etch. Restaurant Hove – By Steven Edwards
At the mention of Etch, the first word that comes to mind is ‘excellence’. And it’s not surprising that this multi award-winning restaurant sparks so much excitement in the avid gourmands amongst us.
In 2019, Etch was the winner of the BRAVO Best restaurant award. They hold three AA Rosettes, a Michelin plate, 5* rating in the Good Food Guide and are 66th in the National Restaurants Association top 100.
The owner and head chef Steven Edwards’ creations have been praised as ‘fault-free’. Which, in an extremely competitive market is a compliment that is seldom given. Back in 2013 at the fresh age of 26, Steven became one of the youngest people to bag 1st place on the 6th series of Master Chef.
The Etch experience
Each dish features only two main ingredients so that these can in themselves be scrutinised, enhanced and celebrated. Unusually no spice is used in the preparation at Etch, not even pepper, instead, the unique flavour of each ingredient is skillfully manipulated and elevated through cooking techniques alone.
Prepare for a tantalising culinary journey
Make sure you’re hungry and have plenty of time to indulge in each course because Etch invites its diners to embark on a two to three-hour experience. Both the lunch and evening menus offer between five and nine courses of the most exquisitely paired ingredients. The seasonally adapted menu means that there is always a tantalising new culinary journey to embark on.
A dining experience like no other
The team behind the cuisine are prided for being professional, informed and friendly. They deliver a dining experience like no other and you can expect the menu to take you on a journey from the tress, to the sea and up to the skies. From rich vegetable truffles, through to delicate fish, poultry, egg, shellfish, meats and cheeses. To chocolate and nuts and then finishing with various varieties and forms of fruit.
Diners can opt-in or out of the wine pairing service which for extra is available alongside the dishes. The chefs can also adapt the menus to cater for most dietary requirements. However, make sure you make them aware of additional needs upon booking.
Historic building near the coast
Set smack bang in the middle of Hove’s main high street, Church Road, and parallel to the sea, Etch found home in the shell of an old grand bank. It’s high ceilings, huge arched windows, contemporary open kitchen and bar are set off beautifully by dark blue walls and tasteful modern art.
There isn’t any dress code, the food is fine dining but the restaurant follows a more informal approach to service. If you’d like to make your evening more special, a chauffeur service is available. Just let the team at Etch know if you’d like one booked for your visit.
Private dining and exclusive events
If you’re looking for somewhere to impress friends or colleagues then you should take advantage of the private dining room. It’s suitable for up to nine people and you’ll even get a private chef and waiter!
You have the option of hiring out the entire venue for larger groups. Understandably, this has been dubbed ‘the ultimate dining experience’ and is ideal for an exclusive event for 10-32 people.