My first post-lockdown brunch experience was in Brighton’s iconic vegetarian restaurant Food For Friends, and I couldn’t have chosen better! I’ve visited Food For Friends previously for dinner, which never disappointed, so I knew it was going to be a solid choice. I was still very pleasantly surprised by not only the quality of the food but also the service and the atmosphere.
Food For Friends has been operating in Brighton since 1981, and it seems only to be getting better every time I visit. Their menu is innovative, but accessible (meaning not too many strange ingredients!). It manages to be a good choice for a special meal for a special occasion, without feeling stuffy or full of itself. I’m not one for fine dining restaurants, so I love that Food For Friends is a totally credible option for a fancier night out, but still serves food on its menu that’s easy to pronounce and familiar to most!
We had booked a table for 10am, and were lucky enough to have a super nice and sunny morning, so asked to be seated outside on the little street behind the restaurant. This made us feel like we were on holiday in a Mediterranean country – such a lovely way to enjoy our first brunch in months!
We started off with drinks – my friend Steph ordered a oat milk latte by the local Wolfox roastery and said it was very tasty!
I went for a cloudy lemonade by Luscombe (I am OBSESSED with this brand – they also do a lime “lemonade” drink which you can find in a lot of organic shops like Brighton’s Taj!) which was so perfect for a hot sunny day.
The beautiful terrace and the gorgeous blue sky we were graced with – we felt so lucky!
For our brunch, we both opted for the vegan Sweetcorn and Courgette Fritters (£9.00 for a stack of 3) served with cherry tomato salsa and smashed avocado. Me being the halloumi enthusiast that I am, I also ordered a side of the squeaky cheese with my fritters, which set me back an extra £1.25 for two slices, so not too bad! The menu on the whole is pretty good value for money – nothing is over £10, and the portions are pretty sizeable.
The fritters were amazingly flavourful and so, so tasty! The only thing I would say is that they were quite salty, which is not a problem for me as I LOVE savoury food, but might be something to keep in mind for others. However, the smashed avocado and cherry tomato salsa are amazing accompaniments for the savoury fritters and act as the perfect balance for their saltiness.
Oh hey, it’s me! Trying to get my face in here a bit more and get out of my comfortable bubble a bit…