Kindling

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Kindling is food that’s kind to the soul and the environment. That means super seasonal, local plates, along with ethical meat and sustainable fish. Good food made with care and enriched by fire.

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EB
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is incredible and the staff lovely and attentive. We will definitely be back!

k
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing good, the best service, so accommodating (and great local and/or organic wines, beers and gins!)

It was so good we went back the next night!!!

MD
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic meal, varied flavours and presentation. Hugely enjoyable.
Great service and care shown by all staff.
Only thing to recommend for improvement was the rather bizarre choice of background music for such a 'classy' establishment

Kindling
Responded on 12 March 2020

Hey Matthew! Awesome rating, thank you very much! Also great response, we will aim for something more suitable for your next visit, we always appreciate feedback like this. All the best and hope to see you soon! The Kindling Team

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OT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kindling was fantastic. The service and food was exceptional and a breath of fresh air to find everything so perfectly executed. One of the owners Jane looked after us throughout our meal and provided some of the best and friendliest service we’ve ever received. Cannot recommend highly enough!

Kindling
Responded on 12 March 2020

Hi there! Thank you so much for your review! Jane and the team send their love, it always makes us smile when we receive such kind words and are glad that you enjoyed your time with us. Hope to see you soon! The Kindling Team

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A
West Sussex
3 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was excellent but the surroundings let the experience down as it felt like a afterthought, like they ran out of money before completing the interior design. I’d go back with my wife but not for a special occasion because it just doesn’t feel special, more like being in a cafe

Kindling
Responded on 12 March 2020

Good evening Artyray, We are really glad to hear that you enjoyed the food, it is definitely one of our focus points and serving high quality produce is our passion. Thank you for your constructive criticism regarding the interior, we aim for a laidback and friendly yet approachable space, so we hope you feel this next time you join us, as well as the considered and personable food and service. All the best! The Kindling team.

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DC
London
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great evening at Kindling for my friends birthday. The tasting menu was amazing, would definitely recommend.

Kindling
Responded on 12 March 2020

Hey Daniel, Thank you very much for your rating and kind words, we are so glad you had a good time with us! Always welcome to join us again. All the best, The Kindling Team

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OT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Truly lovely, thoughtful and creative food, an interesting drinks list and very charming staff.

S
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely brilliant from start to finish! Food gorgeous, service excellent. Would return in a heartbeat

Kindling
Responded on 4 March 2020

Thank you for taking time to review us and we look forward to welcoming you back to Kindling soon!

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RB
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience3

The restaurant looks great and the service we had briefly was superb. Unfortunately the choice for vegetarians was extremely limited so we left after one drink. The waitress was very understanding and explained the seasonal choices but a restaurant (especially in Brighton) surely needs to provide good vegetarian choices.

Kindling
Responded on 4 March 2020

Thank you Richard for your review. I'm sorry you felt that there weren't enough vegetarian options on our menu but I'd like to point out our menu is currently at least 40% vegetarian/vegan so we don't feel this is "extremely limited" for vegetarians. Our concept of being super-seasonal and local means that we don't use imported vegetables. Its a shame you didn't actually try any of our delicious vegetarian dishes and we trust you enjoyed Phil and Amanda's hospitality at Terre a Terre next door.

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CB
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, friendly staff made us feel right at home. We enjoyed the tasting menu. The flavours were delicious and right down to the homemade bread and butter. A fabulous restaurant for any occasion! Thank you team Kindling, we'll be back soon.

Kindling
Responded on 4 March 2020

Thank you Clare for taking the time to review us. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your dining experience at Kindling. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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DM
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second visit to Kindling and equally as good as our first and probably more impressive as we arrived to a full restaurant and tables being 'turned' throughout the evening. Our first visit was only a few days after opening and they were already setting an excellent benchmark but with a full restaurant this time and an all different pressure the standards and experience didn't drop at all.

We received a warm welcome and the conversational hum of a buzzing successful restaurant was evident. The service was personal, engaging and delivered with a smile. The food was excellent and we were delighted the menu had changed since our last visit. Again we had the 'taste of Kindling' menu which was excellent and we struggled to find which course was our favourite - the humble carrot dish was superb and the textures in the leek dish excellent.

We left a review after our first visit and suggested that if Kindling carried on in the same vein it had started it would become a favourite in the Brighton dining scene and based upon our experiences it will be right up there.

The only bit of constructive feedback I can offering is on the background music. On the odd occasion you could hear the background music it stood out as it didn't really reflect the brand or product - but of course this is a subjective matter.

We will be back but only periodically so it remains one of our special / favoured restaurants within Brighton. We'll certainly continue to recommend Kindling to friends.

Kindling
Responded on 18 February 2020

Hey Daniel! Wow, what an epic review. We can't thank you enough for your words - your feedback means the world to us as the only way businesses survive, especially in this industry, is by having people support them. The fact that you're a return customer already says that we are doing what we aim to do - offer an exceptional, personable, and interesting experience. Thank you so much for standing by us - we can't wait to serve you again! All the best and see you soon! The Kindling Team

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JH
West Sussex
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Decadent without pretension.
Friendly staff, beautiful food and good value for money - in my opinion anyways.
Will definitely go back.

