Steven Edwards’ debut restaurant is a relaxed, stripped back affair that sees the former Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons chef and MasterChef: The Professionals winner offer a monthly changing tasting menu of local produce. Edwards’ dish descriptions are of no more than two words with options including mackerel, gooseberry; and chicken, lettuce. The two-storey space is stripped back with an open kitchen.
The Little Fish Market
This deceptively low-key restaurant offers a short tasting menu of spankingly fresh seafood. Every single dish is cooked by chef patron Duncan Ray, who works virtually unaided in his tiny subterranean kitchen. Despite Ray’s long stint at The Fat Duck, the food is classic and whizzbang-free. The menu includes cockle and bacon soup; and turbot partnered with shellfish sauce.
Opened last year, Murmur takes its name from the flocks of starlings - murmurations - that can often be seen gliding over the skeleton of the West Pier, which it overlooks. It’s a relaxed, all-day affair from Michael Bremner of 64 Degrees and Great British Menu fame. The Scotland-born chef has ditched small plates in favour of a more traditional à la carte menu that sees brasserie classics mingle with more creative plates.
Isaac At is a fine dining restaurant that takes local sourcing to the extreme with a menu that lists the food miles for each ingredient and an exclusively-English wine list. The venture is helmed by up-and-coming chef Isaac Bartlett-Copeland, who is aided by an unusually young team. Weighing in at 22-covers, the restaurant has a fully open kitchen and a relaxed, casual feel.
A big thank you also goes out to The Salt Room and Merkaba at MyHotel.
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