Healthy restaurants Brighton
A change in season naturally means a change in diet for most. Fresh salad bowls and BBQs on the beach give way to Hearty stews and pub fires. With Jack Frost, eagerly waving around his chilly stick it is time for us to bite the bullet, pull out those tucked away woolly favourites and consider a cosier way of life.
An age old diet that is having a renaissance is found in the Ayurvedic teachings of Indian Philosophy. While the practice in full can take some getting used too, and really embraces the whole of one’s lifestyle, there are some culinary nuggets of ancient wisdom that we can all tuck in to.
Many of the key spices in Indian food have great medical and dietary benefits. Chilli helps boost metabolism, great for helping to shift some weight. Coriander and turmeric, the new super spices, are considered to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which are well-proven immunity boosters and winter bug zappers.
Brighton is lucky to benefit from some top quality Indian restaurants so getting a super dose of these super spices shouldn’t prove too taxing. Try Indian Summer’s thali for a well-balanced meal full of spice, or a pre theatre meal that won’t leave you feeling heavy during the main act.
And then there is Manju’s, it’s a cosy family run restaurant with the real star of the show being Manju herself. She’s still clicking her heals and dishing out her homecooked dishes at eighty! Now, that’s a real testament to the life-giving qualities of Indian cuisine.
Good news for the celiac’s and gluten intolerant dinners, Indian food has the Brucie bonus of using a plethora of wheat grain alteratives. At Planet India they are happy to cater to those with special dietary requirements, making their menu super inclusive to everyone.
If you’re about the town on a shopping spree or looking for healthy a grab and run on your lunch break, then you’ll be pleased to hear that Curry Leaf has now opened their fourth Brighton eatery. You can now find them dishing out the delicious in the buzzing heart of town, Churchill Square. More Curry for everyone is never a bad thing!
A massively growing trend and one that Brighton has always championed, the vegetarian and vegan diet has seen more than a few green shoots go up of late. Most restaurants will offer more than a handful of plant-based dishes, helping you achieve healthy, happy and environmental wellbeing.
The Roundhill Brighton is a super-inclusive gem of a pub, all their dishes are prepared fresh on order, so you can guarantee all the seasonal goodness your body craves.
Terre a Terre is both a long established and highly acclaimed vegetarian restaurant and while we wouldn’t normally pitch as healthy eating per se you can eat lavishly with less guilt. Moshimo’s Vegan VVednesday is a great way to get your pickles and your greens in one sitting while many of the dishes in Indian cuisine will naturally tend toward a strong vegetarian and vegan leaning.
Go with your gut.
The gut has been underappreciated for a long time but is at last getting its due respect. Whilst fermenting food has been used in the production of alcohol and for preserving produce naturally for hundreds of years, the health benefits are really getting the spotlight lately, aiding digestion through their beneficial enzymes, as well as supplying b-vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids, and various probiotics.
New on the scene in late 2019, Kindling Restaurant on East Street has re-thought the fine dining experience. Serving good food done well with an emphasis on sustainable produce, fermentation and preservation, the Kindling menu is an impressive mix of culinary expertise and traditional techniques.
With pickles and tempeh high on the fermented food list, Asian cuisine is a natural choice. Eating at Moshimo sushi bar or BRAVO 2019 International Eats winner, Kujira, makes for great taste and happy guts (and don’t forget your cup of antioxidant-rich green tea and fermented miso soup!)
Poke Bowls are also proving a popular choice, being full of variety and fresh flavours; they’re normally a great lunchtime or quick healthy option.
A walk through Brighton’s busy streets reveals a plethora of dining options, some riding on the tide of current trends some rebuking them, most finding themselves somewhere in between.
Something all diets require is variety and Brighton has a lot of that on offer. Whilst moderation isn’t quite so much in keeping with our city’s ethos, we are lucky enough to have the option to ‘indulge well’. This even extends to our wine selection with venues such as Plateau and Mange Tout specialising in low sulphite and biodynamic wines.