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.
What a treat! The food is just fantastic - flavourful and presented beautifully. We particularly liked the slip sole dish, however, all the courses were a joy. The restaurant has a lovely atmosphere - intimate because it isn't packing lots of people in, so there's space between tables and the table is yours for the evening. The service is wonderful - Rob clearly loves what he does - and reads people perfectly, ensuring they get the experience they want - there is no rush, but no delay - one of the nicest dining experiences we've had - thank you Duncan and Rob!
We had the most wonderful evening at the Little Fish Market. The food was absolutely delicious, I had some of the most interesting and inspiring combinations of ingredients I've ever eaten. The individual flavours could be picked out to create a taste sensation that was thoroughly enjoyable. The wine pairing was perfect and very well thought out - every wine complimented each course beautifully. It was a really exciting experience all the way through. The front of house service was wonderful, so relaxed and friendly. Can't wait to come back and do it all again! Thank you very much.
Duncan the chef .Rob the front of house,sommelier,waiter,barIsta.You would think how on earth can that work . But boy does it . quite possibly one of the friendliest and slickest fine dining restaurants you are ever likely to visit. Been visiting for almost 4 years and always reserve our next visit whilst we are there.The food and service would put a lot of Michelin starred establishments to shame. If fish is your choice then book this restaurant relax and enjoy what is put before you.We defy any lover of fine food to be disappointed. Alan and Shirley London.