On an unexpectedly sunny day a couple of weeks ago (21 degrees in October?!) there was only one thing to do. Hop on the bike and head to Brighton Beach for a sneaky lunch. The husband was home, the kids were at school, Brighton was looking lovely and so we found ourselves at Riddle & Finns on the beach. It was so warm that we sat outside to soak up some rays and ponder how lucky we are to have a spot like this right on our doorstep.
I’ve long been a fan of this place; you can’t beat the Lanes restaurant for a grown-up, romantic setting and consistently good food. We both opted for the set lunch menu – incredible value at £14.95 for two courses. First up was a basket of soft, fluffy bread, cold salty butter and selection of fresh dips. The mackerel pate dip was so tasty I’d have been more than happy with that and a crisp glass of white.
My starter of Calamari with Daikon Radish Salad and a Ginger & Peanut Dipping Sauce was melt-in-the-mouth soft, with deliciously light and crispy batter, and rich, sweet sauce that packed a good punch. The main of pan-fried Sea Bream with Roasted Peppers and Celeriac Purée was the perfect lunch dish. Light and fresh with a great combination of flavours and crispy skin, which I love.
Our brilliant Italian waiter was a credit to this place. Slick, professional, friendly (but not too friendly), fast, informative. Everything you want from a waiter. We need more like him in Brighton please. And the setting? It’s pretty much unrivalled on Brighton seafront, with uninterrupted views of the sea and a sunny terrace where you can watch the world go by. It could well be one of the best restaurants in Brighton. I’m now on a mission to make my way around all the restautants in Brighton to see which set menus are the best in terms of taste, vaule and setting.
At around £35 for two people (no alcohol consumed!) I’d say that’s superb value for a special lunch for two. Highly recommended.
Riddle & Finns on the Beach, 139 King’s Rd, Brighton, BN1 2FN. Map.