This post has come about because I’m well behind on my favourite things posts, was putting together a mega one, but there were far too many restaurants in there and I couldn’t bring myself to omit any of them! So instead, I lumped them all into a separate post, leaving the cooking and lifestyle bits for my usual Sunday favourites, and I think I might stick to this format every month now- let me know what you think in the comments section below, please.
So here we are, a whistlestop tour of where I’ve been eating, and loving, in June. I hope you enjoy.
Oh, and for all you loves of my negative reviews, I’ve had terrible experiences at The Basketmaker’s Arms, Rockola and Eatalio during this time too… more on those coming up!
*indicates a complementary meal.
Nuposto West Street, Brighton, BN1
Some of you may remember the challenge I’ve been undertaking for the last year or so, to find the best pizza in Brighton and Hove…. and guess what, I’ve found it! I’ve been back twice in two weeks to be entirely sure of this statement before making it, but, by jove, I think we’ve found it! Enter Nuposto, the self proclaimed ‘Neapolitan Pizzeria in the heart of Brighton’… the ‘heart’ being West Street, but Brightonians, please please see past its insalubrious location and go fill your chops with pizza that makes most of the others we’ve tried, pale into insignificance. I’ll be posting a full review in the coming weeks but check out my pizza pal Fran’s rave review in the meantime.
Papa Pitta* Diplock Yard, North Road, Brighton, BN1
I posted a full review of this last week so I’ll keep it brief. Other than the lovely Archipelagos and the rather grim looking Steki, Brighton isn’t awash with options for this type of food. So for delicious Cypriot food with carnival vibes, head down to Papa Pitta in North Laine- I’ve yet to hear anyone say a bad word about it. Particular hits for me were the sausage, calamari, and unusually, the beetroot!
The Better Half* 1 Hove Place, Hove, BN3 2RG
I shan’t say too much about this as the full review is going up soon, but I went in for a three course supper a few weeks ago and thoroughly enjoyed myself. The assiette of desserts (done especially for me!) in particular was incredible, the staff were lovely and it’s got good vibes, man. I’m hearing good things about their roast offering too, so will deffo be back for one of those at some point. If you live that side of ‘the border’, or even if you don’t, it is well worth a look.
Jukes Bar & Kitchen 244 Portland Road, Hove, BN3 5QT
I recently reviewed the standard menu (not available Sundays) at Jukes Bar & Kitchen and absolutely loved it, and its sun trap of a garden. Last Sunday I headed there with my flatmate to try out their Caribbean Sunday roast. I went for a jerk pork/chicken combo and she had the Eschovich Bream and Sea Bass. Both came with rice & peas, cello, plantain, cho cho (LOL), fried dumpling and side salad. Really nice alternative to the usual Sunday roasts on offer across the city but probably not a great option for the less adventurous. All in all we both really enjoyed it, look out for a full review in my next roast post.
Bincho Yakitori Preston Street, Brighton, BN1
My most recent review and definitely one of my favourite places I ate this month. Bincho Yakitori is a Japanese on Preston Street, and you mustn’t let that put you off, it’s a little gem. The menu is printed every week and the specials board changes daily- expect to see a lots of grilled and unusual cuts of meat, healthy but action packed salads and lots of things on skewers- all at affordable prices with the most expensive menu item not exceeding £7. Very definitely the best reason to visit Preston Street.
Street Diner Brighthelm Gardens, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1
It’s been a while since I gave Street Diner some P&P lovin’ and as I’ve not been working Fridays recently I’ve been a regular down there, at two stalls in particular; Honeycomb Cakes and Sultan’s Delights. Both are owned and run by thoroughly lovely women, who have catered to my sweet and savoury needs for years now. Remarkably Oz from Sultans Delights sells vegetarian and vegan food, not usually ever my first choice (rampant carnivore) but her lunch boxes are the thing I go back for time and time again. Above is a kind of baked egg dish served with flatbread, salad and one of her delicious spinach and feta boreks, possibly my favourite out of the dozens of variations I’ve tried. Becky from Honeycomb Cakes is about all things sweet and sells enormous slabs of the most incredible cake you have ever eaten, as well as GF friendly versions and the mountains of brownies she makes sell out every week. I even saw a photo on Facebook earlier of a ‘brownie bar’ she’d done for a private function, dreamy, dreamy stuff. Definitely check them both out.
Noodles Soup 37 West Street, Brighton BN1 2RE
I met an extremely health conscious and vegetarian friend here a couple of weeks ago to line our stomachs before a night out. I went for the Spicy korean soup with flat noodles and prawns and pork dumplings, the soup was incredible, and the dumplings were ok. Rose had the spicy Laksa with tofu (or tofeww as I like to call it) and pak choi and said it was everything that she could have wanted, high praise indeed. The service, as ever, was very definitely ‘no frills’, but who cares, it’s a quick, delicious and cheap fix. I highly recommend.
Coggings & Co 87-93 Dyke Road, Brighton BN1 3JE
Realistically, if I want a to eat a burger, in a restaurant it’s going to be in one of two places.. and this is the other one. It’s my third visit in a year to Coggings & Co, and each time has been consistently brilliant. I had a cheese and bacon burger sharing the sides with my two friends who’d never been before, and they were suitably impressed. Special shoutout must go to the courgette fries and the perfectly cooked burger as well. If you want it delivered I think you can do so through Deliveroo.
Warung Tujuh, Pool Valley, Brighton, BN1 1NJ
I was introduced to Warung Tujuh last year by my friend Christina who is a massive fan and wrote a rave review of it at the time, so decided to see how it fared as a takeaway. I ordered virtually the same thing via Deliveroo, and it came within 40 minutes at peak time on a Friday night, which I thought was impressive. Obviously some dishes are affected in transit more than others (anything in batter), but we easily and happily cleared our plates. We ordered chicken in a cashew gravy, a whole squid stuffed with prawn, herbs and lemongrass and starter selection too and they were all were as good as I remembered from my previous meal there. I’d pick this over Chinese food or most of the Thai offerings in Brighton any day. Big thumbs up from me.
Solera d’Tapas 42 Sydney Street, Brighton, BN1 4EP
This technically wasn’t in the last month but it’s a review I still haven’t got around to writing so thought it deserved a mention. I’ve tried nearly all of the tapas offerings in Brighton, and whilst I do love Agua Dulce, this really does trump it. Expect to see all the usual suspects, croquettes, Patatas Bravas, Padron peppers and the like, but they also do some more unusual dishes with pigs cheeks, venison and other seasonal ingredients. I’ve eaten here loads in the past, but was put off by a 1/5 scores on the doors rating, but that’s been updated to a 5, sticker proudly displayed on the front door. So go forth and eat tapas, at bargain prices washed down with delicious sangria.
Where was your best Brighton food this months ? Any other pubs or restaurants you’d like to see me review? Please do comment below or tweet me, I always love hearing your recommendations for places to eat x