Sam Lambert, Head Chef at 64 Degrees, the number 1 restaurant in Brighton, talks food with me…
Tucked away in the Brighton Lanes is 64 Degrees, a small restaurant with an open kitchen where passionate chefs concoct an evolving menu of tasty small plates using fresh, local produce. In 2014 & 2015 it was awarded a Bib Gourmand by Michelin and won Best Restaurant at the Brighton & Hove Food Awards.
And just this week it was awarded the accolade of ‘Brighton’s Number 1 Restaurant’ at Brighton’s Best Awards, as voted for by local experts including food writers, chefs, restaurateurs, business leaders, critics (including me!) and gourmands.
Here’s what Sam had to say when I interviewed him before he found out the restaurant had won!
1. What one dish would you recommend on your menu and why?
Tagliatelle, yolk, winter truffle. It’s using a great seasonal ingredient, plus I love the simplicity of the dish. It mixes classical (home-made pasta) and modern (confit egg yolk using a sous vide water bath) cooking techniques.
2.You’re stranded on a desert island. What three ingredients do you take with you and what would you make with them?
Marmite, beef rib and pomegranate molases. I’d braise the rib with the other ingredients…. If I was able to make a slow burner on the island, Ray Mears it!
3. What’s your top tip for cooking tuna?
4. What’s your guilty food pleasure? Do you like any weird but wonderful fusions?
On my days off (when I’m not sampling other restauarants’ food) I can live off shin cup spicy ramen soups.
5. What’s the best meal you’ve ever had in Brighton and where was it? (aside from your own kitchen)
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64 Degrees is open Monday-Sunday for lunch: 12pm-3pm & dinner 6pm-9.45pm.
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- Thomas Griffiths, Head Chef at Flank
- Ben Hutton, Head Chef at The Basketmakers
- Sam Hutchins, Head Chef at The Urchin
*Photography from 64 Degrees Facebook page.