Food Things to Try in Brighton and Sussex in 2016
Join us on our journey as we discover the culinary highlights of the Brighton and Sussex dining scene as we bring you an ever growing list of food experiences to try in Brighton and Sussex. The featured food items are in no particular order as they’re all worth a try!
1. The Set Menu at 24 St Georges
24 St Georges in Kemptown village, owned by Jamie Everton-Jones, is one of Brighton’s most reputable restaurants. The set menus offer a good overview of their exemplary culinary skills. There’s a daily menu du jour Tuesday to Thursday evenings and Saturday lunch, a table d’hôte menu available every day and a seasonal tasting menu, in addition to the à la carte. Great value, a strong recommendation. Review.
2. Award winning burgers at Coggings & Co
The burgers at Coggings & Co are some of the best in the city. The meat comes direct from Redlands Farm in Horam and is freshly ground every day. Toppings are tasty and innovative, such as mushroom tapenade, Harvey’s rarebit and English mustard mayo. The restaurant’s sustainability credentials are also top notch – this is guilt-free dining at its finest. Review.
3. Sunday Sharing Platter At The Coal Shed
Sunday roasts are a competitive business in Brighton and so the pressure’s on to create one that’s truly standout. The Coal Shed really pull out the stops with their show-stopping sharing roast at £30.00 for two people. There’s always the option of 500g of 35-day dry-aged roast sirloin of beef with roast potatoes, glazed heritage carrots, seasonal greens, giant Yorkshire puddings and beef gravy or the sharing roast of the week. This is one of the best meals to linger over in the city. Review.
4. Beachside Takeaway With Deliveroo
The every so popular Brighton home delivery company Deliveroo has now come up with another genius idea – restaurant food being delivered to you on the beach. Deliveroo has teamed up with a number of Brighton and Hove Restaurants, many of which are recommended by Restaurants Brighton, to deliver restaurant quality food to the comfort of your own home. Now you can leave your beach picnic at home and order your favourite menu to be delivered to the area of the beach where you are sitting. Your driver will notify you when they have arrived, and all you need to do is spot him and go and pick up your food. Genius idea for when the weather is looking good!
5. South Downs Views At The Shepherd & Dog
If you’re looking for a city escape one weekend, then the Shepherd & Dog pub in Fulking is in a close, but further away position to feel like you’re in the middle of the countryside and a perfect destination to escape. With a number of walking tracks situated around the pub, all with stunning views over the picturesque South Downs, you can work yourself up an appetite before planting yourself on an outdoor bench and enjoy a large glass of chilled wine with a delicious meal and a view. Review.
6. Alfresco Dining At The Salt Room
You can imagine the excitement around Brighton when the famous steak restaurant, the Coal Shed, announced they were opening a seafood restaurant on Kings Road, overlooking the sea. The Salt Room serves fresh, locally caught seafood alongside innovative cocktails, a wide range of gins and champagnes. During the warmer months they open their front terrace to diners where you can enjoy a platter topped with fruits of the sea alongside chilled champagne and icy cocktails – what a fabulous and very Brighton way to spend your afternoon… Review.
7. Cocktails At The Oki Bar
Most fish and sushi fans will have eaten at Oki-Nami but the food isn’t just the only reason to visit. Check out the fab little cocktail bar upstairs, if you don’t already know about it. With balcony views across the Pavilion Gardens, the modern bar is a great spot for people watching while you sip on one of their classic or bespoke cocktails or their Japanese beers, spirits and wine. Photography by xdbphotography
8. Takeaway From The Chilli Pickle Canteen
Sometimes we want restaurant quality food in the comfort of our own homes. The Chilli Pickle’s takeaway service does so well. Choose from one of their impressive Grand Thalis, Railway Trays, Biryani Sets, curries, side dishes and snacks and prepare to be wowed by the high standard of food. Review.
9. The Whole Menu At 64 Degrees
This ‘open kitchen restaurant’ is one of Brighton’s most exciting foodie destinations. Described by The Guardian as “food-wise, the most exciting thing to hit Brighton for years, if not ever,” 64 Degrees has gone from strength to strength and is now one of Square Meal’s top 100 restaurants in the UK. Order as many plates as you can afford, share the smallish dishes tapas-style and savour the stunning presentation and innovative flavour combinations. Review.
