I’ve had an idea. I’m about to start a new job – a slightly better paid job – which is going to open me up to a little bit of disposable income that will allow me to go out and eat in actual restaurants.
As much as I love to share food finds with you, I’m not so keen on writing about them. I’m no Jay Rayner, full page restaurant reviews are not where my skills lie.
So, I’m gonna round up all the places I’ve eaten and loved each month in this new blog series. It will be titled ‘Where to Eat in Brighton’, be dated for the following month, and detail places that fed me brilliantly in the previous month. I’ll always publish it on the 1st of a new month. Making sense?
From now on you’ll have somewhere that you can check each month to see recent opinions on delicious places to eat in Brighton. This means that you’ve got an easy resource to read and I’ve got a (relatively) small job to do.
A few snaps of the food, a brief description of everything, a real quick in and out to give you just enough info. I can’t be arsed trying to find original ways to discuss the ambience and instagrammability of the interior. Again, I’ll leave that to the experts.
We’ve got a particularly excellent start to this series thanks to February being the birthday month of both me and Tom. We ate out a whole lot, with each other and with other people, to celebrate.
37 West Street, Brighton, BN1 2RE
This is where I took Tom for his birthday lunch after seeing it about six million times on Rosie’s Instagram (which, by the way, is the place to be for Brighton food).
I had the laksa with chicken and egg noodles and Tom had honey roast pork. Along with the dumplings and spring rolls on the side, our meal came to a grand total of £19.90.
I don’t have the authority to call this place authentic, but I can only presume that it’s the real deal. I’ve never had noodle soup like it, the flavour of that broth is something else. The service is delightfully un-British, brisk and to the point. Come here for a quick meal ASAP if you’re a noodle person.
The Salt Room
106 Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 2FU
If you’ve got a special occasion on your hands (Mother’s Day very soon), this is the place to book. The Salt Room delivers everything to the highest standard. You’re never gonna leave this place feeling short changed. I definitely recommend you check out their extra AF afternoon tea (which I’ve previously reviewed) but this month my Mum took me for their lunch set menu for my birthday.
3 courses for £20 saw us enjoying an amazing mackerel and pear starter, a main course that was equally divine but its details now escape me (I’ll get better at taking menu pics as this series goes on, I promise) and ginger cake. It’s recommended that you grab a carby side at around the £4 mark to go with your main.
(It’s a seafood restaurant, just an FYI in case you hadn’t clocked from the name and stuff from the sea is not your bag)
The food is outstanding and customers are treated like royalty. Let them know it’s your birthday before booking and they’ll even bring you out some fancy truffles to finish you off.
70 Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AE
Petit Pois (a cosy little French place not far off the seafront) is where I chose to dine courtesy of my Valentine on recommendation from Rosie, my Mum, and everyone else that’s ever been there.
I think their set menu is a strong contender for best value food in the whole city. At 3 courses for £13.50 – a meat dish, a fish dish and a vegetable dish – even on a Friday night it’s cheaper than most of the chain restaurants, and the food is lush.
Use the booking system on their website and they’ll drop you an email to confirm availability. This place is hot at the moment for good reason, if I had to choose one restaurant from this list that I insist you try it’d be this one.
Patty & Bun
56 Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AF
The above pics are from Patty & Bun‘s launch night earlier this month at which I was a guest. They’re a small chain that have just opened up on Ship St (right opposite The Font) specialising in filthy burgers.
The selection of sides is modest but they’re all excellent. I particularly loved the ‘thunder thighs’ (£6, bottom left) – deep fried chicken thighs in a smoked jalapeno butter sauce, the wings (£6.50) are great too. After gorging on chicken to begin, I went with the ‘ari gold’ cheeseburger (£8.50) with a big old hunk of fried cheese added, this is something you can do to any of their burgers for an extra £4 and I strongly recommend that you do.
15 Baker Street, Brighton, BN1 4JN
Is this my favourite restaurant in Brighton? Quite possibly, it’s definitely my most frequented. This is where we go if ever my Grandparents come to visit because they both adore it too.
They have a weekly changing set menu – 3 courses for £15 – that runs from Wednesday to Saturday 12-3pm. I’ve never had a single course from this menu that I haven’t adored. Nothing that I’ve been ‘meh’ about, ever. I’ve reviewed Semolina in full before if you wanna learn more about them.
Pictured above is minestrone with kale pesto, roast cod with shrimp butter, beef and pork belly ragu with gnocchi and pana cotta with almond and orange cake.
120 Church Road, Hove, BN3 2AE
Another new (well, new-ish) burger joint is 7bone, way out in the depths of Hove. These guys are gonna set you back a little less than P&B thanks to their basket deals (any main + dirty side for £11.95 or any main + regular side for £10.45) but for me its hard to choose between them.
I’d say the food at P&B just slightly had the edge, but if you want to spend a little less, walk a little further and get waited on by the sweetest waitresses (they were all so lovely) then 7bone is your bag. I went purely because The Brighton Girl grammed a picture of their one big chicken burger that has hash browns in it, so it’s good for the novelty factor too.
Et voila. This is probably gonna be real clunky in its first couple of months so bear with me while I find the right groove. See you next month for more of the same..