I've lived in Brighton and Hove for 30 years now. Restaurants have come and gone, but Casa don Carlos seems like it will stay. I guess its been around for 20 years or so. We eat there regularly and have only ever been disappointed once (a very busy Saturday when service was poor). Otherwise, we've had brilliant meals there. Cheap but tasty and always popular.
You can spend as little or as much as you like, but we reckon on just over £30 for 2 (including wine). The chicken cooked in wine and garlic is excellent, and you just have to have patatas bravas. Flamed chorizo is apparently fantastic (as a non meat-eater I'v not tried it personally).
Everyone that we have introduced to this restaurant has subsequently returned.
So highly recommended.
Favorite Dish: Chicken in wine and garlic. It just melts. Or maybe the lamb that just falls off the bone. Or maybe the crab claws. How can anyone decide?
When you come to Brighton, don't just stay on the seafront or the Lanes, try some other areas too.
Here are a few pubs in different parts of the city, all with very good food, I am a regular visitor to all of them.
They are all nicely decorated and do good beer, service is also generally great in my experience.
1. The Foragers, 3 Stirling Place, Hove, BN3 3YU.
In the back streets of Hove, this is a relaxed place that can nonetheless get very busy.
Has a nice courtyard garden, great food too, all locally produced or foraged.
I love the food here, and it is also the least restauranty and most pubby of the 3 here.
2. The Ginger Pig, 3 Hove Street, BN3 2TR.
Another one in Hove, much more emphasis on food than The Foragers, most people in the bar are just waiting for a table in the eating area. You can't book so just turn up and hope, try off peak hours to reduce your waiting time !
Has a garden but not really a summery place. Owned and run by the same guy that owns the famous Gingerman restaurant in the Brunswick area.
3. Preston Park Tavern, 88 Havelock Road, BN1 6GF.
In the area known as 'Fiveways', a high quality place in a residential area.
The worst enemy of this place is it's popularity, you may have to book several weeks ahead if you want a table on Saturday evening. Does have a small area of non-bookable bar tables but these are nearly always full too.
Has some nice patio tables out the front if you are just drinking.
During a recent visit to Brighton my friend and I were looking for somewhere relaxed to have lunch in the sun. We came across a small pub called Mrs Fitzherberts, that had outside seating and ok sounding food. The inside of the pub was fairly traditional and inviting, but we nabbed a table out the front and soaked up the Spring sunshine.
Favorite Dish: For lunch I had the Pumpkin, Sweet Potato & Cashew Nut Pie, which was served with lots of veggies, and my friend had a Baked Potato with hummus and roasted veggies. Both meals were 'honest', and generous serves for the price (which was so much cheaper than the London prices I am used to!).
I am a regular at Taylor St Baristas Richmond branch, and thought it would be wrong not to pop into their Brighton shop when in that part of the world. We were in need of a coffee break, and I knew that we would be sure of a good one here.
The set up is slightly unusual - basically just a small serving counter in the front of a Travel Agency. But they don't need much more space to concoct one of their excellent flat whites, and never fear, there is room for a selection of cakes and other goodies too.
Favorite Dish: Our coffees were delicious, as were the cute Caramello Koala's (an Aussie chocolate) we ate.
On a recent day trip to Brighton my first priority was a visit to Choccywoccydoodah Bar du Chocolat. Hidden away on a back street, it was indeed worth seeking out. It has colourful, glamorous décor, and serves up giant serves of chocolate cake, sundaes and other decadent treats. You can hire their "intimate boudoir" for a "extravagant chocolate feast", which sounds ideal for a girlie afternoon tea.
Favorite Dish: I was fairly restrained with my food choice, opting for a slice of Chocolate Truffle cake, which turned out to be massive, and was served with a big scoop of chocolate ice cream and chocolate sauce. It was Choccywoccydoodah-delicious!
High ceilings, large windows and plenty of table choices - fast, friendly service from the Italian staff providing an excellent choice of seafood dishes.
