REVIEW: Brighton takeaways

Mr P&P has “gone off” takeaways, apparently he’s decided that about halfway through eating, it all starts to taste the same…  This announcement is a real pain in the arse for me as I love a takeaway and have dedicated many years and a lot of cash to ascertaining exactly which places in Brighton have the best to offer. In my opinion these are:

Pizza- Oreganos

Thai- Kemp Thai

Chinese- Shanghai Garden

Indian- Ashoka (Hove) or Shahi (Preston Circus)

Japanese- Pompoko  See my review here.

Burgers- Burger Off (Hove)- See Source magazine’s review here

Barbeque- BBQ Shack

Kemp Thai

40 St Georges Road, Kemptown

Opening hours 17:00-22:30

They deliver for free within 2 miles of the shop

www.kempthai.co.uk

Eversince the menu for this landed on my doorstep I’d been gagging to try it out.  The food is split into different regions with standard dishes such as pad Thai, rice etc at the end.  You can see the menu on their website. My friend Lauren and I shared the following dishes:  

MOO GROB  £7.95

Belly of
pork marinated in our blend of spices, slow cooked then crispy fried,
served on a bed of mixed greens & sweet chilli
glaze

SOM TUM    £5.95

Shredded crispy papaya, carrots, fine beans, cherry tomatoes & peanuts muddled in lime, garlic & chilli dressing

HONEY GLAZED STICKY
WINGS  £3.95

Glazed with honey, sweet soy sauce & garlic

CRISPY VEGETABLE
GYOZA  £3.95 

Seasoned with ginger & fresh herb in crispy parcels

Egg fried
rice  £2.55

Steamed coconut rice £2.55

It arrived 30 minutes after ordering (they said 40 minutes max) and I was pathetically excited to see it was in cartons!! Like in America!! I have always wanted to eat “takeout” food from a carton like they do in the movies, surely I can’t be the only saddo there that feels like that?!

All of it was yummy, the vegetables and salad that accompanied the dishes were crisp and fresh and none of it was overly salty like a lot of Asian food can be.  If I had to criticise it I would say that the pork belly didn’t live up to its claim of being crispy, but it really didn’t matter, and, I got to eat out a carton like in the movies!  The portions were the perfect size in my opinion, substantial but not the enormous kind that leaves you with a slightly dirty feeling after you’ve cleared your plate.  They don’t do a meal deal which I think is a bit of a shame but other than that I have zero complaints and will definitely be visiting again.



Oreganos

19 Old Steine, Brighton 

Open 4pm ’til late

www,oregano.webnode.com

                                       

Now firstly I have to confess the pizza pictured above was a freebie… due to the fact that the last pizza I had from there had an extra topping of three large pieces of plastic!  In their defence, we rang them as soon as it happened and they offered to send a replacement immediately or give us a free pizza the next time we ordered so we opted for the latter.

The original order was for a “party feast” which includes any Super size pizza from the menu, stuffed potato skins, garlic bread, large bottle of drink and a dessert- all for £16.90 which I think is brilliant value, especially given the quality and varied menu.

The pizza above is a proscuitto crudo: tomato base, mozzarella cheese, proscuitto, rocket and shaved parmesan.  It is very remniscent of a Pizza Express pizza and actually, just as tasty. 

The garlic bread is 4 slices of standard garlic baguette, nothing to rave about but fine, totally edible. The potato skins are what lets it down a bit, they’re dry, don’t have enough cheese and don’t come with a dip so make sure you have condiments to hand if you don’t want to pay extra for sauces. The dessert selection isn’t huge so I paid an extra quid for a pizza base smeared in nutella and hazelnuts which I then covered in squirty cream. I did take a picture of it but it seems to have disappeared from my phone.

In terms of value and quality combined I don’t think Oreganos can be bested… Pizza face is apparently amazing but fairly pricey, only has one size of pizza and currently doesn’t offer any sort of meal deal.  

Since posting this there has been an enormous outcry in my Twitter feed from people saying that La Cucina is in fact the best pizza in Brighton.  I DO really like La Cucina, but it is considerably more expensive.  A couple of others that have been mentioned are Paul’s Pizza and Pronto in Tavola… I trust all of these peoples’ opinions but in order to decide we are going to have a to have a massive “pizza off”- I will report back as soon as this market research has taken place.  


I‘d just like to state now though I did say that for quality and value combined I believe Oreganos can’t be bested.


BBQ Shack

All contact details and menu on their Facebook page

BBQ Shack began from a tiny little building near the viaduct but as it’s popularity increased it started operating from The Albert pub- this didn’t work out for them so they moved to the World’s End pub on London Road.  The latter move wasn’t hugely popular given that the pub and its location are arguably among the grottiest in Brighton…  Nevertheless it’s popularity and notoriety continued to grow and they have now opened a second kitchen at The Globe pub in the South Lanes, where they serve a slightly paired down version of the menu available at The World’s end.  They also serve what I’ve heard to be lovely roasts.

The above photo isn’t the best advert for the delights that BBQ Shack is capable of churning out.  We ordered the above takeaway from The Globe at 8:30 on a busy Friday night when they were due to shut the kitchen in 30 minutes. Mr P&P rang through to order it and went to pick it up… he came back red faced and indignant with rage due to the service he’d received throughout (and he is far less particular about this sort of thing than I am)  and was even more enraged when he saw the portion sizes* (pictured above)

Anyway I shan’t dwell on the negatives because this is meant to be a positive review!  I would highly recommend the pulled pork sandwich (above) the rib sandwich and also the beef brisket sandwich too.  Other than the above picture the portion sizes have always been incredibly generous… and if you are a regular reader of this blog you will know I am INCREDIBLY greedy!  Their own recipe of BBQ sauce is to die for, so popular that they used to sell bottles of it (not sure if they still do).

