Etch

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59 reviews
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Located at 216 Church Road in Brighton & Hove etch. is a 12-table British tasting menu only restaurant by MasterChef: The Professionals winner Steven Edwards. Previously a bank etch. has a contemporary look with views of an open kitchen, dark blue walls & modern art.

Open from Wednesday to Saturday for dinner and Thursday to Saturday lunch etch. offers a choice five, seven or nine-course monthly changing menus. Dishes are ingredient led and utilise quality produce from in and around the surrounding Sussex countryside.

etch. currently holds a Michelin Plate | 5 Good Food Guide | 3 AA Rosettes.
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N
London
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Brilliant place. Excellent service. Very atttentive. Delicious food thatbaurprises

L
London
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant and can rely on always having the most wonderful meal. Lunch and Dinner have different feels to them and in all honesty lunch is better! We are going back next month!

PD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely environment with pleasant music and very friendly and helpful staff.
And when it comes to food, it is hard to describe with words. Take your time with chewing, there is always a new flavour to surprise your taste buds.

JG
Brighton
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service and a very unique dining experience! Highly recommended, the langoustine course and rabbit were particular favourites of mine. Will be visiting again soon! 😃

IM
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A culinary experience, Etch takes dining to another level. Not just a meal but a journey for the palette and the soul. Will be recommending to everyone!

OT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and service. Great wine list. We had 7-course menus plus two starters. It was in the end too much food for us so we wish there was a 5-course menu option for dinners with the two choices of the higher end 9-course menu at the same price of 65gbp/ea (currently its shellfish and cheese options). I would definitely go again but for lunch which is 5 courses. Great experience, chef and staff. We liked our wine as well. Thank you.

JG
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is the second time my wife and I have dined at Etch and they did not disappoint. We were made to feel very special from the time we arrived till we left 3 hours later. The food was outstanding, all 9 courses were well thought out and the flavours worked so well together. Mr Edwards the chef does an excellent job of taking you on a journey through the courses building all the way and just when you think it can't get any better, it does. We will be back!

CH
London
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our third time at Etch, and it was as fantastic as the first two!

Amazing food, wonderful service and a really, really enjoyable evening.

We’ve just booked our fourth visit...

SG
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Would have give 5* overall but for was rather noisy and wines pricey - only found 1 x bottle under £30. However, the food was outstanding with interesting combinations and flavours. The personal table service by the main man himself was a great personal touch. Personal flavour highlights at a recent meal were squab pigeon breast with beetroot jus and the slow cooked duck egg.

SK
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. Particularly enjoyed the sea trout and the bass. The chocolate desert was to die for.

KD
London
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our tasting menu did not disappoint. Each course had an elegance and delicate flavours.
The duck egg and sea trout are a must so tasty.
Absolutely delicious would recommend to anyone who loves food!
My only criticism is include vat into the cost of tasting menu, so the diner knows exactly how much he is spending!

M
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing cocktails...wow! Mouth-watering pre-dinner nibbles...wow, wow! That marmite brioche...wow, wow, wow! Seven gorgeous courses - that sea trout with cockle beignets was brilliant. The perfect dinner for our 24th wedding anniversary.

AL
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic delicious meal for 3 with wine pairing - highlight of our Brighton Pride weekend mwah 💋👏🏼

JT
London
26 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Big fan of tasting menus; taking away the need to choose and being able to taste all the flavours the chefs put together is ideal. First visit on a recommendation and not disappointed. There for Friday lunch, pleasant, open plan decor, with full view of the kitchen which added interest. Great service with each dish introduced by different staff. Delicous combinations of flavours, particluarly enjoyed the amuse bouche, duck egg and cherry bakewell. Highly recommend

SW
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the concept of this restaurant: the food choices are put together by the chef so it is lovely to wait for each course to see what arrives. The presentation was fabulous and the food so full of flavours. The service was excellent and felt relaxed although the staff were very attentive. Friendly ambiance and just the right volume of music. Would definitely go back.,

MH
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. Easily the best restaurant in Brighton/Hove. The food was surprising and delightful, the staff were super-friendly, the experience was intimate, and they made us a special dessert to celebrate our anniversary! My only concern is that, when this place inevitably gets a Michelin Star, it'll be really hard to get a table there, because it'll be the best place within 30 miles. We'll be going again as soon as we can.

GH
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful food and wine, good service, well informed and entertaining sommelier.

SB
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Superb food and excellent, unobtrusive service.

Only real criticism was that there was just too much food to really appreciate it properly.

Given that I'm normally a big eater it does speak volumes for the quantity on offer!

Had the nine course option but gave up after about number six and just picked at the remainder.

There's a five course option at lunch which it might be useful to offer for dinner too or maybe have smaller portions?

E
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely waiting staff. Inventive menu. ‘Cockle ice-cream’ was a mistake. Lighting gave me a headache but otherwise a very enjoyable experience.

L
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is always a lovely experience. The food has increased in quality over the time it’s been open. We always have a wonderful time.

KO
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I’ve ever had, and I’ve lived and eaten well in New York, London and Paris! All the flavours just jumped out at you and each dish was incredible. Thank you for a wonderful lunch.

n
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our second visit, with two friends who had not been before. We elected for the full taster menu which once again was an extremely enjoyable medley of different tastes and textures. The wine list was accompanied by a comprehensive description of each offering, making the choice of wine easy. Service was professional and personable without being 'stuffy' and the four of us were quite at home in our comfortable window 'booth' and at no time did we feel rushed. Not the least expensive evening I've ever enjoyed but this experience will never come cheaply. Cannot find any fault with Etch.

