Lost in the Lanes Brighton
Lost in the Lanes Brighton, as the name suggests, is hidden away in the famous Lanes shopping area of the city. You’ll find Lost in the Lanes at 10 Nile Street, a narrow street that looks more like a shortcut off the main Lanes. This in itself makes Lost in the Lanes a little treasure, either to find by chance while meandering or as a little favourite to keep to yourself.
Torsten tries Brunch Box Brilliance
The evocatively named Lost in the Lanes is on a mission to redefine café culture, catering to a foodie generation that favours wholesome-yet-comforting and simple-yet-sensational. Their menu takes the familiar and feeds in extras that add flavour, goodness and eye-candy (we’d pay good money to hear Nigella reading about their Cacao Nib Rooibos & Orange Granola or Candied Pecans).
Owner Nathalie and her team have been busy creating ‘finish at home’ Lost Brunch Box specials, which can be collected or delivered (especially useful if the night before was the night before). They change weekly and are posted on their website in the week preceding.
We tried their Turkish brunch special, consisting of roasted red pepper hummus, labneh (mint & lime Greek Yoghurt), poached eggs, and flatbreads, served with tear-drop peppers, poppy seeds, Turkish spice, micro coriander and oil flavoured with lemon, honey and thyme.
The clear instructions detail how to warm up the flatbreads and eggs, and offer a step-by-step guide to plating up to look like you’re a MasterChef finalist.
Some serious thinking has gone into the mix of spices, seeds and herbs, which transport your tongue to a sun-soaked, banks-of-the-Bosphorus café. The labneh offered a citrus and mint zing to complement the creaminess of the yoghurt and counteract the rich, garlicky hummus. The eggs oozed out their orange-gold sauces, creating a luxurious, textured menage of flavours brought together via the spices, citrus and micro coriander. The entire array can be handily scooped up with the accompanying flatbreads, warmed and drizzled with the lemon-honey-thyme oil.
And the treats don’t end there. Each brunch box comes with freshly squeezed orange juice, an ingenious pouch which filters rich Turkish coffee directly into your cup, and a sweet, moist friand (almond cake), which bursts with berries.
Truly satisfying, it’s a brunch that awakens the senses and feeds the soul.
Inside you are immediately greeted by a display of tempting home-made cakes and pastries. At the back of the café’s comfy seating area the kitchen pass opens up onto the heart of the action where delicious brunches and lunches are dispatched to eager regulars and curious explorers alike.
The window seating will provide you with an Insta-worthy setting for photographing your latte art, as well as a lovely spotting for people watching and general musing.
A daily deli that’s not every-day
Lost in the Lanes Brighton is open daily with the kitchen open 9am – 3pm for freshly prepared breakfast and lunch. The deli provides a fine selection of simple, fresh and quality dishes, from morning pastries and coffee to tasty savoury treats and an interesting variety of filled sandwiches and ciabattas.
Brunch at Lost in the Lanes
Brunch is big business in Brighton and Lost in the Lanes doesn’t fall by the wayside. As with all the food at Lost, the focus is on simplicity. Relying on quality ingredients and good cooking doesn’t mean what you’re getting is basic – far from it. The three main ingredients in all the food at Lost in the Lanes are simplicity, freshness and provenance. Chef James Flavell ensures the menu is as bustling with life as the Lanes themselves, updating and reinventing the menu with the seasons.
You’ll find plenty of vegetarian and vegan items on the menus too, for everything from a vegan cake to go with your plant-milk latte to hearty cooked breakfasts. Gluten-free diets are also catered for but because of the nature of the kitchen allergen-free dishes cannot be guaranteed.
Lunch in the Lanes
As well as offering a selection of fresh, affordable and quality lunches to eat in or takeaway, Lost in the Lanes serves some more restaurant-style dishes and sharing plates. Perfect to enjoy at the end of a day perusing the city’s boutiques over a glass of wine or as a pre-matinee meal.
Lost in the Lanes Brighton is also available for private hire, for catering and events. Contact email@example.com for details.