Fringe Friends Review: Riddle and Finns

A mouth watering review of the Brighton seafood institution

Nothing beats Brighton on a lazy summer’s afternoon. The laines are bustling with holiday makers and the beach is brimming with sun seekers. But tucked away from beach huts and ice cream stands you’ll find a Brighton institution, the classic and contemporary dining experience that is Riddle and Finns.

After perfecting the champagne and oyster bar style dining in the south laines, their seafront location is slightly more traditional with the salty air making the perfect pairing for fresh fish dishes.

The wait staff are genuine, accommodating and professional. The menu is mouth-watering. We watch as plates are served to surrounding tables, trying to match meals with menu descriptions. Ordering can be difficult, fears of food envy and fiddley portion sizes are real. But I quietly trust that every dish is as delicious as the next. And I’m not wrong.

After sampling generous amounts of complimentary bread and dips, we start with satay prawn skewers and fresh octopus. The presentation is mouth-watering and the portions fill the plates comfortably. The food is fresh, light, and full of flavour.

The main course is slow to be served, but makes a good excuse for an extended lunch break. The seafood and squid risotto is deliciously subtle and would prove quite comforting in colder months.

If you’re wanting a meal with a little more punch, the fish curry comes perfectly presented and ready to impress.

Fine seafood speaks for itself. Riddle and Finns doesn’t hide behind ultra-contemporary or super fine-dining pretences. It serves fantastic food that’s prepared fresh and seemingly straight from the sea.

Riddle and Finns is a Brighton institution and a valued partner of Fringe Friends. Platinum members get 20% off the total bill, for up to 7 guests at Riddle and Finns. Nothing fishy about that. 

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