10. Dry Aged Beef At The Restaurant at Drakes
If you’re a steak fan there are few tastier options in our city than this. At Drakes the beef is sourced from farmer Dean Timpson and is so good it’s one of the staple dishes on the menu that diners return for, time and again. This is the epitome of fantastic beef expertly prepared – tender and moist with a rich, deep flavour. Review.
11. Afternoon Tea at Browns
For an elegant experience, the afternoon tea at Brown’s is well worth a try. For a reasonable £12pp you get a selection of finger sandwiches including lobster mixed with sea herb mayonnaise, fruit and plain scones, clotted cream, strawberry jam, mini desserts and a pot of tea. For £16 you can also have a glass of Henrick’s gin and Fever-Tree Tonic or it’s £17 for a champagne cream tea.
12. Chinese Fine Dining At Gars
It’s little wonder Gars has been in business since 1983; the stylish contemporary Chinese food keeps customers coming back for more. The main a la carte menu has a wide range of choices, encompassing traditional favourites such as prawn toast, to more modern dishes with a twist, like the carpaccio of beef with chilli and sesame oil dressing. At lunchtimes there’s a deliciously light and innovative new dim sum menu too. Review.
13. Fish Afternoon Tea at the Grand
Most people think of dainty scones, cucumber sandwiches and pots of tea when they think of an afternoon tea. Executive chef, Alan White at GB1 Seafood Restaurant has broken from tradition and is serving a gourmet seafood savoury afternoon tea every day. Complete with salted scone with treacle cured salmon and caviar, smoked salmon sandwiches and a seafood platter sourced locally from Newhaven fisheries, this is a perfect afternoon treat. Review.
14. Bibimbap at Binari’s
Korean food is a relatively unknown cuisine for many people, and there a only a small handful of places to sample it in Brighton. Binari is owned by Korean chef Mr Lee who is extremely passionate and knowledgeable with all things Korean food. Bimimbap is one of Korea’s most well known dishes – traditionally served with rice, then your choice of protein, pickled veg, fresh veg and a sauce, which you mix altogether in a bowl. Binari’s bimimbap is definitely one of the best and we highly recommend you check it out this year. Review.
15. Tapas at Rootcandi
For anyone that believes vegetarian is all lentils, brussel sprouts and broccoli – they need to come back down to mother nature’s earth and visit a quaint new tapas place called; Rootcandi. The newest addition to the buzzing Brighton’s vegetarian scene, Rootcandi is a plant-based, vegan restaurant with out of this world flavours and textures. 18 of the 24 tapas dishes gluten-free, and Rootcandi are aiming to increase this number as they develop the menu. Here is Carissa’s review for Rootcandi.
16. Cocktails At 1847
The well known vegetarian restaurant 1847 has come to Brighton, and has been welcomed with open arms. The menu consists of fresh and innovative vegetarian and vegan food with plenty of gluten free offerings too. Their beautifully refurbished venue on North Street in Brighton’s North Laine has a cocktail bar in the basement called Dandelion serving botanical based cocktails in it’s swanky setting. Great for after work, or a pre night out drink!
17. Al Calzone At Al Duomo
Who doesn’t enjoy a springy dough filled with cheese, meat, herbs and pizza toppings? The Al Calzone at Al Duomo is made using hand stretched dough, tomato, salami, ham, peppers, mushrooms and oregano and then stone baked at a hot temperature until the insides are gooey. The ultimate beer food to enjoy on their summer terrace with an iced cold drink in your hand…
18. No 32 Classic Burger
Eat – Drink – Dance and enjoy the winning combination of bacon, monterey jack, relish, pickles, served with fries with No 32’s Classic Burger. After 20 years, Ben Samandi decided he needed a change. As owner of Havana, one of Brighton’s gastronomic institutions, he wanted to create something different and new, but more importantly, somewhere that was unique to Brighton. No. 32 is definitely a venue with a difference and the result is a restaurant, a bar and a late night club venue all combined into one. 32 Duke Street is a venue where you can eat, drink and dance and try their outstanding Classic Burger! One for your list of food things to do in Brighton 2016.
