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 food with superb ingredients presented in a simple, thoughtful way. It was a lovely change not to have any decisions to make about what to order. The service was friendly and efficient with a knowledgeable waiter. The lighting could be better with tables either too brightly lit or too dark, but it won't put us off returning.
Lovely and tasteful experience. The place is small and cosy. The service is amazing. The staff showed a very deep knowledge of the fish and wine combinations. And of course all the courses were delicious and so rich in flavour... Mmm... It's not cheap but I highly recommend it because it offers good value for the quality of food that it serves. And it's perfect for a romantic soirée.
Excellent service from the charming maitre d' come waiter and a pleasant room with good space between tables. The menu was somewhat one dimensional with most dishes cream/sauce based and lacking body and crunch. They were also not piping hot which is always a worry with seafood. The turbot dish was most disappointing with a small portion of fish lost in a large puddle of shellfish sauce with a strong pernod taste. Wine and apertifs were well priced and excellent but overall disappointed with the food.