This is a guest post written by Brighton-based food blogger and design enthusiast, The Graphic Foodie.
Brighton is famously unique in its style and outlook and this certainly extends to our dining scene too. Far beyond the classic fish and chips you’d expect from a seaside resort, we like to extend the quirky and the interesting to what’s on our plates. With a booming dining scene, there’s something here for all tastes be it a full Indian breakfast, hidden fine-dining gem or vegan tapas.
GB1 at The Grand Hotel – One of the few fine dining spots in the city, the Grand Hotel serves an unusual fish afternoon tea in its glamourous surroundings. The classic jam scone has been swapped for a salted version with caviar, sandwiches are filled with smoked salmon, they include a selection of seafood and a miniature ice cream cone for seaside nostalgia.
Bincho Yakitori – I was absolutely blown away by my recent visit to Bincho Yakitori recently. This stripped back restaurant based on a Japanese izakaya (a bar that also serves food) is a cool place with a view of the scorching hot open kitchen. Serving a selection of grilled skewers – yakitori – you can experience many new and interesting tastes. Try the chicken skin and hearts washed down with one of the sake flights. Trust me!
Curry Leaf Café – Brighton visitors enjoying the vast nightlife are not short of fuzzy mornings that need a good feed to sort out. But how about a “full Indian” for a change? Curry Leaf Café offer a Sunday Brunch that is very much in tune with their southern Indian vibe. Their version of the classic includes spiced scrambled eggs, vegetable pakoras, chilli mushrooms and chicken 65. Served with a tandoor naan of course.
Edendum – Brighton is more about Anglo pizza pasta than true regional Italian food, but Edendum is one of the few places you won’t see spaghetti Bolognese on the menu. Instead try the lesser known gnoccho fritto, deep fried strips of pillowy dough served with a selection of antipasti, black squid ink risotto or one of my favourite Italian dishes; vitello tonnato, very fine slices of rare beef with a tuna sauce. I promise you, it works.
Drakes of Brighton – Nestled in one of the city’s smartest boutique hotels, Drakes of Brighton offer exceptional fine dining experiences. Push the boat out with one of their multiple course tasting menus with paired wines. The rump of lamb comes with a sweetbread cylinder, shallot puree, morels, aubergine caviar and marsala cream and the desserts are always worth saving yourself for like their violet soufflé with lemon curd ice cream and crystallised flowers.
Rootcandi – Another UK first, this is plant-based small plate dining. Choose from continent inspired set menus or pick and choose single dishes from them all. The plates are presented on a custom made stands and look as impressive as they taste. Brazilian coxinha, steamed carrot buns and quinoa sushi… it will revolutionise the way you think about vegan food.
Silo – Silo is receiving national acclaim and not just for being the UK’s first zero waste restaurant. Whilst they strive to use every scrap of food they can, brew their own drinks, mill flour and forage local produce, they create delicious and innovative dishes. Expect dishes like two day cooked brisket with swede ketchup, cauliflower steaks and sourdough parfait with raw rhubarb and Douglas fir pine.
Purezza – Brighton has always been well ahead of the curve for catering to different dietary requirements. Pizza particularly, was historically off limits to dairy and gluten free diets but Purezza is 100% vegan using plant-based cheese and meat alternatives. Gluten free bases are also available.