19. Macaroons At Julien Plumart
Life couldn’t be sweeter for the French pastry chef Julien Plumart. As the owner of two popular cafés, he’s built a loyal following of people who can’t get enough of his superb cakes, tarts and pastries. His delectable, brightly coloured macaroons are an unmissable experience. Notable flavours include salted caramel; Mojito; pistachio or 70% guanaja dark chocolate and chocolate chips. One bite and you’ll be hooked! Review.
20. Sourdough Pizza At Morelli Zorelli
Many true pizza fans will say that pizza is at it’s absolute best when served straight out of the oven and not covered into a box. At Morelli Zorelli’s they have a number of dine in seats so you can enjoy your pizza as soon as it is has been cooked, or a speedy takeaway and delivery service if you would prefer to enjoy the pizza from the comfort of your own home. Using a traditional starter from Italy, Morelli’s dough comes hand stretched, puffy and slightly charred from the stone oven, topped with gourmet Italian ingredients – what more do you want? Review.
21. Lunch And Spa At The Glass House/ Wickwoods
Have you ever felt like getting away, close to home that will give you an ultimate city escape? The Glass House Restaurant at Wickwoods Country Club and Spa is a gorgeous setting where you can sit and have an exquisite lunch in their Glass House unique dining environment. Before, or after lunch you can indulge in their onsite spa with a relaxing treatment that’ll make you feel like you’ve been on holiday for a week… Stroll around the lush green gardens to finish off a perfect day. Review.
22. The Roast Tatties At The Jolly Poacher
Everything about the roasts at the Jolly Poacher get rave reviews but we reckon the potatoes should get a special thumbs up of their own. Crunchy on the outside, fluffy inside – two clear signs they’re cooked fresh and not re-heated. It’s amazing how few places get roast potatoes just right but here they’re a dead cert. Review.
23. Brunch Dosa At The Eastern Eye
There are not many places in Brighton to find a traditional Indian Dosa pancake and we have managed to source one of the best. Made from lentils and rice soaked overnight then ground in Eastern Eye’s stone grinder imported from India to resemble a silky batter, these pancakes are then smoothed out onto a hot plate and stuffed with spicy potatoes and served crunchy and soft to your table with a warming, lentil curry gravy on the side. A traditional Indian breakfast – what a brilliant way to start your day. Review.
24. Foraged Specialities at The Chimney House
Passion and finesse is what is felt at The Chimney House, where Head Chef Charlie likes to forage as many ingredients as possible for inspiration for his dishes. You will expect to find locally sourced seasonal produce, alongside seasonal foraged ingredients that you may never try anywhere else. A truly unique dining experience, that is a must try in the summer months. Review.
25. Ethical Chicken at H.en Restaurant
H.en is Brighton’s first local, happy and high welfare chicken restaurant; using natural produce and an ethical approach to business. H.en (Happy. Eat. Natural) offers a simple menu, choose between a quarter or half chicken (grilled or fried) or burger and add sides as you wish. These include sweet potato fries, coleslaw, sauerkraut and aromatic rice. It may seem similar to a very well known high street chicken restaurant but it’s worlds away in taste…
26. A Piada At Eatalio
Have you ever heard of a Piada? We hadn’t until recently, when Italian street food cafe, Eatalio opened it’s doors on Queens Road late spring. It’s an Italian style wrap, served with your choice of meat, salad and dressings and the Eatalio staff are there to guide you along the way. Packed with fresh ingredients, healthy and filling, it’s a perfect quick lunch for you to grab on the go and take to the station or the beach. Review.
27. Dexter Beef At Busby And Wilds
This gastro pub may well be tucked away on a quiet Kemptown street but it’s a venue that’s well and truly on the foodie map. The Sunday roasts at Busby and Wilds are considered some of the best in the city. If you’re a red meat eater, the Dexter beef is a winner – served pink and moist, oozing with flavour. Review.
28. Sunday Brunch At Bistro Du Vin
Sometimes it’s nice to enjoy brunch with a little more elegance than your usual greasy spoon. Bistro Du Vin, located on the beach end of Ship Street, is a lovely place to wake up to on your Sunday morning for brunch. You can either choose to have full continental breakfast made up of cereals, fruits and pastries, or go for the cooked breakfast option which includes everything from the country table, and unique and elegant cooked dishes that will feel that little bit extra special for your splash out brunch. Review.
