Valentines Day Guide 2014

Valentines Day Guide 2014

 

The Little Fish Market

Crab Risotto at The Little Fish Market. Photograph by Claire Beveridge.

Crab Risotto at The Little Fish Market. Photograph by Claire Beveridge.

Monkfish at The Little Fish Market. Photograph by Claire Beveridge.

Monkfish at The Little Fish Market. Photograph by Claire Beveridge.

Open less than a year, The Little Fish Market in Hove is your essential Valentines Day restaurant. Situated on Brunswick Street West, this spacious yet intimate venue has all the classic hallmarks of special occasion without being at all pretentious or overly extravagant.

Head Chef Duncan Ray works from a small yet perfectly formed menu comprising of carefully orchestrated and locally sourced fish dishes. Dishes include mackerel with quail egg, french bean, saffron potato and tapenade, sea bass with crab mayonnaise, fennel and pink grapefruit and a delicious sounding lobster risotto with orange and basil. Desserts are not to be overlooked with options of apple, panna cotta, pear or salted caramel based sweet delights.

Coupled with a well balanced wine list and faultless service, dining in Brighton and Hove simply doesn’t get any better than this.

2 courses £38, 3 courses £46. Cash only.

Coal Shed

Ribeye Steak at Coal Shed.

Ribeye Steak at Coal Shed.

Brighton’s premier steak restaurant on Boyces Street is sure to be a hive of loved up diners this Friday as nowhere else in Brighton does steak like Coal Shed. Whether it be rib-eye, porterhouse, fillet or sirloin that takes your fancy, each cut is griddled to perfection in their unique josper oven and paired with a great range of side dishes including beef dripping chips, beetroot salad, seasonal green vegetables and garlic mushrooms.

The team are welcoming and knowledgeable without being overly attentive or pushy and the decor is modern with an upmarket feel. Coal Shed also hosts an eclectic wine menu that focusses on both old and new world with a heavy emphasis on red.

Valentines Set Menu £40

Pizzaface

 Cuca pizza - mozzarella, smoked mozzarella, oyster and shitake mushrooms, carmedlised onions, rosemary and Napoli salami.

Cuca pizza – mozzarella, smoked mozzarella, oyster and shitake mushrooms, carmedlised onions, rosemary and Napoli salami.

Why spend your evening surrounded by other people? An alternative option is to stay in with a bottle of cheap plonk and let someone else deliver your food to you. Of course, one of Brighton’s best takeaways is the hugely good value for money, Pizzaface.

With branches in both Kemptown and Hove, no corner of the city is left un-catered for. The menu is completely pizza orientated with a huge selection to choose from. Toppings include chorizo, wild boar, rosemary, sun-dried tomatoes, smoked chipotle chilli, salami and sautéed mushrooms to name but a few. Pizzaface also offer gluten and wheat free bases. Sides include olives, salads and rosemary garlic bread.

Pizzaface partner with BoHo Geleto on their ice cream so expect to be tempted into purchasing a wickedly sweet local treat to follow your cheese indulgence.

Pizzas between £6-11.

BBQ Shack

BBQ Shack

Shun the shoddy world of commercial Valentines tosh and gather up a round of your closest mates for a meat feast you’ll never forget. All smoked in house by expert BBQ champion John Hargate, BBQ Shack at the World’s End Pub on London road is a must for every carnivore in the city.

The meats include pulled pork, brisket, glazed ham, spare ribs and hot-link sausages with side- orders such as wedges, baked sweet potato, chilli, corn on the cob and the best macaroni cheese I’ve tasted in Brighton. Not in the mood for the meat sweats? Take it easy with a 9oz burger, hot dog or burrito instead. Sharing plates, combo’s and platters await at Brighton’s original smoked meat shack.

Originally printed in the Brighton and Hove Independent Newspaper 14/02/14

Words and photographs by Claire Beveridge.