful. The service was excellent and all it was definitely a meal to savour and remember.
From the moment Rob greeted us at the door it became one of our most memorable dining experiences. Each and every one of the five courses were outstanding. The miso glazed mackerel was out of this world, cooked to perfection with such a delicate flavor and the fish just melted in my mouth. Followed by the sea bream with it's crispy skin that was so delightful I didn't want it to end. The main dish, a trio of delights with halibut, crab ravioli and the corn and girolle mushrooms. All three were perfect and the various combinations of taste made it truly unforgettable. Then just when you think it's all over, their version of strawberries and cream was incredible - finely diced strawberries topped with a clotted cream ice cream complemented with a small crispy sponge topped with the finest strawberry sorbet. We will definitely become frequent visitors.
We had a great experience at The Little Fish Market. The guys there really looked after us & engaged with humour, in a relaxed & friendly style, yet still provided an exemplary service ....... and the food was amazing! Unusual, interesting dishes, with lovely match wines, each presented beautifully & as delicious to eat as appealing to look at. We loved it.