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Fish is the focus at this simple restaurant, fittingly located in a converted fishmonger’s opposite the old Victorian fish market. The owner cooks alon...
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'The Little Fish Market is a 20 cover Fish Restaurant. We serve solely a 5 course Taster menu of exciting modern fish dishes. The restaurant holds 3AA rosettes for culinary excellence the only restaurant in East Sussex to hold this sort after accolade.
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Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to the LFM last night. The food was exceptional and the service impeccable. It's great that the chef/owner brings a couple of courses out and chats to his guests. All the staff love talking about the food with you but are not at...all over-bearing with it. The ambience is very quiet and low key and the restaurant has a Nordic, simple design. I took my wife and friends for a celebration and we all loved the restaurant. You get six courses with no options. So you have to like fish! The courses are small but you feel absolutely full up at the end. This is an expensive, adult restaurant. Its not for children or people that want choice or large courses. I loved it!More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 27 March 2022

I'm always a little sceptical about obligatory tasting menus, but that scepticism was completely unfounded in this case as we got course after course of stunning fish and seafood, followed up by delicious puddings. The setting is pleasantly informal, with a nice atmosphere and friendly...staff, not at all pretentious, which on paper you might have expected. If you fancy going you'll need both patience - given the demand and small capacity you need to book well in advance - and deep pockets, but with the quality of the food you'll have no complaints about the value.More

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 20 March 2022

This is an experience, not to be rushed. The food was wonderful. Both waiters were very friendly & helpful. The lighting of the restaurant was just right. I loved the amazing mackerel paintings hung on the walls, great colours & textures........in keeping with food themes....My partner & I enjoyed the evening very much.More

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed 13 March 2022 via mobile

We have been wanting to try this gorgeous little gem of a place for years and finally made it! We had the wine pairing as well and oh my goodness it was just out of this world! Not only were the dishes extraordinarily tasty and...inventive, the wine pairings were just fabulous and as for the service - so charming and smiley! Oh and even the music complements the overall experience! And it was lovely to meet the charming and super talented chef Duncan and learn about the dishes. We will most definitely be back. Stunning. Simply stunning.More

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed 1 March 2022 via mobile

Mind blowing. Absolutely incredible, unique food from a world class chef at the top of his game. A menu full of flair and panache, cooked with passion and amazing attention to detail. Flawless from start to finish with perfect wine pairings. Brighton's best.

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed 27 February 2022

When researching this restaurant it was clear that it was going to be a gastronomic experience of some quality, I wasn't disappointed. Tasting menus are becoming more and more familiar in a large number of fine dining establishments showcasing the chefs' skills The Little Fish...Market was no exception. Offering a great value wine pairing at £55 or making a selection from the wine list worked for me. The portion size was, in my opinion, just right. The inventiveness and delivery were superb. On the negative side, I felt a little overwhelmed by the overall richness of the food by the end of the meal. The establishment was very modern, clean, and was well serviced by the staff the personal serving by the chef was a nice touch also, and how he worked in such a tiny kitchen was beyond me. It was most enjoyable and I will visit again.More

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed 24 February 2022

The Tasting menu is the only option, fine: at £85 however, I’d have expected a little more…..we thought the first two “nibbles” were an extra, and then realised no, they were the first course. That said, the fish cooking was delicious. Because of our confusion...over had we started or not, we were late ordering the wine flight. Looking at the wines, that too comes out a bit mean at £55pp. The service was a bit up and down - sometimes a long wait, and other times not enough of a pause, maybe because they serve each table in the same order every dish round. The room itself is a bit bright. Other reviewers too commented on how bare it all feels. I always wonder why the chef serves - isn’t he needed in the kitchen? It was a treat for a special occasion, but all in all I have to say I wouldn’t shell out that sort of money to visit again.More

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed 14 February 2022

I feel almost embarrassed writing a bad review, since the Little Fish Market is so on trend. Or was. Maybe that is the point. In these straitened times, with the cost of living crisis raging, it feels a tasting menu of "innovative" fish dishes, ie...tiny and eye wateringly expensive, just completely miss the mark no matter the breathless exhortations of the foodies and, of course, the obligatory recommendation in the Michelin guide. Are these people living in the real world? The food snobs may not mind paying £75 (excluding drinks) for six courses of miniscule pieces of mainly cold fish but I do. Lowlights included the boiled egg and soldiers, which was a nice idea but said egg was lukewarm and slimy, while the crab curry was overwhelmingly salty and gone in two mouthfuls. Pudding, for want of a better word, was an ice-cream "sandwich" that was the size of a 50p piece. Of course there was a good wine list but it started at £30 per bottle, while a bottle of beer was a staggering £8. So five-star prices. What about the service? Fails miserably on nearly every level unfortunately. I did not feel the people serving were either knowlegable or cared very much about the food, while the chef came round and mumbled a few words now and again but added nothing to the "experience". The restaurant itself is brightly lit and spartan, with not a flower or candle in sight and feels more like eating in a canteen, though of course a canteen would not be charging nearly £300 for two!More

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed 11 February 2022

I was very disappointed Came here 3 years ago and had a wonderful meal and a great birthday celebration Returned last night. The service was ok not great The lights far too bright Lots of consecutive cold food Looking at pictures previously nothing Much has...changed for months -same food same snack pudding etc Egg and soldier was around and new 15 years ago Great food has moved on a lot and this certainly has not Wine was the best part but not a sniff of red anywhere which wouldn’t suit a lot of people I could have done most of this at home myself I am sure they all work hard and aim to please But this needs a refresh of its food not a refurb Of the roomMore

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed 7 February 2022

I meant to email the restaurant directly after my visit to shre some critique and feedback however I feel I have left it too late now. After hearing great things and great reviews my partner and I couldnt wait to try The Little Fish Market....Talk about disappointing. Restaurant is limited to a few tables and so when we arrived we were the first there - fine! We waited a very long time to get something other than olives.. we were starving getting bread about 45 minutes after sitting down. Bread was forgetable, I think you can tell a good place by its bread which you should dream about in the following weeks/months, We got the "egg" in a cup which was slimey and lacking great flavour, very gimmicky and actually not all pleasent. I appreciate the theatrics of fine dining but it just didnt deliver. Then we had a "poached oyster" - again slimey and lacking flavour. I appreciate the oyster would have been a good one but in that case id rather it fresh - poaching didnt add anything and actually took the high quality away from it. There was some small cous cous type thing with the oyster - again a weird texture with this slimey second course. Two other courses followed - again neither great - a seabream course was extremely FISHY! Now I LOVE fish but it was overpowering and actually quite sickening. Our meal was finished off with a dessert course (forgettable) and some petit fours. All in all it was really just NOT GOOD. Service was fine , no complaints but also no personality. Long waits in between courses and TINY postion sizes. Prices do not match up to expectations. Felt like we were used perhaps as guinea pigs for some "new courses" trials - thats the only way I can explain how the reviews are so great and yet we had such a poor experience. We left feeling robbed, confused and absolutely ravenous.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Not really end not for a young child. It is very much an adult eating place and designed with that in mind. Food would not be suitable either. But it is wonderful!
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  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5