Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Review: Giggling Squid, Brighton

I've been on a bit of a Thai food tip recently, Cafe Chilli and Kanok Thai have both had recent visits, so when an invitation came up to review Giggling Squid's Christmas menu, I ho ho ho hot-footed it down there (that was terrible, shut up Rosie).

It's traditional Thai food for the English palate, in relaxed and informal surroundings. Great for groups, families or tables of two, I can't imagine an audience it wouldn't please so it's easy to see why they're constantly expanding, with nearly 20 sites open and more planned for 2017.

It's probably my fourth visit to their Brighton branch but I've not written about it since 2012 (review here), and it was my first time eating supper here, having previously always visited at lunch time.


Sunday, 27 November 2016

Review: Kanok Thai, Brighton

After a mixed experience at Cafe Chilli in Hove (review here), I was on the hunt for somewhere great to eat Thai in Brighton, and you lovely lot recommended Kanok Thai, on Preston Street.

*Insert generic paragraph about Preston Street becoming quite the foodie destination* - let's get over it now, it used to be a shit-hole but there's some fab places to eat there, and has been for ages.

I did a brief summary of Brighton's Thai food landscape a few months ago, but some things have changed (this city stops for no one), so here's a slightly revised version.

'I love Thai' - I really liked it but I was gutted to hear they closed a few months ago. UPDATE: They have reopened as MyeMye, and are now on my list!
Giggling Squid - good, if a bit charmless. Their lunch sets are fab value. UPDATE: Visited last week and a new review is coming up shortly.
UniThai - my favourite but not somewhere you can have a long and leisurely meal, and they don't deliver or stay open after 8:30pm either. What they sell is delicious, and authentic, but there's not a huge variety and the service is very definitely 'no frills'. UPDATE: Apparently they have opened a Thai cafe called Papaya on George Street in Hove... to be investigated!
Sawadee - is fine, I've been twice in the last few years and it's just... fine.
Kemp Thai - I loved the first takeaway I had from there, but haven't been back, despite it being pretty much on my doorstep. I remember it being pricey, but must add to the revisit list...
Bangkok Express- Used to be a big fan but it's very inconsistent (other than it's seemingly permanent 1/5 hygiene rating) and I had a truly mediocre takeaway from Thai pad Thai recently too.


Friday, 18 November 2016

Review: The Chilli Pickle, Brighton

It's not often I (if at all) that I eat at the same place twice in a week, but two visits to Indian bistro, The Chilli Pickle were the very first things pencilled in to the itinerary of my birthday (week) celebrations.

I've been a fan since they were little-known and had their smaller venue in Meeting House Lane. Now in a premises quadruple the size, and with an impressive collection of local and national awards to boot, they're a key player in the Brighton restaurant scene and much loved by every foodie I know.

I've not actually reviewed The Chilli Pickle since 2014 so this one covers pretty much all of their current menu types. If it comes across as a bit advertorial-ly, then I apologise, because it's really not. I paid for all of the food pictured (bar the lunch boxes*) I just happened to eat there six times in the last three months and have finally got my act together, to round it all up in one post. 

Thursday, 17 November 2016

These are a few of my favourite things #85

I'm almost having to sit on my hands to prevent myself opening this post with the words 'how is it nearly December, where the actual fuck did 2016 go!?!

I don't even dare look back at my archive to see how long it's been since I did a favourite things post, because it's far too long. My life seems to have got so much busier, really really quickly, with many things having to take priority over my blog, and it's frustrating me.

Another reason for the radio silence is my migraines. There was two weeks last month, where I was suffering, to some degree, every day. The medication I'm taking has ensured I've remained upright and able to go to work (albeit it with a medication-addled brain), but not much else. A positive to come out of it is how amazingly supportive people have been. I've had about a dozen messages in the month alone, with tips, suggestions and just outright sympathy, and I can't tell you how touched I am. Migraines aside, life has been pretty damn good recently and I'm feeling like I have a lot to be grateful for.

And to those of you who voted in my Twitter poll for my Chilli Pickle review to be my next post... it'll be up tomorrow, I promise - I just sat down to finish it off and was overwhelmed with the need to write this x

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Review: Five Guys, Brighton Marina

Despite my ongoing quest to discover the loveliest eateries in Brighton, I'm no stranger to chain junk food offerings*. That's right dear readers, McMuffins are gleefully consumed, Dominos pizza trackers are refreshed and KFC gravy is ordered in double portions... 

We had a mad rush of pop ups and new openings with burger-centric offerings a couple of years ago, and I know many people in Brighton are a bit *over* burgers - but I ran a Twitter poll asking where people would like me to review next and Five Guys topped the poll with a 60% majority - so here we all are. If you don't already, you can follow me on Twitter here.

*I am fully prepared to get slaughtered in the comments section for this revelation, but whatevs. I do a lot in the way of eating at independent places , but sometimes only a McD's quarter pounder with cheese and 20 nuggets, will do. Sorry about that.

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