Pull out all the stops and dine at Brighton’s finest restaurants this Valentine’s Day
No sooner have you received that long-awaited pay check for January in the bank then you realise that the national day of love and romance is fast approaching. If you haven’t the culinary skills to treat your special someone to a home cooked dinner to show them how much you love them, then here are a few of the best restaurants in Brighton to book up this Valentine’s Day.
Brighton’s current number 1 restaurant will be running a set menu on the 14th February, priced at £64 per head including a glass of fizz on arrival. Due to the restaurant’s ethos of using what is available at the time, the unique menu for the evening will be revealed closer to the time. With limited availability for either of the two sittings at 6pm and 8.30pm don’t wait – call and reserve your table today. Book here: www.64degrees.co.uk
The boys at The Set have an approach to these ‘special days’ that I really admire. Co-founder Bonner tells me: “Customers shouldn’t be charged extra for a desirable date so we don’t do Christmas menus, party menus, Valentine’s menus or anything in-between. Same menus. Same price. Why should people pay an extra £20 to stick a champagne sorbet before their rose petal panna cotta?” Here, here, to that, so enjoy one of the three tantalising set menus always on offer and priced between £32–£37 per head – if you can get a spot still. Book here: www.thesetrestaurant.com
Just like The Set, Isaac At doesn’t promise a ‘special’ menu just for Valentine’s because they are always trying to do something special, every day. Isaac tells me: “Changing menus like that would compromise the core values of what we’re about.” So, if you like what you’ve heard about Isaac At in my recent review there’s an 8-course tasting menu priced at £47 per head – same as the usual price – and a 4-course set menu available on the Wednesday that week too for £35 per head. Availability remains for Wednesday 15th, Thursday 16th and for Saturday lunchtime if you’d prefer to celebrate at the weekend. Book here: www.isaac-at.com
The Salt Room
Unfortunately, The Salt Room is already fully booked for Valentine’s eve but there is limited availability for Saturday 11th February. A 3-course set menu including a mussel chowder, coal roasted sea bass and truffle gnocchi is on offer for £45, all day. Book here: www.saltroom-restaurant.co.uk
Nothing says romance better than nuzzling over a big plate of spaghetti, Lady and the Tramp style; so head to Polpo this Valentine’s where spaghetti vongole is on the set menu. The £26 menu includes a Bellini on arrival, 4 courses and chocolate salami to go. What’s more, if you book and pre-order the set menu via the website you’ll automatically be entered into a competition to win a romantic trip to Venice. Book here: www.polpo.co.uk/blog/events/valentine
If you’re looking for somewhere at the Hove end of Brighton, Market Restaurant is offering a small feast for two to share. For £35pp dinners will be treated to 7 courses over one and half hours and the good news is there’s still availability for Valentine’s evening. Just be prepared to pay the £10 per head deposit to reserve a table. Book here: www.market-restaurantbar.co.uk
The Little Fish Market
Finally, I really wanted to include The Little Fish Market in this guide but after a chat with the owner Duncan it turns out that the restaurant has been booked up for Valentine’s Day (and the prior weekend for months). Yes, it’s THAT good. The restaurant will be offering a 9-course tasting menu for £75 per head, which will be based on seasonal ingredients available that week. If you had your heart set on dining here, why not book a table for another evening and avoid all the other loved up couples. You could make that your Valentine’s gift to your loved one instead. Book here: www.thelittlefishmarket.co.uk
What are your plans for Valentine’s Day, are you in or out? And if you’re out, where will you be dining? Leave me a comment and let me know…
*Photography from Polpo’s Valentine’s menu.