‘Unique’ is a pretty good general descriptor for Brighton, but it’s particularly fitting when it comes to the fantastic array of quirky, adventurous, and sometimes downright dangerous dishes available around the city.
Emily Turner hunts down Brighton’s most unique eats – how many have you tried?
The Hashegeddon: Joe’s Cafe
— Joe's Cafe (@Joesbrighton) March 15, 2016
Tremble in awe at the mighty Hashegeddon. Succinctly described as ‘a very, very big hash’ on the Joe’s Cafe website, this utter beast of a brunch dish involves sausage, bacon, black pudding, mushroom, onion, tomato, and is served along with a side of beans and topped with two fried eggs, cheese and chives. Godspeed to those who confront the Hashegeddon – you won’t find a hash this imposing elsewhere.
24 Upper Hamilton Road, BN1 5DF, 01273 503 917, joescafebrighton.com
Tea Cocktails: Metrodeco
— Helen & Maggie (@Metrodeco) February 18, 2016
Head down to this quirky, 1930s Parisian style ‘tea salon’ and give one of their tea cocktails a try. Served in teapots, you can enjoy a naughty tipple while feeling awfully proper. If you’re a gin lover, try the Shady Lady, or if you’re more into vodka, give the Deliciously Decadent a try. Metrodeco will be introducing the Sweet Sunburst, which is dark rum infused with their Terracotta Sunburst tea and a rhubarb twist. The team are also planning to introduce a tea cocktail of the month soon, as well as adding Don Draper’s favourite tipple, the ‘Old Fashioned’, to the menu.
38 Upper St James’s Street, BN2 1JN, 01273 677243, metro-deco.com
It’s a no-brainer. Brighton rock is a must on any list about foods unique to The Queen of Watering Places. For the original Brighton rock experience, head to either of the World Famous Brighton Rock Shops at 41 Kings Road or 55 Kings Road.
Ice Cream Surprises: The Parlour
Even when trying something new and a little different, I’m willing to put a considerable amount of trust in a restaurant whose slogan is ‘nothing like the warm arms of a cake around you’. In addition to cream teas, afternoon teas, and a selection of cakes, The Parlour at Brighton Marina has a huge array of interesting ice cream flavours, including crème brûlée and bubblegum. Get in quick though – come summer, there’ll be a whole different range of new flavours to try.
The Parlour, 15 Waterfront, BN2 5WA, 01273 628283, theparlourbrightonmarina.co.uk
— La Choza (@LaChoza2) March 1, 2016
Day of the Dead themed La Choza is home to the first ‘truly authentic Mexican street food’, and it’s certainly a favourite among locals and visitors alike. The La Choza team jet off to Mexico on food-finding missions to create exciting and authentic dishes to bring home to good old Brighton. Choose between tacos, burritors, quesadillas, tostadas or burrito bowls, and create your Mexican inspired masterpiece from the fillings and salsa they have available.
36 Gloucester Road, BN1 4AQ, 01273 945926, lachoza.co.uk
— Purezza (@PurezzaUK) February 26, 2016
Brighton is home to the UK’s only plant based pizzeria, which, as you may have guessed, is where Purezza gets its name. This means that the team behind Purezza have created an environment in which those who are lactose intolerant, gluten intolerant, religious, vegetarian or vegan can sit back and enjoy dishes without worrying about contamination from other food served at the restaurant. They’ve got a real tasty range of speciality pizzas, so there’s plenty to choose from.
12 St James’s Street, Brighton BN2 1RE, 01273 945055, purezza.co.uk
Work is well underway on rootcandi's refurb. Thank you all for the support so far. Can't wait to reopen already. pic.twitter.com/DT2Ueg9C7R
— rootcandi (@rootcandi) March 4, 2016
Likewise, head over to Rootcandi to experience the UK’s only plant based tapas restaurant. Even if you’re not a veggie or on the hunt for a restaurant that can accommodate your health requirements, there’s a lot to tempt you to Rootcandi. The delicious sets take inspiration from a variety of global cuisines – South-American, Modern European and Pan Asian.
105 Western Road, BN1 2AA, 01273 965904, rootcandi.co.uk
Sri Lanka galette: The Creperie
— The Creperie (@TheCreperieBTN) March 11, 2016
I’ve not come across anything quite like this particularly interesting dish anywhere else before. The Sri Lanka galette is medium hot, and contains spiced chicken curry made with onions, spices, and a hint of coconut. Served with a raita and mango chutney, you can get this to go or you can eat in at The Creperie.
2 Ship Street, BN1 1AD, 01273 323830, thecreperiebrighton.com
XXX Hot Chilli Burger: Burger Off
Burger off Friday 😍🍔🍟 pic.twitter.com/tAvFOkfDqn
— Burger Off (@BurgerOffHove) September 4, 2015
This dish lives in infamy, only attempted by a foolhardy few. The infamous XXX Chilli burger comes with both an 18 certificate and a disclaimer, which you have to sign in order to get your hands on this patty. This terrifying hot dish often pops up on lists of the craziest food in the UK, as it clocks in somewhere between seven and nine million on the Scoville scale, and has actually hospitalised some of those who have attempted to consume it.
52 Brunswick Street West, BN3 1EL, 01273 326655
Sussex Pond Pudding
We’ve left no stone unturned in our hunt for dishes unique to this part of the world, and in our travels, we heard tell of the Sussex Pond Pudding, a suetpastry which encases a whole lemon, with butter and sugar. Archaic a dish as this is, you won’t find this in any cafe, restaurant or boozer in Brighton – but recipes abound, so maybe something to whip up yourself in homage to your city?
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Main image: Facebook / La Choza
Sussex Pond Pudding image: Domestic Sluttery