Lavash is a beautiful little restaurant in the North Laines area of Brighton serving tasty Middle Eastern street food suitable for vegans, vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. The name Lavash comes from the restaurant’s signature food and means a soft, thin flatbread. This flatbread is served as wraps or as a part of a mixed platter and is super yummy!
Lavash restaurant is quite a new sight in Brighton’s North Laines, though the owners have been working in catering for long before setting up a physical restaurant, so are by no means amateurs in what they do. Their signature flatbread is baked on premises daily and all the other ingredients are sourced locally from Sussex, which means you’re definitely getting the freshest of foods here.
There are a few beautiful little tables outside the restaurant, too, if you happen to get lucky with the weather!
I completely fell in love with the decor at Lavash. It’s very light with large windows, and the colours used are very pastel-y and gentle, too, with tiny pops of bright colour here and there. It’s a very beautiful and comfortable space to spend time in, and I imagine it also turns into a very cosy space during the dark autumn and winter evenings.
There are two floors to Lavash – the downstairs bit is a bit smaller and houses the kitchen and the deli stand (where you can also get their delicious food for takeaway) and the cosy upstairs bits with lots more tables. I liked sitting by the window in the downstairs area as it was a prime people-watching spot, but if you’re looking for a bit more privacy and cosiness, the upstairs area might be the right choice.
The menu at Lavash is simple: they do either wraps or open platters, either with meat or vegan/vegetarian toppings and all served with their signature lavash flatbread.
I opted for the vegetarian open platter which came with grilled halloumi, tzatziki (this was amazing!), falafel, hummus, roasted peppers, chilli sauce, red cabbage, onions and mixed leaves. It was all seriously SO, so good! I especially loved the tzatziki: it was so fresh and zingy, and worked as the perfect accompaniment to the salty halloumi pieces.
All the “pieces” of the vegetarian platter complemented each other perfectly, and they all worked together so well with the flatbread, too, which was beautifully light in its own right. I also loved the chilli sauce, which came in a little pot in the middle of the platter – it brought just the right amount of kick into each mouthful.
Jim ordered the Tzatziki and Falafel wrap, and he really enjoyed it, too. It was wrapped in the same lavash bread that I had on my open platter and was filled with lots of lovely tzatziki sauce which meant that the falafel didn’t feel too dry at all, which can sometimes be the case in other places.
My vegetarian open platter – yum!
Jim’s tzatziki and falafel wrap with a little side salad
All in all, we both really enjoyed our meals and would 100% go back! The latest Lavash is open is until 8 pm (Wednesday to Saturday), so it’s more of a lunch or an early casual dinner place, but what it does, it does very well. I can’t wait to try out more of their dishes – I think next time I’m going to give the vegan platter a go!
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