French bistro Petit Pois serves up affordable French classics in the heart of Brighton

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"Escargot in a Herb Butter, White Wine and Garlic Sauce with Fresh Parsley and Crusty French Bread -Photographed on Hasselblad H3D2-39mb Camera"

French bistro Petit Pois is a recent addition to the Lanes on Ship Street. Offering up a selection of affordable French classics such as steak tartare and creme brûlée, the restaurant prides itself on fresh ingredients and authentic cooking.

Having only opened in the Spring of this year, proprietor Ivana Roy is very proud of what they have achieved so far.

“Guests will discover an elegant environment, passionate and talented chefs, and a caring front of house team”, she says. “Our dishes are presented on the plate like the work of an artist”.

Ship Street is also home to Hotel du Vin, a long established Brighton institution that has pretty much defined French cuisine in the city for the past 15 years.

“Without a doubt Hotel du Vin offers a wonderful dining experience. The difference with us is that we offer a great value menu of dishes cooked to perfection”, she continues. “It means customers have the luxury of being more adventurous in their choices without worrying about their final bill”.

The menu features a wide variety of meat, fish and vegetable dishes including the quintessential gallic dishes of snails in garlic and parsley butter, frogs legs. For the less adventurous there is beef sirloin, cod fillet and a host of vegetarian options. There’s also a small but perfectly formed drinks list featuring wines from small regional vineyards, all of which are available by the glass and bottle.

Alongside the a la carte menu, there is an ever-changing daily specials menu that runs Monday to Friday from lunchtime until 7.30pm with two plates for £9.50 or three plates for £13.50. It makes for a well-priced business lunch for workers in the surrounding offices.

“Ship Street has a lot of potential and is just asking to be discovered”, says Ivana. “Its just a stones throw from the beach and yet so close to the shops and other attractions of the town centre”.

Ivana and her husband, head chef David Roy, have big plans for the future.

“As important as it is to have great tasting food, we also strive to create good memories in our guest’s minds. Our plan is to have a Petit Pois in every town that shares our passion for food and people”.

Petit Pois, 70 Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AE • 01273 911 211

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