Taste underwater food at Sealife Brighton

DINER can travel “under the sea” this summer at the city’s Sealife Aquarium in an immersive experience created by Executive Chef Caspian Armani.

As part of the Bite Sussex bank holiday food and drink festival in August, Isaac At’s Executive Chef Caspian Armani will be serving a five course meal using locally sourced produce including sustainably caught seafood from Brighton and Newhaven Fish Sales in the Portslade Basin.

For one night only on Wednesday, August 24, guests will journey through the aquarium – from the Victorian Arcade to the Rainforest Adventure via the Ocean Tank’s underwater tunnel – and enjoy dishes such as:

l Oysters with sea herbs and coal oil

l Crispy plaice with foam peas

l Tropical Surprise with Smoked Mackerel and Nutbourne Tomato Salad

l Crab brioche rolls with crispy chicken skin

l Sussex apple sorbet with sparkling vanilla sauce and crumble.

The Isaac At team works with Sussex producers to ensure menus are hyper local, using the finest ingredients sourced from small farms and foragers.

“We work intuitively with the seasons and in tune with the local environment,” says Caspian.

“It takes a lot of commitment and responsibility to maintain the sustainability of the complex ecosystem that we have so boldly built our business around.”

The main sponsor of the event is Brighton and Newhaven Fish Sales (BNFS), based in the Portslade Basin.

“This event is a fantastic opportunity to showcase a variety of seasonal local species that we have on the Sussex coast,” said BNFS’ Kier Foster.

“Consumers and restaurants can rest assured that local businesses like us fish responsibly and sustainably, delivering the highest quality seafood.”

Each course is paired with wine, beer and spirits from some of Sussex’s best known producers including Brighton Gin, MDTEA, Wiston Estate, Stopham Estate, Bolney Wine Estate, Brighton Beer, Arrowtown Drinks, Dedbest Distillery, Boho Gelato, Wobblegate and Slake Spirits.

Caspian said: “I enjoyed my first visit to Sealife Brighton in Spring. I shared some photos online that Nick Mosley saw from Bite Sussex. He asked if I would like to do something fun there.

“From that point the plans have been implemented with the help of the brilliant Sealife team.

“To do an event in the aquarium is an absolute dream for me.

“I feel incredibly honored and humbled to be part of the amazing network of hospitality and tourism businesses in the region that have made this event possible.”

Sealife Brighton General Manager Neil Harris is delighted to be hosting the event, not only to showcase the aquarium but also to highlight the company’s broader commitment to marine conservation.

“By hosting this unique event in the oldest aquarium in the world, we are able to offer our guests a whole new level of immersion in what we are all about here at Sealife Brighton,” he said.

“We love inspiring our guests to take care of our oceans and that encompasses all aspects of sustainability and our own conservation work.

“Hosting this event will support our ongoing efforts and raise funds for our charity partner, the Sealife Trust, which has a vision for our oceans to be healthy, adequately protected and teeming with diverse life.

“The Trust advocates for the need for plastic-free oceans and an end to the over-exploitation of marine life through our global projects and campaigns and in our marine wildlife sanctuaries, including the world’s first beluga whale sanctuary in Iceland.”

Bite Sussex hosts a range of events over the bank holiday weekend including a cocktail and canapés party at the Brighton Toy Museum, a farm takeover at Brighton Bier Brewery, a sustainable Sussex night with Slake Spirits in Worthing and the Brighton Cocktail Weekender at partner bars across the way the town.

Many Bite partners will also open their doors for touring and masterclasses.

“One-off events like this are at the heart of what we do at Bite Sussex,” said festival director Nick Mosley.

“We bring local food, beverage and hospitality companies together to create inventive and exciting collaborations that push the boundaries of hospitality.

“It is an unforgettable and entertaining experience not only for our guests but also for all professionals


“In addition to our core goals of promoting and celebrating local and sustainable products, raising funds for the valuable work of the Sealife Trust is an added bonus.”

Limited tickets cost £57.50 including five courses and matching drinks and are available online at www.isaac-at.com.

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