We really enjoyed our meal here and considered it very fair/good value for money, the more so compared with some other over priced places in town!
Favorite Dish: We both selected a grilled seafood medley, costing about £10.75, comprising salmon/tuna steaks, red snapper, prawn (1 only, presumably for garnish but actually v.tasty!) and a couple of sardines, with salad and choice of potatoes - my chips were good!
Chose a bottle of house white, which proved to be a Soave - not usually a favourite for me but actually went well with meal.
Il Caffe Felice had the most delicious cakes, pastries and lattes.
The staff were friendly and efficient.
Favorite Dish: We could not choose the cakes were so delicious so we ordered black forest gateaux and cheesecake and shared.
If you fancy a liquid lunch that is bereft of alcohol than this is the place for you. Offering an extraordinary number of flavour combinations that draw on an array of chocolate bars, biscuits, cereals fruits and spreads this is milkshake heaven. Although it is possible to pop in and ask say 'Just a vanilla thank you' that would arguably be missing the point. If you desire a Cadbury's Cream Egg and butterscotch shake then it can be yours. The oddest combination I've come across is an 'Arthur' (they do name some after creative customers) - Farleys rusk, ginger nuts and Maltesers! I'm not altogether convinced but perhaps one day I'll order that one and be pleasantly surprised.
As of June 2008 prices were £2.70 for a regular shake, £3.70 for a large; 70p for each additional flavour added to your first choice and 30p for extra ice cream. They can top them with cream or even serve them hot! Go on, indulge yourself!
Favorite Dish: Boost and Dime Bar!
Small, intimate, busy. Meze (a bit - or a lot - of about 14 dishes) £20 per head. Increased the bill with wine - the Cypriot wine not quite as good as any other country's I'm afraid.
Competent cooking - probably pretty authentic - certainly had all your Greek favourites - taramasalata, hummus and tzatsiki then dolmades, lamb kebabs and a delicious kleftikos (I think)
Favorite Dish: Something for everyone in the Meze.
Very special place to be on a summer's day. Ideal place for people watching, as hoards of people walk by enjoying the weather.
Service excellent, food superb. Not cheap (but did have lots of wine!).
Favorite Dish: Catch of the day is always relliable
Well this is certainly different. An eclectic eaterie run by Jane Bom-Bane, well known singer/performance artist on the Edinburgh Fringe, wearer of mechanical hats and maker of mechanical tables. No, really.
The lunch/dinner menu runs the gamut from Oxford pork sausages with stoemp (mashed potatoes mixed with seasonal veg) and caramelised onions (£7.50) to Bom-Bane Plate (vegan) which is red pepper & almond pesto, olive tapenade, hummus, slow-roast tomatoes and mixed olives, served with mixed salad garnish and chewy brown bread (£6.25), Mediterranean fish & seafood casserole: monk fish, squid, prawns and mussels cooked with tomato, fennel, white wine and herbs served with garlic crostini (£11.90) and the comforting cinnamon toast (£1.75).
Musical evenings run throughout the year (often on Tuesday evenings) with various guest performers but Jane and her multi instrumentalist husband Nick Payne can also be seen performing a few nights each month . Booking is usually essential as this is not a big venue. I am desperate to make it to one of these evenings and will report back as soon as I manage it! Listen to some of the soundfiles on the website , peruse a few pics and you'll soon realize that it's going to be intriguingly different.
Well I can't say I've frequented all the fish and chip shops in Brighton but for any visitor to a British seaside resort, a traditional serving of cod (or haddock) and chips sprinkled with salt and vinegar and wrapped up in newspaper is as good as it gets on the comfort food front. A meal will set you back around £5 per head in most fish and chip shops and of you're sitting down whilst eating you have to have it with slices of bread and butter and a nice cup of tea. Sitting inside a takeaway to eat will add additional tax to your meal so be warned. Watch out for places with fried fish being kept warm under a heating element. This is fine if it was lifted out of the oil in the last minute or so but ideally you want it fresh from the fryer. Delicious!
