In honour of National Vegetarian Week, I thought it was fitting to write a post about Iydea, one of Brighton’s most popular vegetarian cafés. Iydea has won a number of accolades including the Brighton and Hove Foodie Award and the Vegetarian Society Award. I love the food here and needless to say, it is one of my favourite places to go to for lunch or an informal early dinner. On the menu is an eclectic mix of homemade vegetarian and vegan food with a number of gluten free options – there is no style or cuisine and you’ll find lasagne on the menu next to quiche and the Indonesian inspired gado gado (meat free versions of course!). Iydea is also licenced and have vegetarian friendly wine and beer on the drinks list. Continue reading
Type of food: Falafel
We Love Falafel (or to be precise, We ♥ Falafel) is one of my favourite places to go to for a delicious quick bite to eat in Brighton. As the name suggests, falafel, that wonderful Middle Eastern chickpea delight takes centre stage. There are usually 4 flavours on offer: original, sweet potato, beetroot and the daily special. The daily special has ranged from curry, Chinese five spice, Christmas nut roast and paprika – an eclectic mix! You can have your falafel served in one of five ways: a salad wrap, a salad wrap with halloumi, a cheese melt wrap, a salad box or a mixed falafel box. Each of these options have various accompaniments such as homemade houmous, a selection of salads and yogurt sauce. The specials tend to be accompanied with different sauces depending on the flavour – for example the Christmas special came with a cranberry sauce. There are also a couple of falafel free options – halloumi salad wrap and houmous and salad. Continue reading
There are many coffee shops in Brighton, from international chains to smaller chains such as the excellent Taylor St Baristas, to independent shops. If you are a coffee connoisseur, then a trip to Bond St. Coffee is a must: these folks take their coffee very seriously. Bond St. Coffee is an independent shop and is located (as the name suggests) in Bond Street in the North Laine. Their coffee is roasted by Horsham Coffee Roaster and they serve speciality coffees from around the world – the menu changes regularly. You will find expresso based drinks such as the Americano and wonderful long black and milk based espresso drinks such as latte and cappuccino on the menu. You can also have tea and hot chocolate too. They also serve a selection of cakes and pastries from local suppliers.
Near the top of Brighton’s North Laine in Gloucester Road, you will come across an intriguingly brightly coloured restaurant with a cartoon picture of a skull. This would be La Choza, a restaurant that serves Mexican street food. On the counter, there are tortilla chips and various salsas for you to try when you enter the restaurant. The salsas range from a mild green tomatillo salsa to a very hot naga chilli salsa.
It was a cold and dreary day and we fancied something filling so we opted for La Choza – I have often had a takeaway burrito or quesadilla to eat at my desk at lunchtime (a bargain at about £6) so I was more than happy to eat in. The restaurant is usually very busy and bookings are taken only for groups of 10 and more – you can expect to share a table if it is very busy (as we did). Continue reading