Welcomed as a guest & leave as a friend
Food For Friends has been a Brighton favourite for many years.
It’s award-winning and if you’ve been there you’ll know why. The restaurant is situated in the heart of the historic Lanes, just moments from the seafront, on the corner with floor to ceiling windows throughout, so plenty of light in the day if you’re going for lunch. The decor is inviting and contemporary with warm tones and furnishings. The restaurant is split into two with the bar dividing either side. We were greeted and taken to our seat next to the large curved window. My coat was taken to be hung up and we were left to peruse the menu.
So many enticing dishes
Looking at the menu, there were plenty of drinks choices with the cocktails being on the front page, I can say from previous visits the Lychee Rose is definitely worth trying. Tonight I chose the fiery ginger beer. I was pleased to see that most of the dishes had a vegan option.
There was a selection of light bites such as olives and dips, starters and mains.
If you’re looking for a place to go for a Sunday lunch, Food For Friends know just how to do it, having had one for my birthday recently I know this for a fact!
There’s also a kids menu too with a selection of mains, desserts and drinks.
We ordered the beetroot dip and bread from the light bites section along with the Inari Tofu Wraps from the starters to share. The earthy beetroot dip was topped with a punchy harissa paste and a kale crisp, it was served with lightly toasted bread drizzled with a herb oil.
When the tofu wraps arrived they were quite the showstopper with an artistic presentation and vibrant colours. There were many elements that made up this dish such as the wild brown rice & oyster mushrooms, Gochujang cream, pickles, puff black rice and tokyo turnip. Gochujang is a Korean red chilli paste. With a starter like this, I couldn’t wait for what was ahead of us!
Comforting dishes for the cold evening
For our mains, I ordered the King oyster mushroom mille feuille which is a savoury take on the pastry dessert. This was served with a soft and buttery potato & polenta gratin, purple sprouting broccoli and a dark port & date gravy. It was a comforting dish for such a cold evening.
Dan had the szechuan tempeh sausage & udon ramen served with pak choi, samphire and wild mushrooms. This was fragrant & fresh with plenty of umami.
The great thing about ramen is it gets tastier as you eat it because the flavours infuse and multiply.
Style & substance
After sharing a starter we were ready to try a dessert and went for the chocolate delice with banana sorbet, cookie crumble that surrounded a caramel sauce and caramelised bananas on the side. This was another beautifully presented dish adorned with a blue edible flower and the taste matched its aesthetics. I particularly liked the banana sorbet, something I hadn’t tried before and would love it again.
Consistent with quality all round
I have never been disappointed when I’ve made a visit to Food For Friends. With every visit I get to meet their friendly staff, enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and of course eat the stunning food. And by the way it was filling up quite rapidly on a Wednesday night, so I can imagine many others have had the same good experience as I have. The menu changes with what’s seasonally available, so you can keep going and never get bored. I would recommend Food For Friends if you have a special occasion coming up too, it’s a real treat!See the listing for Food For Friends Brighton