29. Breakfast At The Breakfast Club
Brighton loves a bit of brunch, and that’s what the London company The Breakfast Club were thinking when they opened up their Brighton branch in the centre of Brighton’s Lanes. Think Miami Vice and art deco interior, served up with funky beats and American style breakfasts, this place is the ultimate summer hangout for a boozy (or not boozy) weekend brunch. Expect to see Huevos Rancheros, alongside thick, stacked American pancakes all to marry up with a strong house created cocktail (or mocktail) of your choice. You can sit in their wide open windows at the front, or bright yellow seating outside. Review.
30. Private Wine Tastings at Ten Green Bottles
Opening in 2010, Ten Green Bottles has quickly become to the go-to destination for those who love a great quality glass (or two) of wine served by the most knowledgable team in town. Do you want to find out more about wine in a relaxed environment? Ten Green Bottles are the Brighton wine experts and they offer a variety of different wine tasting events to choose from including their cheese and wine challenge, their wine challenge, sparkling wine tasting and much more. Here’s is their events list with prices starting at £30 per head for a minimum of 2 – 3 people.
31. The Salad Box At Eat Naked
Health food has taken off lately in Brighton, with juice bars and healthy cafes opening up all over the place. Eat Naked has been opened by Master Chef finalist, Stacie Stewart, who has a passion for guilt free, healthy eating, that is always sugar, wheat, and sometimes dairy free. The Eat Naked Salad boxes are a fantastic lunch option, with salads changing daily along with your choice of protein – whether it is meat or veg. An excellent choice to take down to the beach, located in the heart of Brighton’s Lanes, and a much better alternative to the abundance of fried options by the sea. Review.
32. Burger And Lobster Night At Grow 40
A burger and lobster combination is something of a revelation, which is why we were excited when the newly opened Grow 40 announced their burger and lobster night – every Thursday evening. With a warming decor, outdoor benches and a rooftop terrace, Grow 40 is a fabulous place to spend your Thursday summer evening indulging in burgers, lobsters and champagne – why not? Review.
33. Signature Steaks At The House Restaurant
The House Restaurant in Brighton’s Lanes serves uniquely created signature steak dishes that keep regulars coming back to try their new creations again and again. They have a lovely outdoor seating area, which is great for people watching and dining in the warmer months. This summer you could try their signature steak – The Steak Benedict – topped with crispy black pudding, rashes of pancetta, a free range poached egg and jus. Review.
34. Tapas At Agua Dulce
Owner Carlo and his family are originally from Almeria, Spain, where they owned their own Spanish restaurant by the beach. This is a good sign for Spanish food in Brighton, where you can spend your evening sharing tapas, enjoying authentic Spanish wine and possibly watching a Flamenco performance too. Offering a range of Southern Spanish tapas alongside fresh seafood, vegetarian and seafood paellas, there’s every reason to make Agua Dulce an exciting evening destination soon. Review.
35. A Food Journey Through America At The New Club
The New Club have established themselves very well at the bottom of Preston Street as a trendy NY style diner serving fresh and tasty American style food. Their menu is mainly influenced by Southern Californian dishes that are innovative, delicious and make you want to keep on going back for more. You can sit out on their front terrace and look out over the sea, while sharing small or large plates from their inspiring menu that changes with the season. Review.
36. Drop in for a glass of champagne at Blanch House
Blanch House is a hotel and private dining venue tucked away in Kemptown, just a short walk from the seafront. Knock on the door and you’ll be warmly greeted and led through to an intimate champagne and cocktail bar where the music is low and the drinks are expertly mixed. Their champagne of choice is Perrier Jouet and they have even named a suite after this favourite bubbly! If you’re looking for a relaxed environment away from the bustle of the inner city bars then we suggest you head straight to Blanch…
37. Tikka Masala Since 1987 – Nooris On Ship St
Since 1987 Nooris has been serving Brighton British Indian classics, including one of the most popular dishes at the restaurant the Tikka Masala. Some say their tikka masala is among the best in town, and the restaurant provides a lovely bright and airy setting to enjoy with friends. It’s certainly up there in the places that we would recommend to try in 2016.
