The Regency: Cheerful but not so cheap
This seafront restaurant has daily caught fish, lobster and crab dishes.
Its a brightly lit restaurant so if your looking for a romantic meal out this is not the one. It usually kinda caters for the middle aged upwards cliental until me and my friends turn up! We are regular restaurant goers in Brighton so I know the cheap and cheerful, expensive, rubbish, local etc places to go.
And its always busy, which is a good sign
Favorite Dish: Try the crab!
Carluccio's: POSING WITH YOUR PASTA!
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!
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The Regency Restaurant: Great seafood with a view!
This Brighton establishment has yet to see the conversion to nouveau cuisine - and I hope it stays that way! With portions to satisfy most appetites, very reasonable prices and great sea views, this is a great place to enjoy a seafood delight!
The Regency has won acclaim from seafood experts, including Rick Stein, for great quality food at great prices. With indoor and outdoor seating, you can enjoy yourself here at any time of the year!
Favorite Dish: The grilled lobster with garlic butter was worth every penny!
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Buddies: Buddies - tea and toast at 4 in the morning
24 hour cafe on the sea front road that is an absolute life saver. You can roll out of a club at 4 in the morning and get a fry up before struggling home. Anywhere that sells you tea this early is well worth a visit.
Favorite Dish: Fry Up -and tea
The Tea Cosy: A royal tea
As Brighton is England's pink capital I wanted to find somewhere fairly unique to take my dutch friend out for afternoon tea. The Tea Cosy is a quaint tearoom off the beaten track that provides a unique atmosphere and a refreshing slant on afternoon tea.
The menu ranges from Elevensies which is crumpets or hot cross buns or soup with a pot of tea. The menu card then offers choices such as Tea Cosy Low tea being cake & tea, Duchies cream tea with jam, scones & cream. Then there are the high teas such as Lady Dianna Spencer, Princess of Wales, we will always miss you tea as well as Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth High Tea - these consist of some savouries as well such as smoked salmon sanwiches, welsh rarebit & the like.
There are various others even an Indian menu to suit. The ultimate Tea Cosy experience is the Julie Goodyear High Tea which is 7 courses for GBP12, this menu requires 2 or more.
Favorite Dish: We had the Duchies cream tea, 3 mini scones served with the homemade summer fruits jam and cream. The pots of tea are huge, also each pot is served with 3 teabags so if you prefer weak tea you may either wish to inform them or indeed take the teabags out once they have brewed to your liking.
The Tea Cosy is a gay friendly establishment run by a gay couple, a percentage of every cup of tea is donated to the Rockinghorse Childrens Charity.
The ambience of the tearoom is lovely it feels like you are in your grannys front room. They do do parties and special events
Subway.: Great sandwich store! :)
At Subway you can "make" your own sandwich. There is a standard meal and then you can add whatever you like.
Veggie Delite is the standard meal. There are only vegetables. You can say what you would like to have: salad, tomato, cucumber, red onion, piccels, peppers... If you would like to have a sauce on it, you can add it (mayonaise, ketchup....).
You can have a 6 inch or a footlong bread. And you can also choose from 6 different kind of bread. I took wheat.
You can collect stamps for a Sub Club Customer Appreciation Card. On this card you can put 8 stamps on it. If you have this card full, you have to purchase a 21 oz. soft drink to get a free 6 inch sub, wrap or salad. If you have 2 of those cards full, you have to purchase a 21 oz. soft drink to get a one free footlong sub.
Favorite Dish: A Veggie Delite costs GBP 1,99. A medium Pepsi costs GBP 1,08.
Bom-Bane's: MECHANICAL HATS AND MUSIC!
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.
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Dorset Restuarant & Bar: Dorset Restuarant & Bar
We wanted to eat in North Laines area & then go on to catch the train home. I was being a bit fussy about not wanting to eat carbs in the evening & also feeling full from afternoon tea we felt like something light.
This restaurant is at the back of the Dorset Bar, they serve lighter snacks in the bar area. We ordered a chicken salad which came as a roasted half chicken on a bed of rocket, red chard with cherry tomato & buffallo mozzerella. The meal was delicious even though it did take rather a long time for our food to be served.
The menu was a bit on the pricey side but then again the food looked very good.
Donatello: Donatello Pizza / Pasta
At the begining of The Lanes you will find a huge amount of restaurants offering special lunch set menus, Italian restuarants seemed to be hugely popular we saw at least 5 within walking distance of each other.
We ordered the set menu for GBP6.95 for 2 courses. I had salad as a starter which was a select your own salad from the buffet salad bar. For mains, Han chose a pepperoni pizza which he found a bit too greasy - too much cheese on a pizza can that be a complaint?
Anyway I was trying to be good so I ordered the Donatello pasta with wholwheat spagetthi, they will substitute wholewheat pasta for any of their dishes with no extra charge. When the plate arrived it was enormous so I finsihed about 2/3rds and felt satisfied.
The table service was prompt & the atmosphere was very busy especially due to being a saturday lunch.
SHAKEAWAY: THERE'S A WHOLE LOTTA SHAKIN' GOIN' ON!
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!
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The Blue Man: A North African Gem
Food : Algerian/Maroccan/Tunisian/Kemp Townian
This was a fab little restaurant I could highly recommend. Good, reasonably priced food, fantastic atmosphere, relaxed and friendly - It used to be bring your own wine, but now they have moved into town, they now have a licence, so this is no longer an option. The restaurant is intimate and unique with lanterns, big squishy pouffes, rugs and arts in abundance.
