Food for Friends
Food for Friends

Food for Friends

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.foodforfriends.com/
  • Phone: 01273202310
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday 12:00PM - 6:00PM
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 6:00PM - 10:00PM Friday - Saturday 6:00PM - 10:30PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian / Vegan, Organic, Global, International
  • Executive Chef: Lisa Walker
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Food For Friends can bring our gourmet foods and menus to your event, large or small from an intimate dinner to a large wedding feast. We use organic produce as much as possible and all of our foods are GMO free. We can look after all your catering needs from service staff, crockery, cutlery, glasses to tables, chairs and kitchen equipment, even a cocktail bar person.
    To discuss your requirements and prices please contact us.
  • Private Party Facilities: Large group facility available for up to 22 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Ramin Mostowfi 01273202310
  • Entertainment: Live music 1st and 3rd Wed of every month 7-10pm

  • Special Events: Take a look at our new cookbook - Modern Vegetarian Cooking at Home at www.foodforfriends.com/book

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Lanes Car Park within 50m
    http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/index.cfm?request=c1000706
A word from Food for Friends
Food for Friends is nestled in the beautiful and historic South Lanes, just 2 minutes from the sea. The restaurant specialises in tasty, simple vegetarian dishes using fresh and local produce. The restaurant has secured a place in The Good Food Guide 2013 and also won the Brighton and Hove Foodie Awards 2012.



