Having been here twice now, I can say that this place (I so want to type 'plaice', ha ha) is one of my favourite restaurants in Brighton, despite its stupid name. The first time I visited was at lunchtime with my parents; my mum and I had a selection of starters and three out of four were superb. The fourth - the crab cakes - we both thought were more like crab paste in texture. The salt and peppers squid is so moreish I could have cried when I finished it, and it was a really generous portion. The mackerel pate was superb. Dad had fish and chips; the batter on the fish was light and not at all greasy, the chips cooked to perfection. A great bottle of white at a bargain £13 finished it off.
I came here again on my birthday. I'd been looking forward to ordering the whole crab, but was told they hadn't been able to catch any that day as the sea was too choppy. Man, I nearly wept. However, I would prefer to hear that than be served food that had been sitting in the freezer, so I plumped for the lemon sole which was exquisite. The service during lunch was attentive without being too attentive, and I liked the fact that all the waiters served us, rather than us having to get the attention of just one. It made things flow efficiently, and whilst I couldn't understand a word that our waiter said on my birthday (seriously, not one word), the food more than made up for it. A lovely setting and I can't wait to go back for some crab on a less windy day!