Food for Friends
Situated in the heart of the Brighton Lanes, Food for Friends is a landmark in its own right. This Brighton institution has been delighting diners with its outstanding vegetarian cuisine for over 35 years. Since it first opened, the restaurant has progressed from a café-style venue to a fine dining restaurant without the pretensions usually associated with such a place. The atmosphere is relaxed and inviting, while the interior, with its calming colour palette, is a stylish and serene environment in which to dine. Large windows flood the dining room with light, making this a prime spot from which to watch the world go by.
The food is as exceptional as you’d expect from a restaurant that boasts many accolades and has held a place in The Good Food Guide for five years running. The menu changes seasonally and makes use of fine locally sourced ingredients wherever possible, and there’s a focus on nutritious, nourishing food. Meat-eaters and vegetarians alike will be delighted by the inventive dishes on offer – you certainly won’t miss the meat. Because everything is made from scratch in-house, the kitchen can easily cater for all dietary requirements; there’s a range of vegan and gluten-free options. Starters might include the likes of burrata and crown prince pumpkin with pumpkin purée, furikake, pickled apple and orange tamari dressing. Meanwhile, main courses such as the flavoursome cauliflower falafel served with hemp and bulgur wheat tabbouleh, hummus, turmeric-pickled cauliflower, pardon peppers and piquillo romesco sauce are sure to impress. Desserts like chocolate and coconut delice accompanied by chocolate cookie crumble, banana toffee and caramelised banana sorbet will end proceedings on a high. The exceptional Sunday roast is also worth visiting for – booking is highly recommended.
There’s a fantastic selection of wine sourced from local suppliers and beyond, as well as a popular selection of cocktails that have earned Food for Friends an enviable reputation. They’re made using fresh, homemade infusions and syrups, and new cocktail menus are developed regularly to ensure the offering is contemporary and seasonal. There’s also a range of non-alcoholic cocktails, and nutritious smoothies.