Kindling
Responded on 18 February 2020

Hello Jade, We really appreciate your review, thank you so much for your support! You're welcome to join us any time. Kindest regards, The Kindling Team.

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LD
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super cute and very enjoyable, will definitely bring all my international visitors!

Kindling
Responded on 18 February 2020

Hey there Lydia! So glad you enjoyed dining with us! Yes please do, we'd love to have you back any time! Take care 'til then! Kindest regards, The Kindling Team

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KS
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had the valentines set menu and sat at the pass, which we loved. We were treated extremely well by Ray, Philip and the chefs. The food was really tasty and we drank white malbec for the first time, as part of the wine flight, which was really special. Loved the whole evening.

Kindling
Responded on 18 February 2020

Hello Katie! We are so glad to see that you loved your evening here with us, especially on such a special night of the year! It was a pleasure to serve you both and both Ray and Philip send their regards, you guys were great. Thank you for your kind words and we hope to see you again soon! All the best, The Kindling Team

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HD
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was utterly spectacular. Jane and the team were a pleasure and the innovative food and wine combinations, frankly blew us away. Highly recommended.

Kindling
Responded on 18 February 2020

Good afternoon Hannah, So glad to see that you enjoyed your time here with us and received what we believe is what we stand for - high quality and a great time! Very welcome to walk through our doors any time you like. Take care until next time! Kindest regards, The Kindling Team

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JW
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and friendly service! Decent wine list too.

Kindling
Responded on 13 February 2020

Hi there John! Thanks so much for your ratings, a straight 5 must mean we are doing something right! So glad to see you received exactly what it is that we aim for - a passionate and high quality experience here with us at Kindling. Hope to see you again soon! Kindest regards, The Kindling Team

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AG
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food, had the set lunch menu which was delicious & brilliant value. Would definitely return

Kindling
Responded on 11 February 2020

Good morning Alison, Thank you very much for your response, we are so glad to see that you enjoyed your time with us and you're always welcome to come join us! Take care until next time and thanks once again for the support. Kindest regards, The Kindling Team

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CB
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb evening! My new favourite Brighton restaurant. The food was so delicious, really friendly owners and staff, great atmosphere.

Kindling
Responded on 9 February 2020

Hey Claire! Thank you so much for your rating, words of kindness and recommendation! We really appreciate it! Hope to see you again soon! Many thanks, The Kindling Team.

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K
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Food, great venue, lovely staff. Perfect place for foodies who like fine dining without it being pretentious. I think its one of the best eateries in Brighton now, locally sourced food, all wonderfully presented.

Kindling
Responded on 9 February 2020

Good afternoon K111! Thank you so much for your 5 stars and wonderful words, your support and recommendation means the world to us! Hopefully we get to welcome you back through our doors soon for round 2! Kindest regards, The Kindling Team.

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JW
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant gets it right on so many marks - I love their ethos, passion and love for food and produce. Great service, excellent food offerings and a beautiful space. Great job Kindling Team

Kindling
Responded on 9 February 2020

Hey Jo! Thank you so much for your kind words and rating, it was so great to have you! You're welcome here any time and let us know whenever you'd like a table. Many thanks, The Kindling Team.

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LH
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Fresh, inventive and made with love

Kindling
Responded on 5 February 2020

Hi there Lizzie, Thank you so much for your review and ratings, as a new restaurant we really appreciate the positive support! We will hopefully see you again soon and let us know if you'd ever like a table. Kindest regards, The Kindling Team.

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f
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

New place and obviously a few teathing troubles - nothing major but was all a bit confusing with a board of unexplained specials, strange plates (some sharing, some not) on a la carte and a tasting menu (also not explained). We opted for tasting as it was the only thing we could understand and thought we'd get a good range. Food was generally good but no knockout-wow courses.. It's hard to make a leek or a carrot interesting and they showed that! Pairing wines were amazing though and sommelier knew her stuff. Definitely some room for improvement, would maybe try again in a year or so

Kindling
Responded on 5 February 2020

Good afternoon fishfan, As a new up and coming restaurant we are really grateful for all feedback we receive, regardless of tone. We hope that we get to welcome you back sooner rather than later and offer you the seamless service and excellent quality food that we pride ourselves on. We wish you all the best! Kindest regards, The Kindling Team.

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HH
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great new restaurant by Ramin & Jane who really know what they’re doing when it comes to quality both in Service & Food.

Kindling
Responded on 1 February 2020

Good evening Heather, Thank you so much for your ratings and kind words, as a new restaurant this support from you really means the world to us. We would love to welcome you back any time you wish to join us! Kindest regards, The Kindling Team

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SL
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Quiet rainy week day lunch time. Lovely personal service, delicious food. Only complaint was dirty cutlery left on table after starter.

