The rumours about town are that The Little Fish Market in Hove is offering something special. And I can confirm that this tiny 2-person fish restaurant blows any other meal I’ve had out of the water.
My first encounter of The Little Fish was during restaurant review filming with Patrick Mcguigan for 60secondreviews. I met Duncan, the 1-man-band chef of Little Fish, who worked under Heston at The Fat Duck, and his partner-in-crime waiter Rob.
The next opportunity I got to attend and (wahoo) eat at The Little Fish was the most recent Brighton Food Society get together.
An exclusive 6-course menu accompanied by superb wines from Ambriel and the PIWOSA, Premium Independent Wines of South Africa.
The restaurant was all ours, sat around the table of 15 which took up the majority of the restaurant, we began our descent into fishy goodness.
Course 1 was mackerel pate with something brand new to me – deep fried skate bones, tiny, delicate and crunchy, a brilliant resourceful idea. This was paired with our greeting drink of Ambriel English sparkling wine, which set it off perfectly.
Next up was a beautiful tea-smoked trout salad with beetroot and horseradish cream, followed by a perfect dome of creamy crab risotto with a crab cake on top.
Taste buds fully awake and the wine flowing freely, our brilliant waiter Rob brings out our main course of roasted turbot with a red wine reduction and grilled artichokes. The fish was cooked perfectly and tasted extra meaty, a perfect match to the artichokes. I was seriously impressed.
The best surprise of the evening was the two desserts, a palate cleanser of raspberry breton shortbread with lemon curd and candied mint, followed by serious chocolate heaven of 64% ganache and white chocolate ice cream with salted caramel, a stunningly presented and tasting dish. Seriously impressive.
The Little Fish Market is booked up a couple of weeks in advance (it’s very small and exceptionally good) but please, make the call and get down there.