Not a new restaurant (about a year old I think) but for any foodie interested members that still read this forum....
Stoofer's a sceptic when it comes to 'fusion' and 'Pan Asian' especially when they guys in the kitchen are British so I pondered eating here many times and again recently following a couple of drinks in their upstairs bar and seeing diners eating outside. It's an interesting place all round with an interesting menu, the courtyard ideal for relaxed lunch on a warm day, on a busy day when the lanes are rammed it's a quiet oasis. I've eaten their pork belly buns from the takeaway cart in the lanes a few times and they are wonderful little things but somehow I doubted the place for a meal, perhaps due to the horrible menu board outside that makes it look like a fast food joint.
Anyway curiosity got the better of us and we dropped in recently one sunny lunch time, tried the dim sum and dumplings, various selections, some sashimi and vegetarian dishes, I also had the Tataki beef. It's very informal, good friendly and knowledeable service, the prices work out on the pricey side as servings are quite small so what appears on the menu to be relatively low cost can mount up to be an average to higher cost if you are not careful but I'd say it's good value. You can keep the cost down, Dim Sum and dumplings are good average price, 3 sets for £9 that's £1 per dumpling or Dim Sum - put into context that's cheaper than places like Wagammama and much the same as Pompoko for dumplings but the product is far far superior.
I have to say the presentation was excellent and the food sublime, a real shock actually. The dim sum and dumplings better than I've had anywhere else in Brighton and perhaps the best I've had in the U.K., the fish was fresh and full of flavour, the beef skirt outstanding, served to perfection with pickles and wasabi salt balance wonderful. Some guys on our next table where having black bream and there were several fried fish dishes that looked excellent.
Will definitely be back and recommend it, I didn't care much for the restaurant ambience so I'd stick with eating outside but that's just personal preference. For this type of food don't be put of by the exterior or it's attempts to be trendy - it puts out food with real substance from
talented chefs IMO
A sign said 50% off on Sunday's, will defo check that out!
StooferEdited: 5:36 am, August 07, 2013