38. A Galette At The Creperie
The Creperie has secured themselves a prime location on Kings Road, right next to the busy Brighton seafront. It’s light, modern interior makes it a cool place to take a break and enjoy one of their savoury galettes as a light lunch. You can choose from a range of different fillings, all prepared by ex Food For Friends head chef, Karen and then made to order by the friendly staff at the counter. Even better, the galettes are gluten free! They serve Small Batch coffee and also have a liquor license, so an excellent place morning, day or night. Review.
39. Indian Street Food At The Curry Leaf Cafe/ The Temple Bar
In Spring 2015 the newly renovated Temple Bar welcomed the chefs from the Curry Leaf Cafe into it’s kitchen and started serving modern Indian food to the good people of Brighton and Hove. The emphasis of The Temple Bar menu is on sharing with friends and family rather than conventional two- and three-course meals, and there’s a delicious, cooling craft beer to match every dish, from our Masala-spiced fish and chips to the fiery pork vindaloo curry recently added to the menu.
40. Cauliflower Steak at Silo
As a fairly recent addition to Brighton’s thriving food scene, Silo has made massive waves so far with it’s zero waste concept and unique dining scene. They have their very own compost machine in store for all waste, plates made out of recycled carrier bags, and their own flour mill for milling ancient grains for the home made bread. The menu consists of usually 5 different options – Plant, Dairy, Fish, Meat and Wild and one of our favourites is the cauliflower steak as the plant option which is literally that – a thick roasted slice of cauliflower served with sprouted lentils and caramelised onion. Definitely something you need to try this year. Review.
41. Beef Wellington At Baloos
Baloos is located North West of Hassocks, in Woodmancote, West Sussex. They provide a beautiful dining setting, with alfresco seating and close distance to the South Downs for you to have a stroll before your meal. The Beef Wellington is something that Baloos are particularly proud of, with their crispy puff pastry, and blushing pink centre, it’s a gorgeous accompaniment to a large glass of wine on a sunny afternoon. Review.
42. Rotisserie Chicken At Crafty Chooks
Chicken cooked on a rotisserie grill always tastes delicious if it’s been well prepared and the meat’s good quality. At Crafty Chooks they flavour the free-range meat in their own speciality rub before popping it on the grill. You can then choose one of their three sauces to accompany the chicken: smoky BBQ, lemon tarragon béarnaise or piri piri. There’s a fantastic range of starters, salads and boards, sandwiches, other main courses, side dishes that include their popular triple-cooked chips and a decent selection of wines and craft beers. This is a good destination for all occasions. Review.
43. Eggs Benedict At V&H Café
A decent eggs benedict is a balancing act. The poached eggs must be perfectly cooked so that the yoke is runny but the white is firm for balancing atop the muffins; the hollandaise sauce needs to be expertly cooked and of just the right consistency and flavour, and the ham or bacon of the highest quality possible. All of this is guaranteed at V&H café, where the gluten free muffins are sourced from the Sussex Bread Company, the sauce is creamy but with a hint of lemony acidity and the accompanying poached ham is sweet and salty but not too much. At V&H the owners really care about their customers and it shows. Review.
44. The Gecko at Burger Kult
Based at the Mash Tun pub, Burger Kult has become a Brighton institution. At RB we’d choose the The Gecko; a ground chuck steak burger with chopped chorizo, griddled chillies, piquillo peppers and melting Monteray Jack cheese – topped with The Burger Kult’s own chipotle and orange BBQ sauce, shredded butter lettuce, plum tomatoes, red onion and Sriracha mayo. Meaty, smoky, cheesy and spicy – an irresistible combination! Review.
45. Perch At The Bar At Market Restaurant
Formally Brighton’s well known restaurant, Graze – Market Restaurant has been revamped and redesigned to bring you more of an informal dining experience that is both interactive and unique. Our favourite spot is to perch at the bar where you can see the chefs at work, and order from the four sections of the menu, all containing a range of sharing plates from the four main areas you will find in a market. Definitely one to check out in 2016, we highly you recommend you head there soon! Review.