NO
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed Etch, the team were great fun and looked after us perfectly. We splashed out on 7 and 9 courses with wine flight. The sommelier was knowledgeable and the stories behind the wines were fascinating and matched the food courses perfectly. Exciting, delicate exquisite, fresh and mouth-watering. We left happy and giddy. Highly recommend if you're in the mood to splash out.

S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an amazing 7 course tasting menu during a lunch time sitting for out wedding anniversary. This was a beautiful menu with amazing cooking. The staff were attentive without making you feel uncomfortable. In fact they were all amazingly passionate and committed to you having a good time and understanding where the food came from and how it was produced.
We hope to be back soon. Why has it not got a michelin star yet?

OT
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A second visit and another stunning meal. We also enjoyed being challenged with the wine choices to match. Service has the right balance between friendliness and formality. We will be back!

S
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, food and wine. The place to go for a special occasion

OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and wine, friendly staff - but 3.25 hours felt too long for dinner on a Friday night.

JA
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Myself and my partner visited etch on 12/07 for his birthday...fantastic professional service and outstanding food. I am 8 months pregnant and they managed to cater for me in such a way I didn’t feel awkward or that I’d caused a problem even though I probably had made it slightly more difficult. Wonderful experience and one that would be hard to beat elsewhere...many thanks

GJ
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and wonderful service! Each and every dish was created with such care and expertise. It was great to be able to see the food being prepared - the kitchen ran seamlessly! Everyone was very friendly and knowledgeable - they went out of their way to make sure we were happy and comfortable. I would definitely recommend Etch to friends and family.

SL
Brighton
3 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

4th visit, exceptional as always, a lovely friendly team that work here and it's always nice to see Steven and say hello, thanks :-)

PT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

simply outstanding .. the 5-course was just the right amount.

NB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Initially we were disappointed. Having booked 2 months in advance, specified no cheese for my wife's vegetarian meal, and having had a young lady phone me a couple of days before to confirm the details, when we arrived and wanted 1) a pre dinner drink - no Bailey's (felt like they were saying they were too posh for this), although the bar man did try to make an equivalent without success, and 2) we couldn't have the associated soft drink accompaniment with our meal as this had to be pre-ordered, despite the fact this is not mentioned on their website, nor did the young lady who confirmed the booking mention this either. This meant that we had to settle for the bar man trying to make some soft drinks off the cuff to accompany our food, again with rather mixed results and frankly too much liquid.
Little details irk and fail them as well. We were sold water when in fact they gave tap water if asked, but we weren't offered this. No tongs for the ice and no hanger for my wife's handbag, these only appearing half way through our meal. The servers need to be more aware and attentive to details.
The ambience is so so, nice decor but loud and brittle and with no romantic undertones. All rather functional, no luxury, comfort or little touches to justify the expense apart from the food, always just the food.
The food is undeniably great, and centre stage, and well served and presented, but a restaurant experience is an amalgam of many features, not just the food, and for this reason it is unlikely we will be going to Etch very often. However if you want want to experience great food in an unfussy way (but I am!) then Etch is the place for you.

B
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There was not anything that we did not like on the menu and the drink pairings were interesting and great. Very friendly staff and Steven came over several times to serve and explain courses.

N
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food. Immaculate presentation. Intimate atmosphere.. I love the fact Steven still serves some of his food to you. Prestige wine flight is worth the extra, some superb wines, especially the Barbaresco and natural wine from US. However be prepared for a seriously expensive night. 2 people, 9 course tasting, one prestige wine flight, one normal, bill over £400!!! Ouch!

ET
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The beauty of food - if food had a model agency, this would be the number one to go to. Steven has honed his craft with passion, dedication and drive alongside an experienced and hard working team. The food was a sensory delight. A fantastic, enjoyable and memorable evening. Thank you!

R
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not enough superlatives to describe this place. Amazing food in a truly beautiful setting. The service is second-to-none.

A
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A complete treat for a celebratory night out. We had the seven course tasting menu with wine pairing. Etch were very conscientious about allergies beforehand and adjusted the menu to suit. Service was impeccable. Can’t wait to go again.

j
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazon restaurant! We had the best night out, the whole thing from start to finish was perfect. The attention to detail as wonderful and the assortment of flavours is astonishing.
We had the 9 course taster menu with wine pairing. I don't drink red wine so my wine pairing was different to my husbands and that was no bother to them at all. It was so interesting hearing about where the wines are from, how they are made, the grape variety and why they had chosen them to go with a certain dish. The amount of effort that has gone into making this restaurant fantastic is literally mind blowing. The food is exquisite and we can't wait to go back. Thank you.

A
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The 9-course tasting menu is an epic...and truly memorable experience. Steven makes sure every dish comes out perfect...and he and his team of friendly knowledgeable staff are very attentive. Highly recommend if you can afford.

C
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very inventive with combinations we had not heard of, wasn't a fan of pickled celery with my cheese and sorbet but it was fun to try. All other combinations were a hit! Service was excellent and the atmosphere was very relaxed. Limited selection of wines by the glass, but excellent and inventive cocktails. We shall be returning later in the year to enjoy their seasonally changing menu.

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