Lacking in culinary inspiration? Feel like you’ve tasted all that Brighton has to offer?
We’re looking to transport you from your tried and tested restaurant favourites and help you discover something totally new.
Take a look at 10 Brighton eateries that have opened this year, which are currently causing a buzz amongst the city’s foodies.
Korean/Japanese/Vietnamese hybrid wings = BOOM! pic.twitter.com/XIR9Plu73c
— Bincho Yakitori (@BinchoYakitori) July 30, 2015
The one that has had Brighton’s food scene all excited is the intimate, stripped back Bincho Yakitori. It’s based on a Japanese izakaya bar/restaurant format where you can order small plates and of course, Yakitori (grilled skewers). It’s all about the food here, clearly living by their ethos “We won’t waste our time and your money on unnecessary garnish.” Don’t expect fine tablecloths or fancy décor, but a meal you’ll be talking about for weeks.
63 Preston St, Brighton BN1 2HE – more info
— rootcandi (@rootcandi) November 4, 2015
Although Brighton seems to be embracing meat like never before, there’s still a demand for inventive, quality vegetarian food. So there has been plenty of praise for the opening of Rootcandi, a plant-based tapas restaurant. With impressive presentation, there are three tapas sets to choose from (as well as individual plates) which are based on South American, European or Pan-Asian influence. Expect interesting dishes like beetroot tempura, turmeric courgette fries and melon and radish carpaccio.
105 Western Rd, Brighton BN1 2AA – more info
— EdendumUK (@EdendumUK) September 13, 2015
Although we are not short of Anglo-Italian pizza/pasta menus in the city, Brighton has been lacking an authentic, regional Italian restaurant for what seems a forever. Enter Edendum, a smart, modern restaurant run by the Cacciolatti family from Piedmont. You won’t find red and white checked tablecloths but a menu of dishes largely undiscovered in the UK, full of great quality ingredients. They also have one of the best kid’s menus in Brighton.
69 East St, Brighton BN1 1HQ – more info
The Salt Room
— Ray Currie (@CurrieRay) November 2, 2015
This is one of the smartest new restaurant spaces in Brighton, beautifully decorated to a high end feel. Pitching themselves as a modern British seafood and grill restaurant, the plates of food look as good as their surroundings. The “Surf Board” seems to be the unmissable dish which is a selection of hot seafood, including coal roasted oysters, Scottish prawns, scallops and squid. It may not be cheap, but will definitely impress.
106 King’s Rd, Brighton, BN1 2FU – more info
— F L A N K (@flank_brighton) October 27, 2015
Pub kitchen takeovers are the thing here at the moment. With a full nose to tail dinner menu and quality, real pies with mash and liquor on the lunch menu, Flank have opened to very high praise indeed. Although you’d expect quite a heavy meal, there is a lightness of touch to the food which is elegantly presented as well. Kentucky fried oxtail, short ribs and dripping triple cooked chips – this is one to watch.
66 Preston Street, Brighton, BN1 2HE – more info
Little Blue Smokehouse
— littlebluesmokehouse (@littlebluesmoke) October 2, 2015
Who doesn’t like dude food? I absolutely loved my meal at Little Blue Smokehouse who are running the kitchens at the newly refurbished Seven Stars pub. Smoking, brining and pickling pretty much everything they serve, they have come a long way from their street food stall. Try the smoked and beer braised ox cheeks, pigs head fritters and kimchi fries.
27 Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AD – more info
— MARKET Restaurant (@dineatMARKET) October 28, 2015
One of Brighton’s oldest fine dining eateries, Graze, has closed and rising from the ashes is Market. Offering more of a low-key, all day menu of brunches and robust classic dishes as well as burgers, it’s certainly a useful address for your black book.
42 Western Rd, Hove, BN3 1JD – more info
Fatto A Mano
Our dough is made on site every day, proved for at least 10 hours, hand-stretched, then wood-fired. Pizza perfection pic.twitter.com/BNLsorV6p2
— Fatto a Mano (@fattoamanopizza) November 3, 2015
Finally there’s some decent pizza in the city! Fatto a mano is the second authentic Neapolitan pizzeria to open here. They have a sensibly sized menu with both red sauce and white pizzas that they cook in their beautiful wood-fired ovens.
77 London Rd, Brighton BN1 4JF – more info
— Fiona Hamilton (@epicuriousadven) October 12, 2015
Now there’s a reason to visit West Street, Nu Posto offer one of the best pizzas I’ve eaten in the UK. Proper, puffy crusted, soft Neapolitan pizza bases to hold quality, authentic toppings. Not a pineapple in sight. This is a great spot for large groups too as well as families with young children and buggies and open all day.
14 West St, Brighton BN1 2RE – more info
Organic courgetti in an avocado parsley sauce, herb marinated porcini mushrooms, truffle oil and toasted pine nuts pic.twitter.com/6OobtyiExp
— Eat Naked (@eatnaked_uk) October 22, 2015
Eat Naked is (surprisingly) Brighton’s first clean eating super food cafe, which serves nourishing, natural food, free from chemicals and processing, gluten, wheat, refined sugars and pretty much free from dairy too. The owner is Stacy Stewart who you may recognise from Masterchef but she has transformed herself with clean eating, clearly practicing what she preaches. As well as the fresh, balanced lunches, they offer grab and go breakfasts, raw juices and quite possibly the most delicious and guilt free sweet treats I’ve eaten. Try the reinvented Snickers…
16 East Street Arcade, Brighton BN1 1HG – more info
Main image: The Salt Room / Facebook