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
Nusa Kitchen, which has three shops in London, was established in 2004 by Patou Sekhon and her son Mark. The inspiration was one of Patou’s childhood memories of growing up in Singapore – the delicious soup served at her school tuck shop. My memories of the school tuck shop are cheap crisps and sweets, we certainly didn’t have home made soup! Nusa Kitchen originally served Asian inspired soups but has since expanded the menu to include salads, coconut rice boxes, breakfast and desserts. There is also a great choice of vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and dairy free options on the menu. Continue reading
JSW is currently one of a handful of Michelin starred restaurants in Hampshire and is located in the small market town of Petersfield. JSW are the initials of the restaurant’s chef and proprietor, Jake Saul Watkins, who attained his first Michelin star in 2002. We visited recently on a fine Summer evening for dinner. The restaurant is housed in a former 17th century coaching inn and is inviting and modern with crisp white tablecloths and wooden beamed ceilings. There are also a few elegant line drawings on the wall – the artwork opposite me was that of a female nude, a tasteful one of course! There is no background music which may be a little disconcerting if you’re one of the first to arrive. Continue reading
I am always on the look out for vegetarian restaurants and I had often walked past Amico Bio, a vegetarian Italian restaurant on Cloth Fair, near the Barbican. The restaurant is owned by an Italian family and uses organic ingredients. There are also plenty of gluten free and vegan options on the menu. There are two restaurants In London – the other is in Holborn. A vegetarian Italian restaurant certainly intrigued me – on my holidays to Italy, I don’t think I came across many exclusively vegetarian restaurants. Continue reading
Steki Taverna is a charming family run Greek taverna that has been established in Southsea in Portsmouth since 1998. The decor is inviting and similar to the tavernas you see in Greece – terracotta tiled floor, wooden tables and beams. They opened a second branch in Brighton in 2006.
Over the years, we must have sampled most items on the menu: as with most restaurants, some dishes are better than others and we are always drawn back to our favourites. There are a good number of meat, seafood and vegetarian choices. This is a good place for vegetarians – most of the hot and cold starters are suitable for vegetarians. Menu items include the usual favourites such as humous, moussaka, Greek salad and baklava. They do not serve one of my favourite Greek dishes sadly, spanakopita, but there plenty of other items to choose from. Continue reading
UPDATE 28th April 2015: This branch of Shiso has closed. The Crouch End shop is still open.
Shiso is a small, independent Japanese cafe tucked away on Long Lane near the Barbican. On the menu, you will find a selection of sashimi and sushi sets, gyoza, chicken katsu, noodles, teriyaki and Japanese tea. Vegetarian options include vegetarian sushi, gyoza and noodles. The style is self service and very much like the chain, Wasabi – the sushi are already pre-packaged and displayed in a fridge for you to take to the counter. The hot dishes are ordered at the counter too and are also already prepared. Shiso is very popular at lunchtime and there is often a queue of people, usually ordering food for takeaway. There are three or four small tables to eat in but they do get nabbed very quickly. The turn over is fairly quick however. The food can sell out quickly too – once it’s gone, it’s gone 🙂 Continue reading