Although the photo and some of my comments don’t really back up my stating that this is one of the best takeaways in Brighton, out of about 7 meals from here this is the only one that I have anything bad to say about.  I actually tweeted the owner a photo of the meagre portion size and he got in touch straight away offering to send me a voucher and listing his phone number so I could call and discuss the issues in more detail- you can’t ask for more than that.  The pulled pork sandwich is £6.45 and a portion of chips and (3) onion rings is an additional £2.50.

There are numerous other reviews which rave about this place (and are probably a far better representation of what they’re capable of) here.

They DO NOT deliver.  After a lot of negativity on Facebook re their delivery service, the increased cost of petrol and various other reasons  the owner John has withdrawn this option.  Forever.  I personally used the delivery service on many occasions and never had any problems at all.



Shanghai Garden

George Street (just off St James Street)

No website and only out of date menus elsewhere online.

I discovered this little gem on the stagger home from an all day drinking sesh… but please don’t let this cloud your judgement!  Mr P&P, who doesn’t even like Chinese food (annoying) demolished the remains when sober and said it was delicious.

I had the Shanghai special mixed platter (pictured left) which included chicken spring rolls, BBQ ribs, sesame prawn toast and crispy seaweed.  Easily enough for two, I thought the £6.50 price tag was really reasonable.   

The honey chilli pork tasted of exactly that, no overwhelming MSG flavour (although you can tell from the colour it almost certainly contains some) and the batter surrounding the meat had rather cleverly remained crispy despite being liberally covered with the sauce.  Again, for the price tag, £4.50, I was massively impressed. 

The noodles were supposed to be singapore chow mein…. I don’t think they were, I think they were chicken chow mein, but either way they were really nice and the vegetables within it were still crunchy rather than the usual, flaccid and slimy ones you usually get in noodle dishes like this.  It was a massive portion, particularly given that it only cost £4.

They deliver for free within 3 miles on orders over £10. There is a £1 delivery charge for over 3 miles.

*I’m not sure why, but the spacing on this part of the post seems to have gone mental and I can’t sort it out, REALLY BLOODY ANNOYING*


A couple more…

I wouldn’t like to class these as my “favourite/best” but I think I should give them a mention

There
is a Mexican takeaway on Western Road called El Taco which is OK.. but
only OK, they make no secret at all of the fact that everything is
microwaved but I believe it’s the only place that does Takeaway Mexican
food, if I’m wrong then PLEASE comment below because I would love to try
an alternative!

For
Caribbean food there is a place on London Road called “Cummin
up”… I have extremely mixed feelings about this place, firstly because
of the porno spelling of the name but mainly because the food is pretty
hit and miss.  The first time I ate there it was excellent, I had the
fried chicken, rice & peas and mac & cheese.  The second time I
had the jerk chicken with rice & peas and it was incredibly dry, the
kind of dry that can only be achieved by leaving food to sit around for
HOURS. 

I went to give it another go last week but walked straight back
out again, the whole place stank of dirty cooking oil and it just looked
a bit… skanky.  The Bain-maries
where some of the food is kept on display were empty other than bits of
bone and rice floating about in the remaining water- I just found it
incredibly off-putting.

So there you have it, my opinion on Brighton takeaways.  Is anyone wildly opposed to my choices?  Does anyone think I am missing out on somewhere spectacular?  If so, please comment below as I am always up for trying somewhere new.

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9 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    April 27, 2012 / 10:10 am

    You missed out Pizzaface!

    • April 27, 2012 / 10:19 am

      I didn't!! "In terms of value and quality combined I don't think Oreganos can be bested… Pizza face is apparently amazing but fairly pricey, only has one size of pizza and currently doesn't offer any sort of meal deal. "

  2. Anonymous
    April 27, 2012 / 11:04 pm

    You need to get to pauls in the day. you might even get to see him making his fresh mozzarella! Pizza there is unreal!

  3. May 1, 2012 / 3:04 pm

    This is a great project. I wonder where these local history images can be seen on any other day?

    Takeaway Parts UK

  4. May 10, 2012 / 4:25 pm

    I understand what you're saying. I'm not disagreeing with you, I'm simply arguing the case that the defense could be significantly better next year.

    Takeaway Parts UK

  5. June 5, 2014 / 6:44 pm

    Cummin' up (as in growing up "this is just like the food we used to eat when we were cummin' up") is one of my favourite takeaways in Brighton! I especially like them as they offer an Ital menu and I have a fair few vegan friends. The curry goat is amazing and a huge portion with rice and peas for £5. Don't be put off by the pieces of goat bone in it, however….it adds loads of flavour 🙂 give them another chance!

  6. Holly Matilda
    December 19, 2014 / 8:56 pm

    Cummin Up really does seem to divide opinion! Some people really rate it, whereas my (only) experience of it was truly the worst takeaway food I've ever eaten.
    I have friends who live nearby so buy dinner there regularly and are fond of it but also state that it varies dramatically from visit to visit.
    It's a shame with a distinct lack of Caribbean food in Brighton, but of course consistency really is key with grub.
    Having stuffed my face with pizza last night (I'm a big fan of M&S chilled pizzas- way better than standard soggy supermarket pizza and much cheaper than ordering out. Not to mention an excuse to load up the fridge with their 3 for a tenner deal.), tonight I'm going to give Kemp Thai a go!

  7. January 28, 2016 / 2:06 pm

    I always prefer takeaway service. It really saves my time and I can concentrate on other things. When I get a chance, I order takeout online from different restaurants using ChefOnline website.

  8. December 22, 2016 / 4:13 am

    Great post!
    I'm a fast food lover and mostly use to order online takeaway like Chinese fast food, Indian Thalis and many more!!!

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