46. Seafront Brunch at the Bucket & Spade Cafe
We know the months when the rain is horizontal and the sea is raging might mean the sea is not the first place to head to for a seafront brunch, although once you have been to the cosy little Bucket and Spade Cafe you might beg to differ. Located by the kids playground near the bandstand, there is plenty of indoor seating to watch the wildness outside, and plenty of outdoor seating to enjoy your brunch in the warmer months. The menu includes affordable brunch classics, along with a lovely range of light lunches as well. Review.
47. Experiential Dining at Isaacs
Isaac At is a brand new dining concept brought to Brighton in 2015 which we certainly recommend trying this year. Only open on Friday and Saturday evenings for a 3 course set menu created by passionate chef Isaac – this is a unique and different dining experience that is perfect for a special occasion. With communal seating, a seasonal menu with one dish that changes each week, flexibility with dietary requirements, and great value – this is someone you should definitely add to your restaurant list in 2016. Review.
48. Award Winning Breakfasts At Joe’s Cafe
As winner of the best cafe and runner up best breakfast in the 2015 Brighton and Hove Food and Drink awards – Joes’ Cafe has been put on the map with favourite brunch spots in Brighton. Tucked away on Upper Hamilton Road in Seven Dials, Joe’s Cafe has been a local secret until now and we can see why. The menu includes a range of different breakfast and brunch classics, all locally sourced and cooked with obvious passion and care. They have something for all dietary requirements including vegetarian and vegan options, gluten free bread and sausages and a kids menu too. Expect a wait in the weekends – but it’s worth it! Review.
49. Parisian Style Steaks Chez New Steine Bistro
Located just off the square at the New Steine part of Kemptown, the New Steine is a Parisian style bistro offering classic and un-pretentious French and British inspired dishes. Their signature dish is the Sirloin Steak cooked Parisian style, and is absolutely delicious in our opinion. Certainly one to add to your steak list for 2016. Review.
50. Vegetarian Feast Night at Limes of Lindfield
Limes is a well known restaurant located in Lindfield, which is around a 5 -1 10 mins drive from Haywards Heath. usually serving modern British cuisine, in a formal but relaxed setting, one Thursday every month head chef Patcharee holds a vegetarian and gluten free tasting which we highly recommend trying out. With over 11 different dishes, and four courses matched with specific wines, the food is Thai influenced and should allow even the more adventurous diners to try combinations they haven’t tried before. At only £35 (including wines) we definitely recommend putting this in the diary for at least one month in 2016. Review.
51. Jamie’s Italian – The Ultimate Plank To Share
A partnership between Jamie Oliver and his Italian mentor – Gennaro Contaldo has won thousands of fans all over the UK with their affordable Italian food and charming service. Jamie’s Italian is as popular as ever, and you will find the restaurant situated on Black Lion street in the heart of Brighton’s Lanes. Jamie’s Ultimate Sharing Plank is a Restaurants Brighton favourite – it includes artisan meats, pates, vegetables, cheeses, pickles and salad, and at under £15, it’s a perfect dish to share with friends before a night out. Review.
52. Hove Place – Bistro Pub Dining in Hove’s Favourite Pub And Beer Garden
We all love a good beer garden in the summer, and a heated one in the winter is a plus too. Hove Place is situated on First Avenue has a gorgeous Italian style beer garden out the back fit with plants and statues and large heaters for the cooler evenings too. They have an ever changing, seasonal menu created by head chef Phil Bartley, with pub or bistro style dishes depending on the occasion. We enjoy their charcuterie and cheese boards which you can create yourself from any of the house cured or locally sourced meats and cheeses from the menu. Review.
53. The Coach House – Moules Frites
The Coach House is one of Brighton’s hidden secrets, tucked away on Middle Street in Brighton’s Lanes. Serving bistro style food in a relaxed and informal setting, it’s a great place to head for a week night meal, or a special occasion too. We recommend their moules frites in their sun terrace with a glass of chilled wine – if you head down there between 5 and 7pm Sunday to Friday it’s happy hour on selected beers and wines. Perfect. Review.
54. Champagne & Oysters at Riddle & Finns
Everyone likes to indulge sometimes, and what better way to do it than treat yourself to some champagne and oysters at one of Brighton’s longest standing seafood restaurants? Riddle and Fins has two restaurants – one on Meeting House Lane, in Brighton’s Lanes, and the other in a brilliant spot on the seafront perfect for some alfresco dining in the summer time, or candlelit dinner in the winter to watch the waves crashing on the shore. The original venue in the Lanes is traditionally a champagne and oyster bar where you can treat yourself post shopping to an indulgent delight. We certainly recommend it if you haven’t already. Review.
