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    Riddle & Finns (the one on the beach), BN1

    “Welcome to the best restaurant in town”, said our waiter, Louis (pronounced Louie) as he presented the menu to us.

    “Yes, we’re looking forward to it. We’re having a fishy weekend; we’re off to Little Fish Market tomorrow night too”.

    His face fell. “Oh. Now that probably is the best restaurant in town”.

    The GLDHI and I shared a raised eyebrow look.

    He brought a basket of OK+ bread, accompanied by excellent dips, particularly a mackerel pate.

    I ordered 6 oysters as an amuse bouche - 3 Jersey natives and 3 rock, and proceeded to enjoy them one by one, much to the jealousy of the GLDHI, who loves oysters, but is violently sick after eating them. They were fresh, and utterly delicious.

    “Yes”, said Looie, “We really do do good oysters”.

    Another eyebrow-raising moment was shared at the implication that the rest of the food wasn’t so good.

    “Is that a carrot you have tattooed on your thumb?”, I asked Looee as he came to remove the shells. “*Sigh*. Everyone thinks that. I think it’s because it looks like a carrot when I have my thumb straight. I had my thumb bent when I had the tattoo done. It’s a jalapeŮo; look”. Sure enough, it looked like a jalapeŮo when he bent his thumb. He also had the word “slowly” inked just above the wrist. Perhaps that was an instruction from his girlfriend? Or possibly it morphs into a giraffe when he flexes his wrist?

    Out come our starters: tempura tiger prawns for me, sea bass ceviche for the GLDHI. The prawns were large, but they were NOT tempura. The batter was standard fish and chip shop batter, not the light batter that is, err, the definition of “tempura”. They were grossly over-cooked. The ceviche was 80% lettuce, 10% mayo, 10% sea bass. When you could find a piece of fish, it was fine.

    More eyebrow raising.

    Then came the mains: Dover sole, skinny fries, and greens for me; Kerala fish curry for the GLDHI. The sole was grossly over-cooked (go to the Plough in Bolnhurst for how it should be done), the chips were greasy, the fish in the curry was sparse and, err, grossly over-cooked. The greens were perfect.

    Louee brought the bill, and a “comments” card. The GLDHI wrote “Louis was awesome”. He was. I took the card and added “But the fish was grossly over-cooked”. It was.

    The GLDHI was horrified, and dashed out of the restaurant. “That was mean...I really need a pee, and I couldn’t go in there; the chefs have knives”. I shrugged. “There’s public toilets just up here back towards the Palace Pier”. “Oh, yes”, she said.

    They were locked. Much hilarity ensued.

    We had a couple of (cheap, very cheap) single malts in the Black Dove, where an old school DJ (he was playing vinyl ffs) played Cuban dance music and old school rock and roll. Brilliant.

    Outside the pub, we met a woman with a ferret on a lead. She sat at the table next to us and was explaining to her table companions that the ferret loved to be with her pet rat, until the rat died, adding “I didn’t know what to do with the rat, so I’ve put him in the freezer until I decide where to bury him”.

    “That’s going in the review”, I said to the GLDHI. She smiled and nodded, “Yes, dear”.

    TL;DR: by all means go. Just don’t order any fish that they’ve, you know, had to, err, cook.

    Give our regards to Louey.
    Hmmmm . . . I can see it being a problem when a fish restaurant ove ooks the very ingredient that everyone goes there for, errr . . . fish.

    Brilliantly written review by the way.

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      Off to Fourth & Church for the first time tonight. Expecting big things!
      Oh. Don't expect big things from it (apart from the wine, especially if you spend big), it's not a classical restaurant. It just does quite simple things well. Chacuterie and cheese is the food that I'd recommend the most, but their plates can be really good too.
      I'm off to Trakol in Newcastle for lunch with someone on this thread that will be able to characterise it better -- and at better length -- than I.
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      I'm off to Trakol in Newcastle for lunch with someone on this thread that will be able to characterise it better -- and at better length -- than I.
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      Just back from Olliverís in Seaford celebrating a palís birthday. Hadnít heard of it before, very unassuming place from the front and small inside, but outstanding food and friendly service. Superb value at around £35 for 4 courses from a small but varied menu. Fresh fish and desserts were particularly good.
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      Little Fish Market, Upper Market St, BN3.

      It’s only as I started thinking about the first sentence of this review that I realised the similarities between LFM and Sushi Tetsu: both small (20 covers a night vs 14), both only having one person doing all the cooking, both with a real attention to ingredient choice and precision, both with only one person doing front of house.

