A new restaurant to rave about on the seafront scene, the cunning behind The Coal Shed now offers the best of the ocean at The Salt Room…
I’m so excited to be bringing great seafood to Brighton in one of the city’s most spectacular settings!
It would be fair to say that Brighton has a reasonable number of restaurants worth recommending within the hallowed pages of this upstanding organ, so to catch our attention a new opening has to be something a bit special, sates appetites with an edge, and which is a treat for the taste buds… and the other senses too.
On that note, welcome to your new favourite seafood-centric in East Sussex: The Salt Room.
Opened in February by the team behind the award-winning The Coal Shed, this new sister site sits on Brighton’s seafront opposite the West Pier and focuses on serving up the finest fruits de mer imaginable whilst allowing diners uninterrupted sea views through its glass-fronted façade, or outside on its shaded terrace once the mercury rises.
As easy on the eye as the menu is tempting to the tongue, the décor of The Salt Room reflects the nautical flavours that the chef creates, with reclaimed wood and ceramic tiles in natural hues serving to hold up a mirror to rugged coastline it overlooks.
Blessed with a rural chic that’s both sympathetic to the seafront and simultaneously stylish, the airy and open-plan restaurant has seating for 84 covers in the main dining room, 16 at the bar for those who prefer a more informal feast and, Great British weather-permitting, a further 55 on the terrace.
Once you’ve taken your seat, it’s time to deal with the most difficult decision you may have to make that week: what to have. Head Chef, Dave Mothersill, has created a menu that offers a wide selection of sustainably sourced seafood dishes, including impeccably fresh cuttlefish, oysters, lobster, seabass and the restaurant’s signature whole market fish to share cooked over charcoal.
Naturally, because not everyone dining might have the same love for seafood, The Coal Shed’s classic 35 day dry aged Scottish steaks from the North Highlands cooked on the Josper grill will also be making an appearance. As with all the best eateries, seasonality plays a key part in the menu, ensuring regular changing dishes that will have customers coming back for more time and again.
Best Bar None
Located as you enter, for pre- or post-prandial drinks or, as mentioned, for food too, the bar is constructed from charcoal-stained rough softwood with a striking zinc bar top.
Here, a world of innovative cocktails is your oyster, running the whole gamut of sailor’s tipples, Gin & Tonic and Bloody Mary box sections.
Or if only a fine wine will do to set you up for supper, then something from their extensive wine list whilst you sit wait for a table will more than suffice.
Owned by Razak Helalat, who opened the Coal Shed almost four years ago, quickly making a name for itself for serving the best steaks in town, Raz has teamed up with Dariush Tamadon-Nejad, previously Group Manager of Restaurants Etc Ltd (Mark Hix), to act as General Manager of both The Coal Shed and The Salt Room.
Offering peerless coastal views, the freshest of fish and excellent service, The Salt Room will be winning its own awards soon and is a bound to become one of the new stars on Brighton’s eating out scene.