55. Rosti at Terre A Terre
One of our most favourite long standing restaurants in Brighton is the long standing Terre a Terre – a vegetarian restaurant in Brighton’s Lanes. Terre a Terre create unique and innovative dishes that change regularly depending what is in season and have something for everyone – even the meat eaters shouldn’t feel like they are missing out. One of their signature dishes is the rosti which they usually have a couple to choose from. It’s a thick shredded potato pancake with various toppings that we highly recommend. All rostis have a gluten free option, and a vegan option too. Review.
56. Innovative Thai at Cafe Chilli
Cafe Chilli, formally the well loved Green Mango on Church Road in Hove, recently revamped and redesigned to bring us in Brighton the current trend in Bangkok right now – fusion Thai food. Created by Thai born chef and still using authentic Thai ingredients but with a unique twist, you will find some of your favourite classics served alongside Thai flavoured burgers or spaghetti. Definitely one to try out this year for something different. Review.
57. Perfect Pies At The Better Half Pub
The Better Half is another recently re-furbed venue, this time in the heart of Hove and we love it here at Restaurants Brighton. The pub has traditional furnishings with a modern twist, and a small lovely beer garden out the back for the warmer months. The food has been impressing foodies all over Brighton since opening, and there is no exception made here for their home made pies with slow cooked meat or delectable vegetarian fillings. Review.
58. Gourmet Fish And Chips At Fish Liquor
If you are looking for good fish and chips on the Brighton seafront, it can be hard to find. Fish and Liquor opened up earlier 2015, and is serving your favourite fish and chips dishes with traditional flavours but with a retro, gourmet, and modern twist. The restaurant is decked out with comic book style interior and has many tables out the front looking over the seafront for busy people watching lunchtimes in the summer months. One to check out this summer for sure. Review.
59. A Sundowner at OhSo
If you’ve ever been to Brighton you know that in the summer months, sitting on the beach watching the sunset is one of our favourite things to do. Ohso Social is in a prime spot right on the beach, near to the Palace Pier, and just down the road from the central Lanes too, so perfect for buying an early evening sundowner to watch the sunset over the skeletal structure of the old West Pier. Review.
60. Sri Lankan Cuisine At Moonstone In Hove
Not many people have tried Sri Lankan cuisine, and we are yet to find another place in Brighton or Hove other than Moonstone that serves it. Moonstone Restaurant is run by a lovely Sri Lankan born couple who are extremely passionate about their cuisine and will always make an effort to come to talk to you about it in the restaurant. Expect to see unique, flavoursome dishes that are fresh tasting, colourful, light and absolutely delicious. Most Sri Lankan food is naturally gluten free, and the menu is great for vegetarians too. Located on the far end of Church Road in Hove, it is highly recommend by the RB team as one to visit in 2016. Review.
61.Thai & Spanish Fusion at Senor Buddha
Senor Buddha is an exciting new tapas bar and restaurant opened up on Preston Road, at the top of Preston Circus. Run by passionate chef Lee who’s food is inspired by his time spent living in Spain and travelling to South East Asia. You make think that Asian and Spanish fusion sounds mad, however what Lee creates really works and it’s definitely one to check out soon. There are murmurs of another venue opening late 2016 too! Review.
62. Sussex Village Hospitality At The Talbot in Cuckfield
The Talbot is a gorgeous country pub in the heart of Cuckfield with lovely Sussex hospitality that is well worth the drive. They pride themselves in using local growers, brewers and products and are a dog friendly venue to making it a perfect place to head out for a countryside visit. We recommend checking out the Hayloft – a recently refurbished area used for functions, boasting a 70 seater restaurant decked out with high ceilings, oak beams and wooden floors. Review.
63. Top Tunes at Kooks – Brighton’s Boho Bistro
Kooks is a new addition to Brighton’s North Laine, opening in May 2015 by DJ Tim Healey and his wife Rebecca. Their concept is to bring boho bistro style food and decor paired with top tunes from Tim’s collection. Open for brunch, lunch, dinner and cocktails and serving creative food cooked by their head chef James Flavell which changes seasonally for you to try something tasty and different. Located on Gardner Street for a conveniently situated location. Review.
