Pro vs punter
Does a regular diner reach the same conclusion about a restaurant as a food pro, who may get special treatment if recognised?* Laura Rowe and O reader Rosa Weiberle compare notes on this new south-coast opening
Laura Rowe and Rosa Weiberle compare notes on Etch in Brighton
Cool and unpretentious Etch is the latest addition to Brighton’s thriving restaurant scene. Steven Edwards, one of MasterChef: The Professionals’ youngest winners, has kept it small and intimate at his first restaurant, with 36 covers and an open kitchen. Although offering fine dining, with two weekly-changing tasting menus, Etch has a distinctly casual feel to ensure that the focus is on the food. Steve works with local producers from the surrounding Sussex countryside to pick the freshest seasonal ingredients for his intricate dishes. Expect Sussex Trenchmore beef with charred Hispi cabbage, locally caught scallops with squid crackers, and cherries filled with crème fraîche. Depending on the day, Etch offers four-, six- or eight-course tasting menus for between £40-£60.