First time I went with KB and we shared a starter called Khodra B?stilla - a filo pastry parcel crammed with goats cheese and roasted vegetables. Alot of restaurants offer this to veggies and it is often rather bland and disappointing, but not in the case. It was delicious. KB was very happy with this lamb tagine, (although neither of use were that crazy about the cous cous) and my whole sea bass, baked in salt with a very good mediterranean sauce , adorned with fresh king prawns, was absolutely fresh and mouth watering. Not usually being that big on desserts, my fresh figs with little balls of ice cream served with ginger and honey was a total treat and so beautifully served. The kitchens were spotless, the service by a Spaniard from Valencia effcient and friendly and the bill - ?25 ! Couldn't fault it really. Went back for the banquet for my birthday (2006) - at £20 a head, you roll out of there you eat so much. All 12 people loved it, meat & fish eaters & veggies alike. Great for a party.
However, since then, they have moved into town. As I say, they no longer offer the bring your own option and reports from a friend suggest things may have slipped, particularly in the service department. I will try to discover more, but I still reckon that the food is good.
Favorite Dish: Sea bass
Figs with icecream honey and ginger.
Why not try the Shisha pipe with apple tobacco after your meal.
(I am wondering where they smoke this now, due to the no smoking band in the UK, a shame, it fills the air with nice fruit smells, will try to find out).
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Destination 100: A local pearl in Kemptown
I was recommended to visit this cafe by a friend who works in a supermarket in St James street.
It was opened by two former airline employees and is local to the area.
The cafe serve quality teas and coffees and a variety of tasty sandwiches, toasties, rolls and bagettes at a very reasonable price.
There is a bohemian feel to the place, customers can feel free to spend time in the sheltered garden.
All the staff are friendly.
Favorite Dish: I had a superb toasted sandwich (on granary bread) which had bacon and cheese melt and was served with salad. I had a proper china mug of good tea.
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The Sanctuary Cafe: Wholesome and Heavenly Food
"The Sanctuary is more than a cafe; it is a community. A place where everyone is welcome, from breast-feeding mums to businessmen, from pensioners to poets. It is a blend of exciting eclectic taste. The enriching, unique environment is a safe haven to indulge yourself in its wholesome and heavenly food".
Popular, Award Winning, Vegetarian & Vegan Cafe and Venue. Fully licensed, daily menus and snacks, delicious coffee and cakes.
Friendly, chilled, eclectic, creative.
Regular exhibitions, local magazines and community noticeboard.
See also nightlife tips for details on the Sanctuary Cella Venue.
(Technically in Hove 'actually').
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La Fourchette: Classic French Cuisine, Great Service
Went to La Fourchette for my birthday lunch (May '05). We had heard it had the 'best food in Brighton' and they do a reasonably priced lunchtime set menu (£10).
The regularly changing menu does a superb selection in meat, fish and vegetarian dishes and has a well selected wine list.
There accommodated 15 of us, from age 2 to 50 with a smile and the food was fantastic.
The set menu offered a meat (duck), fish (monkfish) and a vegetarian (rissotto). Particularly delicious was the starter of tuna on a bed of saffron cous cous which I could happily eat daily for the rest of my life ; )
Contrary to local rumour, the wine list had some reasonably priced wines, coffee was also reasonably priced, but where we got 'stung' was the kids ice creams, which although were like a work of art, cost £6 a piece (!)
They offered a special menu for the kids before we asked (pasta, with a variety of sauces that they could add themselves from bowls), popped my gifts flowers in a vase in a jiffy and were genuinely charming and helpful.
We were given the lovely upstairs room which we had to ourselves and were never hurried in the slightest which was great, as some of us had some catching up to do and the champagne was flowing ; )
Highly receommended for a special occasion, or a lunch time treat.
The evening menu is more pricey.
Favorite Dish: Here are some of their sample dishes to tempt your tastebuds :
Ravioli of scallops & prawns with herb sabayon and fondue of leeks.
Poached eggs on toast with spinach and wine-butter sauce.
Roast pave of sea bass with creamed white bean purée, braised fennel, herbed gnocci and balsamic caramel.
Monkfish tail, crispy pancetta, roast mushrooms, potatoes and wild mushroom and tarragon jus.
Red fruit sabayon, caramelised sweet champagne egg cream.
Granache au chocolat, chocolate sauce, pear sorbet, chantilly.
(Definitely my favourite restaurant in Brighton to date).
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The Regency restaurant: Don't Miss The Fresh Seafood!
Once the home of one of the richest women in Europe - Harriet Mellon (I wonder if she had a couple of daughters, and if anyone commented on how proud she must be of her pair)
The regency restaurant has been a fixture of the Brighton seafront for many years. The High-ceiling of the room and the general atmosphere certainly put you in mind of those carefree days.
I only visited for brekfast, but the menu certainly made me want to return at a later date. with prices ranging from just a few quid for starters, it looked good value as well. I was also impressed by the fact that it served more mundand dishes such as bog-standard Fish and chips at the sme sort of prices as greasy take-aways nearby.
With celebrity endorsements from such renowned fish-meisters as Rick Stein himself, you can't go far wrong !
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