Bankers along Western Road is well thought of. The Pier has it's own but I have yet to try it. Harry Ramsden's opposite the Pier is part of a large chain of fish and chip shops - I've had meals ranging from excellent to mediocre depending upon the day and the branch. The Athena B in Station Road Portslade served me the delicious meal in the photograph this very day! Basically there a few fish and chips shops that can claim to serve superb meals all the time - the freshness of the catch and the cooking is vital yet can be variable in the best of outlets. My all time favoutite 'chippies' are actually in Headingly, Leeds and Giacopazzi's in Eyemouth, Scotland which also serves superb ice cream.
Favorite Dish: Haddock and chips replete with gherkin and a dollop of mushy peas!
This café/restaurant has quickly developed into a favourite with the denizens of Brighton particularly as it's situation and glass-walled exterior makes it ideal for posing both inside and out. It can get terribly busy at lunchtimes and particularly at weekends but it's normally easy enough to pop in for a coffee and cake on the off chance. There is a small deli area at the front where you can buy all sorts of pasta, confectionary, freshly baked cakes and bread. Plenty of ready prepared savoury dishes are on offer too - from chicken to pizza slices and pesto.
Main courses in the café (June 2008) include Roast Ham Focaccia (£5.50), Insalata di Mozzarella (£6.75), Lasagna (£7.60), Milanese di Pollo (£9.25). It must be popular for a reason!
The signs outside the Fish and Chip restaurant on Brighton Pier boasts 'the best fish and chips on the South Coast', though according to the website, it is only the best in Brighton. I don't eat fish and chips that often, so can't comment on the accuracy of this claim, but I can state that better fish and chips can be obtained in Whitby (North Yorkshire).
However, the fare here perfectly acceptable. You can choose to have a sit down meal in the restaurant (indoor or outdoor seating), or a takeaway. There is no shortage of places to eat in Brighton, and this is by no means the greatest culinary experience, but it is a very traditional thing to do at the seaside.
Favorite Dish: The traditional choice is cod or haddock, served with chips and bread and butter, and washed down with a nice cup of tea. The restaurant does serve other fish dishes, if you prefer, though.
"Its 37 bedrooms are housed in a collection of eccentric, gothic revival and mock Tudor buildings erected, appropriately, by a wine merchant on the site of an old Brighton inn.
Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, the Bistro offers a menu rooted in classic European cuisine with a contemporary edge. Here you will find ‘simple classics’ that change seasonally, with head chef, Rob Carr, adding his own selections daily, all supporting our philosophy of using the finest and freshest local produce, cooked simply, priced sensibly".
Well, I was supposed to have a lunch date, but the 'Handsome Man' was delayed and so we ended up meeting at 4pm in the bar. This was a Saturday afternoon and totally packed. The decor is delightful, large open and airy with a relaxed atmosphere - Nice.
We propped up the bar on high stools for a bit, H.M. had a nice looking glass of red wine and I opted for a chilled glass of champage at his suggestion. Somtimes when you have just one glass of champagne, it doesn't taste so great and be somewhat flat, this was not the case here (and so it shouldn't be) and it was a decent champagne, perfectly chilled, with lots of bubbles which were intent on going straight to my head!. There are also sofas and more comfortable chairs for lounging around, if you can grab on before they're all taken.
Worrying a little about hitting the booze in the afternoon without food, we looked at the bar snack menu, whereas I'm sure it's good, it had the usual olives, bread etc and probably at inflated prices, so I suggested we head off to a tapas bar to have more options.
The general feeling was, I'd like to return for lunch. Good atmosphere, classy without being stuffy and efficient staff. I will report back if and when I eat there! (Friends have recommended).
Favorite Dish: Tip: Check which wine you have ordered, someone had a shock whe their bill came to £17 for one glass of wine ! It IS the Hotel du VIN after all and there is an extensive wine list with many quality wines of varying prices.