The restaurant caters for people with special dietary needs, there are vegan and gluten-free options for many dishes on the menu, as well as freshly baked vegan and gluten-free breads, cakes and scones every day.
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Food for Friends reviews from OpenTable diners
292 reviews since 27 May 2014
Average Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambience4.1
    Value3.9
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good vegetarian options (264)fit for foodies (179)special occasions (154)romance (96)pre/post theatre (58)sunday lunch (53)group bookings (42)brunch (42)outstanding value (38)afternoon tea (33)business meals (32)child friendly (27)disabled access (9)outdoor eating (7)Show More
  • Love this place
    lostinsussex
    Dined on 19/9/2014
    I love going to Food For Friends. Their menu is delicious, service is great, and the place is lovely
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    brunch, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outstanding value, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Good service and good food
    Adam
    Dined on 14/9/2014
    I'm a meat eater but my girlfriend is vegetarian. We came here for a romantic dinner and I loved the food..the choice was good with a nice variety. Service was very friendly. Only negative is that I checked the menu out online before going and knew what I would order..but the menu was different. However, the gnocchi I ordered was great. I would recommend this restaurant to vegetarians and meat eaters alike.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It gets better each year
    BigStan
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We have been regulars at Food for Friends for years. My wife is vegetarian, but as a meat eater I must say that the food here is so good that I don't miss the meat. The menu and food was always good but it was even better this year in our opinion. We now rate it as the best vegetarian restaurant in Brighton. The quality of the drinks are also in keeping with the high standards of this place. Staff are spot on with as much conversation or privacy as you want. And the prices won't bring tears to your eyes. It's not just another vegetarian, it's a top level quality restaurant which does as casual as you like, but without compromise on the food.
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    brunch, business meals, child friendly, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outstanding value, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Sadly disappointing !
    GingerMonster
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    This was our second visit to Food for Friends, The occasion was for a Birthday so wanted this to be special. All started well quite a good choice of food, Starters very tasty and well presented, we both ordered the same main course "halloumi Burger" thinking that this would be a clever twist on the theme ! How wrong could we have been! It arrived on the now very fashionable slate plater "What is wrong with a plate for goodness sake? " The Sweet potato chips were soggy and as with the burger VERY Greasy. We complained and was offered hot drinks as some kind of compensation ??? I Settled the bill but declined to pay the service charge but this was still charged. Not Happy about this when the food was not edible,
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    good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre
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  • Lovely experience overall
    Brightonbelle72
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Overall this is a great place to eat. I went with a friend who isn't vegetarian and he also enjoyed the food. The staff were attentive and the food was brought out quickly. I would say it would be nice if the menu changed a little more as I have eaten there a few times and much of the choices remain the same. That said the level of detail and overall presentation is great.
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    disabled access, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, romance, special occasions
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  • vegetarian food fit for a carnivor
    carnivor2herbivor
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    As a meat eater I am very particular about about vegetarian food. Food for Friends could convert me as the food is substantial without being stodgy and full of pulses! The choices are so interesting and different, I had trouble choosing - I will going back again soon to try other dishes. Highly recommended!
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    disabled access, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food
    Chris
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    I can't say a bad thing about the food. Its amazing. The woman who served us was a delight. The only let down? Tried to give a £10 tip on my £40 bill and the barwoman who took my card was tallking to her friend during and so only took what I owed. Sad times.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice food but small portions
    brightenbrighton
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Food was outstanding, especially the starters. I was left hungry, though, after a starter, main and dessert, and I'm not by most people's standards a huge eater. Service was exceptional, the ambiance was good - some tables are quieter than others. I love this restaurant and the food, just wish the portions were a little more generous.
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    good vegetarian options, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WONDERFUL FOOD
    Veggiefoodie
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Food for Friends does some of the most enjoyable and imaginative vegetarian views anywhere
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    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, disabled access, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Outstanding food - best in Brighton
    Elbow7
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    Vegetarian food that will change how you think about meat-free meals. So packed full flavour and textures that you won't even notice the absence of meat. It's not cheap but it's worth it for the quality of the food.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal at Food for Friends
    WoccaRocca
    Dined on 27/8/2014
    Had a wonderful lunch at Food for Friends. I am 8 months pregnant so was worried we might be seated in a cramp place, but we were given a lovely table with plenty of space. Service was polite, friendly and relaxing. Food was extremely tasty and well presented, particularly the fig and smoked cheese salad. They were also. They were also very accommodating in swopping some food - pine nuts were taken out at my request and the fresh mayo changed (due to pregnancy) to another sauce. Would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    brunch, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Imaginative vegetarian
    DerbyRam
    Dined on 26/8/2014
    Very pleased to return to this restaurant to try more of the wonderful range of dishes. This is an exceptional place for vegetarians but appeals equally to non vegetarians like us. There was a great variety in all courses, good wine list and imaginative cocktails, especially the after dinner ones. Friendly and efficient service with a lively atmosphere.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, special occasions
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  • Awesome with a capital A
    Jenjen
    Dined on 26/8/2014
    Went here with my mum and dad for my birthday- my dad was a bit nervous about how 'posh' it might be and whether he'd miss meat. Well the staff were warm, down-to-earth and couldnt have been sweeter nor more helpful. They made us all feel very at ease, especially when I couldnt pronounce the wine I wanted!! My dad cleared his plate and thought the food was brilliant. We havent stopped talking about our fantastic evening. Thank you all so very much (and a huge thank you to the lady who ran after us and gave my mum back her scarf!)
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vegetarian Virgin
    mark1989
    Dined on 24/8/2014
    This was my first time eating inside a vegetarian restaurant at 25 years old, something I would never have imagined doing 3/4 years ago. The food was excellent and at no point do you question the lack of meat. Indeed these dishes are not designed like many vegetarian options in pubs/restaurants to merely provide the same meal but substitute the meat for a veg option, these were carefully crafted meals put together with fine quality ingredients, i would paritcularly recommend a helping to the triple cooked sweet potato chips along side any main course.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, romance, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Veggiechic
    Dined on 24/8/2014
    We had a fantastic Sunday lunch, it is a great place to eat.
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    good vegetarian options
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second visit very disappointing...
    Choosydiner
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    We had one meal here before and really enjoyed it. But this time, it was disappointing, We waited ages to be seated and were then given the worst table before we asked to be moved. The cocktails were nice, but it went downhill from there. Mezze was tasteless except for 1 single tiny stuffed chilli. My pasta was quite tough - more al cardboard than al dente - and my partner's entree was no better. All the food was drastically under-seasoned. I am a veggie and use very little salt in cooking but even so, there was no real flavour. We skipped dessert. The £80 bill seemed OTT for a fairly poor experience. We walked back past 64 Degrees which was much more exciting for veggies for the same price. Back to there or Terre a Terre next time.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 19/8/2014
    We're not vegatarian but we love the food at Food for Friends.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nil by Mouth
