Restaurants in Brighton: things to know before you go
Brighton’s world-class dining scene provides something for every palate. Here are the answers to all your questions about restaurants in the coastal town.
What is the best restaurant in Brighton?
While there’s so much foodie fervour down the road in London, Brighton’s restaurants more than hold their own against those in the capital. Here are three of the best according to Groupon customers:
- La Casa Flamenca is just round the corner from Old Steine Gardens, La Casa Flamenca offers sunny Spanish and Mediterranean food all the way. Expect classics like tapas and paella, alongside steak, chicken and seafood.
- Semolina is the kind of local bistro you might not have heard about – because people want it all to themselves. It serves up simple, local and expertly cooked seasonal fare, with dishes such as clams and pancetta tagliatelle or pan-fried gurnard – depending on the catch of the day.
- Bincho Yakitori is an izakaya (Japanese gastropub) run by chef Dave Miney, who earned his stripes working in some of Tokyo’s most bustling kitchens. If you’re looking for an exotic dining experience, it’s definitely worth considering this restaurant.
What are the best places for lunch in Brighton?
Top local restaurants serve dishes both classic and contemporary. Yes, you can still get awesome fish and chips and a great cuppa for your lunch, but there’s also plenty of super-contemporary food to sink your teeth into. Here some of the best restaurants in Brighton to book a table at:
- Regency Restaurant is a classic marina restaurant serving super fresh seafood, including brilliant fish and chips, with a great view of the seafront.
- Curry Leaf Café is one of a number of great Indian restaurants in Brighton, renowned for its excellent regional curries. Lunches include dosas, warm salads, soups and tandoor naan wraps alongside traditional thali platters.
- Wheat & Beans is an artisan coffee shop where you can get lunch classics infused with Mediterranean inspiration and flavour.
Where can I get great seafood in Brighton?
Good seafood is a staple of restaurants in Brighton, but a few spots stand out – including:
- The Little Fish Market. Tucked away just back from the Hove seafront, it’s headed up by chef Duncan Rey, who serves the day’s catch in a five-course tasting menu.
- Urchin. A cool Hove gastropub with a menu littered with the most amazing seafood dishes. It gets bonus points for its impressive selection of over 100 craft beers.
- Isaac At. Here you can watch chef Isaac Bartlett and his team crafting a fine dining experience before your very eyes. The tasting menu starts at £55 and includes the best of the day’s catch.
Where do fish and chips come from?
Jewish immigrants first brought fried fish over to Britain from Spain and Portugal. It’s widely believed that fried fish was first sold as street food in London, but who first paired it with chips is a matter of fierce controversy.
Some attribute the origins of the dish to a Lancashire entrepreneur named John Lees as early as 1863, but others claim the pairing first appeared in London in a shop owned by Jewish immigrant Joseph Malin around the same time.