Whenever I need a large, fun spot for a group of friends or those with children, I book a table at Shelter Hall. Housed in a converted Victorian building right on the seafront, the venue is home to several of Sussex’s most exciting chefs, who’ve each launched a new food concept: think pizzas from Amalfi by the same team behind VIP, Patty Guy by MasterChef winner Kenny Tutt, and great fish and chips from Rybka, which also has a proper chippy on Meeting House Lane. Shelter Hall has a huge al fresco terrace, plus a large programme of live sessions and DJs. Right now, Ivan Orkin – otherwise known as Michelin-starred Ivan Ramen – has a ramen pop-up. Mazemen is a broth-less ramen which has been a staple at Ivan’s Tokyo and NYC outposts. His must-try menu includes triple chicken triple garlic mazemen (fresh garlic, roasted garlic, garlic oil, paitan broth and chicken), and cold sesame noodles (chilled szechuan chicken, roasted peppers, preserved chilli and coriander). The former is so good, I've been back three times to have it.
Kings Road Arches, Brighton, BN1 1NB