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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Simply stunning seafood cooked with exemplary attention

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Wines by the glass
Credit cards accepted

Tucked away in a little side street off Hove’s Western Road, chef-patron Duncan Ray’s modest little operation certainly punches above its weight. After stints at The Fat Duck and Pennyhill Park, Ray knows a thing or two about top-end dining – here he works alone in the kitchen, and the results speak for themselves: stunning local and sustainable seafood cooked with exemplary attention to detail, accuracy and an intelligent creative edge. The setting is a light-filled space done out with a bare-bones contemporary look – neutral colours, bright, seafood-themed local art, wooden tables and quarry-tiled floors, and it is comfortable and atmospheric in the evening, with a charming solo server managing front of house for the lucky 20 diners. The tersely-worded fixed-price menu offers five no-choice courses and delivers dishes of pure seafood flavour, a satiny mussel and bacon soup priming the palate for outstanding scallops pointed up with caper and cauliflower purées and crunchy beer-battered raisins. The bright, clean flavours continue in an outstanding piece of wild bass with dashi and Thai Morning Glory, then stunning turbot with crab cannelloni, sea herbs and shellfish sauce. To close the show, pineapple tarte Tatin is matched with a delicate coconut sorbet.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 1 week in March, 2 weeks in September, Christmas
  • Days closed: Sunday to Monday
  • Closed for lunch: Tuesday to Friday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9

Chef

  • Chef(s): Duncan Ray

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern Fish
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 8
  • Wines over £30: 14
  • Wines by the glass: 9

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted

Facilities

  • Seats: 22
  • Off-site parking available: On street

Additional information

  • Seats: 22

Getting here

Just off Western Road on Upper Market Street. Restaurant on right opposite The Old Market.

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Brighton
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