Bus Stop restaurant in Brighton is a cosy little independent place serving Caribbean food with lots of flavour and plenty of options for both omnivores and vegetarians alike. I had a really lovely experience there last weekend which made me want to share it with all of you, too – I’d never heard of it before visiting, and I think that this place definitely needs to be shouted about more!
Bus Stop restaurant was founded in 2016 by Danny and Dominique who both had (and have!) a big passion for Caribbean food. There’s a lovely little passage from both on the restaurant’s website on why the area and its food means so much to them – you can have a little read here.
The space is quite small and cosy, but it’s what makes it feel so intimate. The whole feel of the restaurant is very friendly and relaxed, from the colourful interior to the service – it’s a place to go when you’re looking to have a good catch up with a friend or a long overdue date night with a partner.
Service can be a little bit slow (although once we had ordered our food and drinks, they did come quite quickly!), but they make everything up in friendliness – it’s not a place to rush things.
We started off with cocktails – me with a Cosmopolitan (forever pretending I live in the Sex and the City universe…) which had such a lovely sourness to it, and Mary with a virgin Pina Colada which tasted really fresh and sweet. Off to a good start!
The menu is divided into ‘Pickings’ aka tapas style light bites and ‘Mama’s Hand’ aka the mains, which include lots of classic meat dishes like jerk chicken, as well as three different vegetarian dishes such as pumpkin and potato roti.
There’s also a selection of sides to go with the mains (such as plantain and rice and peas) as well as a dessert list for the sweet-toothed (I’m personally eyeing the rumslide..!).
I went for the chickpea veggie wrap which consisted of a chickpea patty, roasted red peppers, lettuce and homemade tomato relish and was served with either spicy fries (I went for these, of course!) or a salad.
The price of my meal was £10 and it was a pretty big portion – there were two wraps, a little side of coleslaw and a good sized portion of chips. I ended up taking half of it home for lunch the next day, and I was still super full by the time I finished!
My friend Mary ordered two fish starters (fish goujons with amazing homemade tartare sauce and battered calamari) and the jerk chicken for her main. I didn’t hear any complaints from her either, except maybe that she was hoping there would have been a bit more jerk sauce on the chicken (it was served quite dry).
The chicken came with a choice of two sides, so we went for fried plantain and rice and peas (I say ‘we’ because I definitely stole some of the plantains from Mary’s plate…). The plantain was so good – I think it was deep-fried which made it extra naughty!
All in all, I would definitely recommend the Bus Stop – it’s very centrally located in Brighton (very close to the North Laines!), has really friendly staff and tasty food (and cocktails..!).
I love Caribbean food, but since going vegetarian it has been a bit more difficult to find places that have lots of veggie options on the menu, which means I’ll definitely be returning here to try their other offerings too! The pumpkin and potato roti sounds especially good..!