The Set Brighton is just waiting to be discovered…
The Set Brighton is one of those restaurants that once you discover you feel like you’ve missed out having never been here before now. It is a bit of a secret, hidden just out of the main shopping district of the city, in Regency Square, carefully tucked round the corner. That being said, it’s difficult not to spot with a bright sign on the door, marking it out upon the townhouse facades of its shoulder-to-shoulder companions round the square.
It’s location is enviable, the square begging to be flopped onto under the sun after dining, your stomach full and pleasantly content. The i360 is a stone throw away and you can hear the gulls squawking and waves lapping upon the shore. It’s small yet eccentric, part of the Artist Residence Hotel. In a nod to its namesake, it is decorated in such a way you almost crane your neck trying to look at everything at once. Rustic brick walls with contemporary artwork and chalk boards displaying the specials are complimented by large windows at the front of the restaurant, allowing the room to be flooded with light. If you are happy enough to sit here it’s a great spot to look out to the seafront. The tables and chairs are made of wood and you can choose to sit at the pass, a great opportunity to watch the chefs at work. It’s a space that’s as unpretentious as the staff, you feel comfortable and relaxed as soon as you enter and nothing is too much effort.
The menu at the Set Bar is vast and varied and you can choose tapas style dishes which you can pair with glasses of wine. The dishes are seasonal and proudly British, with beautifully arranged combinations of flavour, of texture and colour.
The menu of the Set Brighton is laid out with hot dishes, cold dishes and then desserts. It is delicious and the price tags are low – something you rarely get in places like this. Dishes on the cold menu include Maldon Oyster with ponzu/ shallot vinegar (£2.50) Burrata, pea pesto and rhubarb (£4) and Flint owl Sourdough and whipped butter (£2.50.) On the hot menu you can enjoy potatoes, buttermilk and herbs (£3), lamb meatball, goats cheese and anchovy crumb (£4) and Honeyed artichokes with tahini (£3) among a whole other host of delicious offerings. We recommend you pair wine with your main meal and swap to a cocktail for dessert.
They’re simply too good it would be a crime not to try. Dessert wise, you can indulge in a dark chocolate & dolce lecce mousse (£3), Lamington with whipped cream (£3) or Carrot cake truffles (£3)
The Set Brighton is somewhere you can go to enjoy fine wine, even finer food and leave without your bank balance having taken a major bashing. The atmosphere is great, the setting ideal and the location perfect. It is somewhere you will return to again and again, with friends, with family, with your other half and with everyone in between.
The Set Brighton
33 Regency Square