64. 16th Century Beauty At The Fountain Inn In Ashurst
There is nothing like visiting a traditional English pub and we have just the one for you. The Fountain Inn is a stunning 16th century pub in Ashurst which has kept it’s arhcaic charm. You can expect to see a menu with classic dishes using local ingredients, low ceilings, pretty gardens and a warming fireplace for the cooler months. One to add to your country pub list in 2016 and a venue which has attracted the famous over the years. Review.
65. Authentic Gujarati Cuisine At Chaula’s Of Brighton
Chaula’s started out in Lewes in a small shop selling home made takeaway Indian food to the Lewes community. Word soon spread that it was really good, so they then opened a restaurant in Lewes followed by another in Brighton soon after due to popular demand. The secret recipes are passed down by Chaula’s Mother and Grandmother from Gujarati (North India) and these authentic flavours really show in each dish. The menu has many different vegetarian and vegan dishes, as well as plenty of options for the gluten intolerant too. Review.
66. Huevos Rancheros at Moksha Café
Breakfast is a meal we can easily overlook, either by skipping it entirely or eating the same thing over and over. It doesn’t have to be boring and samey, however. Head to Moksha for the Huevos Rancheros: a crispy tortilla topped with chorizo, black beans, sweet corn, chipotle sauce, free range egg and a tomato and avocado salsa. The veggie version is equally tasty: black beans, sweet corn, tomatoes, mushrooms, cheese, a fried egg and fresh coriander. The tortillas can be gluten-free, if you prefer. Arriba Arriba! Review.
67. Ribs At The Old Bank.
All you can eat ribs? Yep that’s right. The Old Bank are located in the heart of Kemptown and specialise in marinated meats cooked on the chargrill and are famous for their all you can eat ribs and wings night on Monday every week. They are sticky, tangy and lip smackingly juicy with meat that just falls away from the bone. Go on, treat yourself to some ribs this 2016. Review.
68. Shellfish And Craft Beers At The Urchin
What better way to get in the seaside spirit than with some top-notch seafood and craft beer? The Urchin is Hove’s new gastro pub co-owned and it’s making some serious waves, which is unsurprising given the highly experienced co-owners and manager. Everything on the menu is fresh and seasonal and diners can choose from a drinks menu containing over 100 craft beers. Review.
69. Chill out with a tea at Cafe Plenty
Just a hop and a jump from Preston Circus, Cafe Plenty is new to the area and has breathed new life into Circus Parade which now also features a private gym! Cafe Plenty as keen to promote and support local suppliers wherever possible and have sourced all their teas from ‘Chi’ who are based in the Open Market. With over twenty teas to choose from, you can be sure of a good cuppa, especially when served in a glass teapot. Whilst you’re in there don’t forget to have a nose around the funky interior which often houses pieces from local artists.
70. Try a pain au raisin at The Flour Pot Bakery
Brighton’s North Laine is quite possible one of the best people watching spots on the planet (in our humble opinion). When the sun shines the area bustles with shoppers and tourists, and right in the middle of it all is the Flour Pot Bakery. Well known for supplying many local businesses with baked goods, they have now branched out and opened their own cafes, but we are especially partial to the North Laine location, with it’s outside seating. Grab a seat and sink your teeth into a unctuous pain au raisin, freshly baked each morning.
71. Try a vegetarian dish at the Curry Leaf Cafe
Meat-free Monday is now a thing, and the Flexitarian movement sees many restaurants expand on their vegetarian and vegan menu options. The Curry Leaf Cafe offers some of the best meat-free dishes we’ve ever tried, staying true to authentic Indian recipes which are often centred around vegetables. After a recommendation? Try the paneer and cauliflower curry (Gobi Paneer Takatak) which has a lovely kick of heat.
Notes from the editor
Our food things to do list was drawn together by the team of 20 food reviewers who form part of the Restaurants Brighton team. If you wish to contribute to our growing list then we’d be delighted to hear from you as we expect the list to grow to ‘100 food things to do’ by the end of 2016. Please contact us so you can have your say!