      “We’ve just arrived”, texted @Machiavelli just as we got out of our taxi from the Pond where we’d spent a very pleasant couple of hours drinking with a habituee of this thread who has been picked up by a 1901 steward for being unable to button his shirt correctly, carries a “leather tote, not a handbag”, and has a penchant for extremely messy-looking burgers, and several friends of his, two of whom had cycled down from the AMEX. Not being a knowledgeable craft beer drinker, I followed the lead set by the tote-carrier and very nice they were too.

      Mr & Mrs M were perusing the wine list as we entered the sttripped-back restaurant. “The wines last time were fine without being great”, Mr M said. Trusting his judgement in vinological matters, I was happy to defer to his choices throughout the meal, and very nice they were too. No champagne or “champagne” was selected. Just saying.

      It’s a six course set tasting menu for £69pp. I say six; they were preceded by three individual amuse bouche, which were exquisite in their accuracy and attention to detail, and by a boiled egg with various additions including a mushroom foam - reminiscent of Manresa’s famed egg.

      The food is uniformly excellent, with a focus on accuracy. There’s just no doubt that you got served exactly what the chef had intended to serve you when he planned the dish. Consistency of presentation across the four servings of each course was deeply impressive too.

      The sea bream (just beautiful, and perfectly cooked) and plum tart (including the thinnest pastry case I’ve ever seen) were my favourites, though tomorrow I might think it was the crab ravioli or the wild bass.

      The only slight fault, in our opinions, was that the brandade was a touch over-salted.

      This is really very good cooking - worthy of a star.

      The company was, as ever, fantastic. There was some discussion about whether Mrs M’s architecturally-themed necklace was a representation of a Frank LLoyd Wright-designed house; I’m still not sure.

      We saw no vinyl-playing DJ, no ferrets, no stories about freezing dead pet rats*. Instead, good company at the pub and restaurant, good beer, decent wine, and very fine cooking.

      *Though I did see a seagull when we got out of the taxi outside our B&B.

      EDIT: “You didn’t say anything about the tiniest eclairs I’ve ever seen” says the GLDHI as she reads this review. She’s right, I didn’t. They came as one of the three amuse bouche. If you imagine a carrot/jalapeŮo tattoo on a thumb - they were about that size. Neither did I say anything about me asking the “is that shredded coconut on top of those eclairs?”, only to hear “No, it’s Parmesan” in reply. “Oh yes, so it is”. Oh well, too late now.
      Glad you enjoyed it. I may have mentioned once or twice how good it is

      As for Riddle and Finns I've never eaten in the seafront one. I went for lunch in The Lanes branch with some Australian friends that were over here in July and it was *fine*. We had a simple set course lunch and they neither ****ed it up, nor dazzled. Won't be rushing back, nor will I be putting a brick through their window. LFM, on the other hand, I would eat at every weekend if I had the wherewithal.
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      I needed an Indian that was open on a Wednesday afternoon and ended up in the Bayleaf in St James Street. Iíd have to say it was great. Without a doubt itís the best curry Iíve had in Brighton.


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      Went to Orchard Cafe in Worthing today for breakfast.

      Well good, good ingredients (decent bacon & sausage) and good value ! Canít believe Iíve not been before
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      Went to Orchard Cafe in Worthing today for breakfast.

      Well good, good ingredients (decent bacon & sausage) and good value ! Can’t believe I’ve not been before
      ...and proper loose leaf tea served in a teapot.
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      Oh. Don't expect big things from it (apart from the wine, especially if you spend big), it's not a classical restaurant. It just does quite simple things well. Chacuterie and cheese is the food that I'd recommend the most, but their plates can be really good too.
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      Good summary that.

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      We stuck to their small plate/tapas stuff and a bottle of the house white (missus isn't fussy, I wanted to try the Butlers/Plumpton white but lost that 'discussion'. I was impressed by it. I thought the Salt Hake dish was really good and they did a brilliant octopus thing that was up there with the best octopus I've had (that award stays with Quermesse in Lisbon). Also worthy of a mention is the fried chicken dish which was pitched brilliantly in terms of heat levels. Everything arrived at the table at the correct temperature (warm, not hot), which I really rate restaurants for these days.

      The chocolate dessert was possibly a tiny bit on the sweet side for me but that's me looking for an issue.

      All in all it was a great experience and will go back with a group, as I reckon that's where the value might be.


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      Went to Orchard Cafe in Worthing today for breakfast.

      Well good, good ingredients (decent bacon & sausage) and good value ! Canít believe Iíve not been before
      We went there a couple of years back, primarily as I'd heard they did decent American pancakes which one of the kids wanted.

      I can't remember too much about it now, good or bad, and we've not been back so I reckon we must have rated it as "OK".

      Malt is our go-to for breakfast in Worthing now, and it's going to take a lot to tempt me to spend elsewhere, as Malt is bloody fantastic.

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