Thursday, 28 April 2016

Brighton Guide: Honest Food Gems

When picking restaurants, I'm sure many of us mistakenly think that if the design's fancy, the staff are good looking or the place has a trendy following, the food has got to be
amazing. But it's just not true. To me, places that don’t fuss over decor - up to a point - suggest that they’re thinking about the food over anything else – which means we'll be getting our money’s worth! Here are four honest food gems in Brighton, a list I'll be adding to as time goes on...

Proper Italian pizza – Best in Brighton!

I’ll never make it as a food blogger because I can’t remember to take a picture of the food until after I’ve started eating and messing up all the presentation. But it still looks pretty good even though I’ve made a mess of it, doesn’t it?

Well I’ll let you in on a secret. It’s from Pizza 500 – tiny, simple and rustic, this little restaurant is a local gem of Preston Park in Brighton. I’ve sent friends and actually received feedback that it was “the best pizza they’d ever had in Brighton, maybe ever!”

The friendly waiters couldn’t be more sweet – they let me choose whatever I want on my pizza with a warm smile everytime. It’s always filled with locals coming back for Italian comfort food at its best. Oh and that gelato...

Find Pizza 500 at 83 London Road, Brighton BN1 4QG.

Spoiled for Choice at the Friday Street Food Diner!

 You’ll find this place on every Friday in a little cut-through garden close to Brighton station. It reminds me a little of an East London food market – authentic, fresh as you can get, tons of choice – oh, except, it’s in Brighton of course. Freshly cooked dishes can be bought from the various stalls and eaten at little tables, on the grass if the weather’s nice – bring a picnic blanket – or why not take something yummy back to your office desk? You can choose from carby comfort food like Mac n Cheese, who doesn't like Mac n Cheese? There are Moroccan delights, pulled pork obviously, Vietnamese, Japanese, Indian street food... the amazing smell of the sizzling fish fry nearly knocked me over!

I’m a bit of a creature of habit and can’t never resist making a beeline to Deadgood Burrito for one of their naked burritos – basically tons of delicious burrito filling without the wrap – rice, beans, chicken, tomatoes and salad – heaped into a box, slathered in scrummy homemade guacamole and soured cream, and topped with a healthy dose of jalapeños.

Mr Ellie & Co opted for a delicious banh mi from the Vietnamese street food stand, CaPhe Republic

There he is tucking in – too fast, I didn't get the chance to actually take a picture of it! See, never going to make it as a food blogger. For dessert, I dare you to try one of the sugar-laden triple-layer delights from Honeycomb Cakes...

All in all it makes for an utterly charming Friday lunchtime. When you’re done, go snooping around the North Laines with its lovely Brighton-style boutiques.

Find Street Diner at The Brighthelm Centre Gardens, Queens Road BN1 1YD. Open every Friday from 11-3pm.

The Best Fish and Chips in the World Hidden up a Brighton Side Street.

There are sooooooo many fish and chip places in Brighton, it can be hard to know which ones are good. Luckily, Ellie & Co have just about tested them all (well almost). The Mister loves said dish so together, we've had so much over time that it all starts to taste the same, but at one place it's a totally different experience! 

The best and most special fish and chips I've ever tasted by a mile has been at one of the city's nicest, most unpretentious restaurants in Brighton. It's tucked up a quirky side-street off a bit of a dodgy main road a little bit out of town, is run by the friendliest family ever who fall over themselves to make you feel welcome, and has been serving Brighton since 1926. 

Their fish and chips was the freshest and most delicious I've ever tried and tasted magical, the chips piping hot and crisp, the grilled fish flaky and moist, oh, and you can order a glass of prosecco to have with your seaside platter! Perfect!

Find Bardsley’s Fish n Chips at 22-23a Baker Street, Brighton BN1 4JN. 

Fantastic Japanese noodles above a supermarket

There’s no pretense here, this place is about one thing and one thing only – eating great noodles and everything else is second. But that isn’t a criticism.

As you can see, it's tucked up a pretty dingy looking, unremarkable staircase above the Chinese supermarket it where you'll find this tiny little canteen restaurant and open kitchen. It’s old fashioned in its décor, but every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for lunch and dinner it serves up the most amazing steaming hot big bowls of ramen, as well as delicious sushi and dumplings.

Find E-Kagen at 22-23 Sydney Street, Brighton BN1 4EN. 

I’ll leave you with these four for the moment, I’m going to be very selective with this list and only recommend the best. But I’ll update this list every time I come across a new gem.


  1. Oh that street food fair-how I long to be there!

  2. Yum, I love being the Guinea Pig for these posts, also try...DoughBo, We Love Falafel, Sunbird Deli & Cafe Del Golfo (great coffee and cannoli)