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.
A perfect night out - superb imaginative, but not overly quirky, food that really hit the spot. Tastebuds were tickled, tummy was happy and the service was so warm and friendly without being over-bearing. At most places where they serve a set menu you end up not enjoying one dish as much as the others - here, and at The Set, I loved every element of every dish. A really superb evening of food and fun.
Most fabulous evening, warmly welcomed by the front of house, personable and charismatic Rob. Shortly followed by a superbly prepared 5 course fish dinner by Duncan, which awakened our taste buds and tantalised our culinary imagination. My hubbie opted for the paired wine, as it was his birthday, for which he could not give enough praise. The attention to detail by Rob, coupled with the exquisitely prepared gourmet food is s a marriage made in heaven.
This was one of the best meals we have had in ages! Front of house guy, sorry don't know name, very attentive and a joy to talk to. Food delicicious and well presented. We booked a table at 7 and were there until nearly 10. We weren't rushed at all. The dishes were perfectly paced, making for a really enjoyable dining experience. I recommend the wine pairing! Can't wait to go back again!