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Riddle and Finns: Definitely the Best Seafood Restaurant in Town

Personally, finding the right restaurant to eat in (except using a 2-4-1 voucher for the local Italian) is a hard task in Brighton. I am quite particular when it comes to spending my money on something which I could have easily of cooked myself for cheaper at home. However, this time round it was my boyfriend’s birthday so I felt more relaxed about pushing the boat out. We both had our eyes on Riddle & Finn’s – a ‘Champagne and Oyster bar’ located in Meeting House Lane (of the South Laines).

It comes highly recommended by foodies and even Gordon Ramsay so we tried it. They don’t take reservations so we turned up at about 7.30 pm on a Tuesday and got a bench at the back of the small restaurant (note, this may not be the best place for an intimate dinner as they tend to ‘share’ the tables and seats with other couples). In the window is a wet fish display, from which you can buy home supplies (much as at the Fishworks chain). The decor is classy, with candles lighting the majority of the room – and stone marble tables give the place an expensive feel. We ordered a bottle of Prosecco for around £30, which was beautiful (if a little over my usual price range!).

The waitress brought over a basket of condiments, freshly baked bread and mackerel pate which are given to each person at £1 per head (very reasonable). My boyfriend decided on Calamari to start which had the softest texture I have ever experienced. After this, the waitress brought over my clam and bacon linguine and my boyfriend’s colossal crab along with Samphire – a type of seaweed, for a side dish. Mine was extremely rich and I couldn’t finish it, despite my heads yearning. I watched on and drank the Prosecco as I watched my usually painfully chatty other half crack and dissect his meal to his heart’s content for the best part of 40 minutes. After he had finished, we sat for a few minutes and collected the bill from a somewhat rushed but friendly waitress.

All in all this was an amazing, and reasonably priced restaurant and comes highly recommended on both mine and my extremely happy boyfriends part. This Riddle & Finns, set up by the people behind a well-regarded brasserie down on Brighton’s beach called Due South, is intended to be the first in a chain along the south coast. Bon appétit!

Boutique and Unique Is the New Restaurant Chic

Lately the news is all about the hottest new boutique food trends. Whether it’s gourmet grass-fed meats or low-cal wraps and exotic flavored fro-yo the chic food trends are less traditional and more about incorporating fresh foods and healthier options into a quick service menu that will please the masses (whose palates are becoming more distinguished by the bite).

We’re moving away from comfort foods to smaller servings, more knowledge about our food from farm- to-table and consumers are responding to the explosion of new and varying options with enthusiasm. Words like “natural,” “organic,” “farm-raised” and “healthy” are spattering menu boards at food trucks, mall carts and restaurants around the nation. What does this all mean? Innovation will make your restaurant shine brightly for those fickle restaurant goers who are fast becoming more eclectic. Other things fueling restaurant prosperity are, you guessed it, more innovation.

Restaurants are building their following through social media pushes on Yelp, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest for food pictures and restaurant sharing and Google+ where patrons can plus ping their favorite restaurant sites and share it with their networks. Fanatics bring your standing to new heights.

At this year’s NRA Show, innovation always takes the front seat not just in vendors sharing their wares, but also in the awards given to top restaurant operators. Three finalists will be honored in five categories surrounding innovation:

1. Sustainability
2. Technology
3. Food Safety
4. Health and Nutrition
5. Menu Development

Innovative thought is one thing. Many of us have brilliant ideas spinning through our heads. But it is the doers who get the brass ring. Here’s a bit of friendly advice from our team to yours as we just went through a stringent initiative to better our online shopping experience for our customers. Oh my, what a process when you have thousands of products serving hundreds of thousands of managers across the United States.

We are ecstatic to say it is done, and what we learned along the way is it all came down to discipline. Our vision was to create an amazing experience for each unique individual, because we know all of your restaurants are unique. Of course, delivering it was a bit more complicated than envisioned. Through perseverance and perspiration we prevailed.

So whatever you do dream. Dream big! The follow through is what defines you. Work with those who are innovators themselves. Support businesses that know your business and who can evolve with you-keeping up with you to sustain your current and fresh innovative spirit.