Well after a whirlwind few weeks since our festive break in Brighton i finally get to sit down and tell you all about it... first of all for those not in the know Brighton is packed with a plethora of vegetarian/vegan restaurants and believe me i wanted to try them all but time was of an essence and due to it being over Xmas and new year some of the places were closed for a few days so i did my research and had a little list of must go to places...most were for evening dining which we seem to lack here in the North East, don't get me wrong we do have choice within omni restaurants and there are a few vegetarian places open on evenings but we do lack some real grown up fine dining experiences serving up works of art on a plate with a flavour bursting menu to choose from.
Our first stop was Food For Friends which i must say was truly a place you would love go to with friends, perfect ambiance and a very attentive waiter whom was a delight and was more than just serving, advising us on the dishes in detail and suggesting wine choices. For starter I chose a wild mushroom and hazelnut pate with sourdough and a star anise gel as pate was one of the meat dishes i would eat when i did partake in meat many moons ago i felt a bit of nostalgia for it and it is not a dish i tend to choose when i go out as i felt that those i have had have been grainy and not really flavourful but this dish was sooo good i could have eaten it all over again. Great texture, flavour and presented beautifully... simple, classic and sure to please. Mr Pulp opted for the chestnut parsnip and Cumin fritters cerved with a cranberry relish and crispy kale, being the king of fritter making I have to say he was not really impressed with the taste and they were quite dry.. presented beautifully so 10 out of 10 for that but if it doesn't taste as good as it sounds Mr Pulp is not going to hold back...good job his main course was divine, Truffled Potato Gnocchi with artichokes, beets and lots of lovely tasting little bits and bobs.... i was jealous as it did taste better than my choice of Jerusalem artichoke fritters with a caramelised turnip gyoza, braised leeks, celeriac and pistachio puree and spice plum sauce..again the fritter let it down but everything else was tasty and beautifully presented.... with wine flowing myself and Mr Pulp engaged in deep conversation about opening a high end plant based restaurant up north (in our dreams of course or maybe if we won the lottery) and we did not want the night to end so desserts were ordered...Poached pear with chocolate cointreau mousse, orange powder and a flax and chia seed snap for the Mr and I had a Maple and muscovado parfait with a caramelised pistachio crumb and a cardomom and clementine sorbet YUM YUM...would be rude not too and it was exactly what it said on the tin too, bursting with flavour and beautifully executed....being new to the blogging world i got far to excited and forgot to take photos once we got past the main course...that and wine. All in all a great night was had and a great introduction to Brighton vegi food at its best. All i have to say about the evening scene is that most of the menus are very heavy in dairy and the vegan choice is generally subbed for tofu which is not my cup of tea so i did eat vegaterian for the duration of our break with a vow to go dairy free upon my return and there was a lack of totally plant based eateries for evening dining.... Root Candy i believe is the only plant based evening dining along with Vegan Food Pimp whom pops up on certain evenings at the Marlborough Pub and Theatre...sadly not on while we were in town. This was our first night of many to come and we were very impressed and it got our minds geared up for thinking out our first Future Food Bistro menu for 2017 which fitted in nicely with Canny Foods new venture into organising a north east wide Vegan restaurant week from the 23rd Jan to the 29th Jan..... so watch this space as our menu developing minds have gone into overdrive and hope to make it a regular occurrence. .....
Stay tuned for the rest of our brighton foodie experience
Miss Pulp x