    LH14
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    Waited 25 minutes for a booked table. Ignored by staff, not even an apology or 'would you like a drink whilst waiting?' Nil communication. Nil points.
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  • Friendly food
    colwoj
    Dined on 15/8/2014
    Very welcoming, excellent service and food was very tasty.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • exquisite vegetarian dining
    VeggieEmily
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    relaxed, contemporary ambience and friendly staff. Wonderful choice of veggie options; I spent ages choosing. Fig and ricotta salad had an exquisite mix of flavours, and I couldn't fault the delicious baked aubergine. I finished with a lovely raspberry cheesecake. I don't like restaurants adding the 'optional service charge' to the bill for you but otherwise no complaints at all; great evening
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good reputation but...
    vegetarianwithchildren
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I was disappointed. It was not very clean, especially the loos, there was no atmosphere and some of the staff tried hard but the overall feel was a little cold - like my cocktail, all a bit flat.
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  • Delicious food fayre
    rachpg
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Food for Friends serves sophisticated and beautiful vegetarian and vegan food - yet it would undoubtedly be a winner with even the most stalwart of carnivores. Great service, value for money and ambiance. A must-visit.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely family meal
    SuzyG
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    6 of us had lunch here for a family get together. There was a kids menu and staff were very accommodating to requests. The reasonably priced non-alcoholic cocktails made them feel like it was a special occasion without it costing the earth. Food and service, as always, was fabulous. We didn't have desert as the sun was shining and an ice-cream on the beach was too tempting but they looked delicious! Such a great restaurant. Always look forward to going back.
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    afternoon tea, brunch, child friendly, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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  • Vegetarian delight for meat eaters
    DomBunny
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    The food was well presented and delicious. The menu had a choice of al la carte or a set menu but we chose off the menu. The chocolate sharing plate was excellent value for money and was lush! Will return next time I'm in Brighton.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flavour fest!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    This was the best meal out we have enjoyed for years. The flavours were sublime, service excellent, price very reasonable. Who needs meat when veggie can taste like this? Oh- I'm and not a vegetarian!
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vegetarian Delight
    LupeeLu
    Dined on 29/7/2014
    This was our 2nd visit. On our 1st visit we were totally bowled over by the sheer quality,variety and imaginative, excellently cooked vegetarian food. I'm not sure we chose as well on this visit, but there seemed less choice. Overall, we had delicious food but felt it was a little overpriced. Our table was quite small and wasn't quite so private this time so the ambiance felt a little less special. It was unfortunate that our 2nd experience here wasn't as awesome as our first but then maybe i'm nitpicking? !! Would thoroughly recommend - their food far outshines most things I've eaten ! My partner is (sadly) a carnivore and even he loves eating here!
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    good vegetarian options, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • friendly knowledable staff
    foodie
    Dined on 29/7/2014
    Thoroughly enjoyed my meal with two friends but dont go if your in a hurry, we were there 3 hours. the staff are great, very friendly and recommended a lovely vegan pudding. They served us the wrong starter but were very apologetic and let us have both starters and continued to apologise all night and offered a free tea or coffee after our meal
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flight risk
    Fholder
    Dined on 21/7/2014
    Our meal was overall above average: we ordered from the set menu, the food was excellent, the service friendly. It's very unfortunate that, once the mains had arrived, my mother found a 10cm-long grey bird feather dressed with her spinach. The dish had to be removed from the table and was not replaced. Accidents can happen to the best of kitchens. However, I was disappointed that the manager only offered a complementary dessert - considering we'd planned to have the set menu anyways and that we were then charged full price for the other dishes, we basically spent the same amount. Not much of a compensation for such a gross health risk - I feel it would have been more appropriate to offer my mother's meal on the house.
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  • Awesome
    Shaans
    Dined on 12/7/2014
    This restaurant is by far my favourite... And, I'm an omnivore! Hubby and I use "Food for Friends" as our grand surprise for visiting friends and family. There hasn't been a single occasion where the response of the newcomer hasn't been anything but awe.
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    veganfriendly
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I have been to Food for friends many times over the years. I go with a vegan friend who was disappointed in the number of vegan options - there are only two and the coconut curry has, in both our opinions gone downhill. Also there are few vegan dessert options - being intolerant of dairy it makes desserts difficult, but I think they need to try new ones here that are dairy free, particularly considering more people are becoming aware of intolerances. Otherwise it is a nice atmosphere apart from the baby screaming at the next table. They have a good range of organic and vegan wines and beers which was great. I don't think I'll be going back in a hurry which is a shame - the food they have is simple, but the menu is a bit tired.
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  • great veggie food
    rach2510
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    the food was delicious, lots of choice and the staff were friendly and helpful but not overbearing, the atmosphere was friendly and relaxed but it was perhaps on the pricey side... good for a treat though. good signposting of the food, eg what is vegan, gluten free etc
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  • MELSussex
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Wonderful food, the best vegetarian menu I have come across. Great Service and friendly staff.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Just wonderful!
    SuzyG
    Dined on 30/6/2014
    Had lunch here during the week. The service was fabulous and the food was delicious. Relaxed by efficient. So many nice touches to the whole experience that make it a bit special.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, child friendly, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fab veggie food & great service
    Mellen
    Dined on 24/6/2014
    Relaxed atmosphere, fun, chatty staff and amazing food. Totally blown away by the range, quality and value of the menu. Thank you for a lovely evening.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice meal but...
    ghita
    Dined on 21/6/2014
    Shame there were not more vegan options. I think it says a lot when the food part of the menu is 2 pages long and the drinks menu is 6 pages long...
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb veggie cuisine
    fof9l
    Dined on 17/6/2014
    The best words to describe this restaurant - which we saw in a review that persuaded us to book - are - "Veggie food for non-veggies". We went with two friends who like their meat, and who are not particularly adventurous when it comes to food, and after the meal, Bob told us that he was really glad we'd brought him because he never would have come on his own. It opened his eyes to what superb veggie food could be. The menu was very inviting, lots of different food combinations, very tasty, superb presentation - even my lactose-intolerant, gluten-free wife who wants low-calorie food found that she had many choices. Friendly service, an excellent evening. We'll definitely be back.
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    disabled access, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, special occasions
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  • need to move closer
    jackieg
    Dined on 16/6/2014
    I can only visit this restaurant when I am at conference as I live in the frozen north. Even though I'm on my own thus time I couldn't miss out a visit. Oh the food is outstanding. I had the ravioli. Absolutely delightful! Add to that the service and atmosphere and you achieve perfection.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outstanding value, special occasions
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  • Outstanding
    J2Rock
    Dined on 15/6/2014
    This is probably the best restaurant in Brighton, England and Europe! The food is so good! The only negative thing was that the airco was too cold. I would definitely go there again and recommend it.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing. Staff are so nice too!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Food is delicious. Favourite restaurant I'm brighton and so good for Vegans too.
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    child friendly, good vegetarian options, group bookings, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sosaj
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Food was good and service friendly although the restaurant is now much more cramped than our first visits so does not feel as special as it used to be.
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