Our visit was in August 2009 - we found the food brilliantly fresh!
Try the Seafood Platter for an obvious choice of huge range of seafood, freshly caught, along with salad, sauce and yummy avocado.
Baked trout with almonds was very tasty, as were the starters of fish soup and the classic prawn cocktail!
Definitely worth trying.
Located down the lanes before Moshi Moshi, this cute restaurant attracted my friend & me with their sign for afternoon tea.
Incredibly poor. I'm not sure if it's because they knew we're American or because our waitress was just having a bad day, but she was very abrupt, rude, dismissive, & unhelpful.
Pretty expensive with tiny portions. But hey, Americans are fatasses right? Still, it's around 8 pounds for 6 baked green mussels. You do the math. Mussels shouldn't ever be that expensive. You can pick them off a dock for goodness sakes!!
We ordered afternoon tea for tea. Waitress brings out one tea pot, one tea saucer & teacup, sugar, & one scone with two ramekins of butter & jam. One teacup for two people? Interesting. Requested for another teacup. Waitress gives us an odd look as if we weren't speaking her native English. I know we're Asian, but come on. Californian English isn't difficult to understand. There are two of us, we'd both like to enjoy some afternoon tea, bring out two of everything. The waitress informs us that the large pot of tea she just brought out is fit enough for one person. Are you serious? Because one person drinks that much tea in an afternoon while having a late lunch? 'kay. Waitress brings out another teacup & ANOTHER teapot. Why we couldn't share the teapot baffles me. Had to ask her for a scone because she didn't bring me one.
Table next to us got one large teapot, two saucers + teacups, & a plate of 4 scones. I kid you not, 4 mother effin' scones! We got 2. What is this? We paid exactly as much as they did & got less....just way more tea than our bladders could handle.
Sat outdoors. Don't know what the inside looks like, but it was a beautiful sunny day in Brighton. If you don't mind the random on-lookers, it's an adorable area to have your afternoon tea. Too bad they probably hate you.
What is it about the upper end of Market Street? What with Il Bistro, which is abysmal, to the rather pathetic Little Shop Deli a couple of doors down, the only food of quality seems to be at the Market Inn, as D'Arcy's just adds to the wave of terrible quality that seems to run down this road. Poor service, terrible food, and horribly pokey: give it a miss.
As another reviewer notes, D'Arcy starts off badly by looking quite upmarket. Everything is quite expensive, the menu looks to be quite posh... It couldn't be more the opposite inside. The food is very poorly made, and everything I had was cold. For a place that charges extra for veg, I was shocked by the lousy selection and the amount of water in the bowl: this is dreadful stuff. Not even half worth the price. This is combined with awful service, unfriendly and snooty waiters offering warm beer and little friendly advice.
I don't want to go on about how awful this place is: I think the above covers it. Just don't go, let someone else shell over the cash for this diabolical attempt at a restaurant. For similar prices and better food, head over to La Fourchette on Western Road, or L'Eglise in Hove, as both of these can back up their prices with exceptional food. Alternatively, if you want good food without the price, Cafe Rouge, Pizza Express, Gars and Food for Friends are just across the square at the end of the road. Just don't eat at D'Arcys.
D'arcys is another seafood restaurant in the Lanes, its menu selection and prices imply its at the higher end of the market so we arranged to go there for my sisters birthday as a treat. It was not an enjoyable experience. The staff were unfriendly and unhelpful, the food was mediocre and overpriced and restaurant was nearly empty on a Friday night... concerning for such a centrally located restaurant.
I would not advise D'arcy's I'm afraid, too many issues that contribute to a bad time had by all.
Darcy's is a great seafood restaurant down in the heart of the Lanes (the proper Lanes) that has the merit of being not just very good but not too expensive either. It's a place for those seafood classics and the food is all served up in a traditional way, in a basic but pleasant environment. Dressed crabs, potted shrimps, lobsters, fish dishes of all kinds. This is a great place for lunch and dinner.
D'arcys is one of a few v.posh seafood restaurants in the Lanes. It has a bad rep for being over priced and pretty terrible all round but I have to say my experience was actually ok. We had the Seabass and the crab salad, both were perfectly ok and suited the price tag. The service could have been better but it was a sunny day in Brighton so the establishment was packed to the rafter. If you a seafood lover I would suggest checking this place out for yourself.
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