Kindling
Responded on 5 February 2020

Hi Sarah! Thank you very much for your response, as a new restaurant we really appreciate all feedback received. We hope that we get to see you again soon. Kindest regards, The Kindling Team.

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LJ
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

The food was overpriced and frankly, bland. The starter of roasted chicory with apple was so bitter I had the taste in my mouth for the rest of the day. This place is priced about the same as 64 degrees and is nowhere near the quality. We left early and had dessert next door at Terre a Terre. Gave them a feedback form but not holding my breath for a response.

Kindling
Responded on 1 February 2020

Good evening Laura, Thank you for your feedback, we appreciate all responses. I have your feedback form and have emailed you so we can talk at more length about your experience with us. Again thank you very much, as a new restaurant we always are grateful for constructive criticism. Kindest regards, The Kindling Team.

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CK
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food, presented wonderfully & cooked perfectly. Friendly & knowledgeable service.

Kindling
Responded on 1 February 2020

Good evening Claire, Thank you for your kind words and ratings, as an up and coming restaurant in Brighton your support is so appreciated! We hope we get to welcome you back through our doors soon. Kindest regards, The Kindling Team

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CH
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Really enjoyed the evening. We had the tasting menu which was excellent food. Some of us had the wine flight. Couple of minor glitches in service but smoothly managed and overall this was good. Very friendly atmosphere.

Kindling
Responded on 1 February 2020

Good evening Christopher, We really appreciate your response, ratings and comments, thank you so much for supporting us! We hope that we get to welcome you back in the future. Kindest regards, The Kindling Team

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KC
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our welcome and service was top notch, the menu and menu options were explained to us and we chose the bread, baked leeks, the chicory, the old spot pork chop and a side order of fries. Our waitress suggested one more plate which we could have easily eaten but as this was our first visit and we did not know how large/small the plates would be, we stuck with what we had chosen. The food came in two stages and was all delicious. I could of eaten more and would be very interested to opt for the tasting menu next time to see the other options as the price we paid (including a bottle of wine) was similar to the tasting menu due to the high price of the old spot pork chop (for two to share) This was possibly the only slightly disappointing part of the meal as although the pork was good (it was served pink which was clearly explained to us prior to ordering and was not a problem) I felt the price seemed excessive for what we received and personally prefer pork, especially the fat on pork to be cooked a lot more. The restaurant is fine dining and our experience was very good and we will definitely be back for a special occasion.

Kindling
Responded on 1 February 2020

Good evening Kelly, Thank you so much for your response! We really appreciate all the feedback we get and as a new restaurant in Brighton this is really important to us. Our menu changes seasonally so hopefully next time you visit you find we are of the high quality to value standards that we aim for. Thank you once again and we look forward to having you back in the future! Kindest regards, The Kindling Team

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LP
London
5 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and wonderful food! Would highly recommend.

CN
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience2

In a nutshell: pretentious, overpriced and underportioned. It was an hour and half before we received our microscopic main dishes. I advise guests to bring a pair of tweezers and a pipette (for the by-the-glass wine). The crunchy fish bones (a freebee) were disgusting and possibly served with a generous portion of sand. Emperor's new clothes? I started to think we were part of a psychology experiment to test our gullibility. Don't go there unless you like that sort of thing.

F
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and brilliant service, made to feel very special and unhurried. An asset to the Brighton dining scene. Thank you, can’t wait to return. Our new favourite.

JB
London
6 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great edition to the Brighton food scene. Fantastic flavours and presentation. The vegan/vegetarian options were excellent

Kindling
Responded on 1 February 2020

Good evening Jayne, Thank you so much for coming and joining us at Kindling! As we new restaurant we really appreciate your feedback and custom, and are so glad that you had a wonderful time. We hope to see you again soon! Kindest regards, The Kindling Team.

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RA
London
5 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Overall good experience

m
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

we tried the tasting menu to try as many dishes as possible - excellent food and exemplary service we will definitely return

R
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, all at a decent price.
I highly recommend Kindling.

HT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Enjoyed my dinner at Kindling. Was very surprised that the 'Nogroni' (no alcohol) was as expensive as £9! The food was good, but not amazing. The service was a little bit 'try hard' and I felt could have been more relaxed and natural. A nice meal but I wouldn't rush back.

KS
Brighton
6 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, experience and staff 5/5 everyday of the week!

B
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New and the first time but I'd have to say this was the first of many visits. Has a very Scandinavian feel with awesome sharing plates served by knowledgable and enthusiastic staff. It's not cheap but excellent value for money and in a number of the dishes a shoe in for Michelin..............................

CL
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The meal was delicious and the restaurant is brilliant!
They were incredibly accommodating for dietary requirements and considerably eased anxiety around dining out with food intolerances particularly gluten intolerant and coeliac.
I have already booked a table for next month with my family!

MD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a really lovely restaurant - we went for the NYE set menu and we were blown away by the creativity of what we were eating! POTATO FOAM ! Amazing :) We will definitely be back.