Food for Friends

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Vegetarian / Vegan

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Good Vegetarian Options
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 2016 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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AP
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I’ve been coming here for years and after moving to Cornwall, I was really looking forward to our visit. Sadly, the restaurant is on the decline. Our food took forever to arrive. The burger was ok, a bit like a homemade black bean burger, but inferior to the many vegan burgers now available in supermarkets. The laksa was very spicy, which was great, but it was mostly broth with very little veg. or noodle. I suspect the delay was caused by the kitchen running out and they diluted the dish with more broth to feed us.

The restaurant was not as busy as previous visits, so maybe other customers have decided not to return.

EC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was delicious, can’t fault the food. Sadly cut our meal short seated next to a couple of young families, in the rear of the restaurant. It was too noisy for our date night so we skipped pudding.
Service alittle slow for an early Saturday evening. But great job on the menu

PA
Brighton
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very enjoyable meal on Saturday 14th September. Service was friendly and food was delicious. Would go again.

B
London
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and Arleta looked after us really well

SD
London
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

My previous experiences of FFF have been very good but something was definitely amiss on the evening I visited with a friend and we found it very disappointing. We arrived on time at 7.45 and gave our order at around 7.55, for a shared starter of hummus and warmed flatbread followed by a Malaysian Laksa for me and a risotto for my friend. By 8.30, having been in the restaurant for 45 minutes, our starter hadn’t arrived. We enquired and were told the restaurant had become “inexplicably busy” and our starter had been delayed. Our section of the restaurant was actually only half-full, so that seemed an odd explanation, particularly given how easy it is to make hummus and warmed flat bread, but we were understanding. By 8.45, the starter had still not arrived. I asked the man on reception, who happened to be nearby, and he told us our starter had been given to another table!! I said okay, but how long does it take to prepare hummus and flatbread and surely another could be quickly prepared? He was not particularly friendly or apologetic, but did say my wine would be on the house as a gesture of goodwill (my friend not drinking). The hummus finally arrived at 8.50. The mains arrived afterwards in a timely fashion, although my laksa not very “substantial” for a main course, and my friend’s risotto very stodgy. I ordered a dessert as I was still hungry, which was very good. When the bill came, we had to send it back as they hadn’t deducted the drinks as they said they would. As we departed, despite the disappointing experience, we smiled and said thank you to the man on reception. His farewell could only be described as “frosty”. Hardly bothered to say goodbye, no further apologies for the appalling service and no smile. Given that we had been very polite, even when complaining about our no-show food, I thought a friendlier reaction would have been in order. As a result, we will not be going back, which is a shame as it’s always been so reliable.

GM
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was great. Service not so good. Not friendly, sat two other groups down after us and served them water and drinks before even coming to us. Waitress could hardly crack a smile. Terrible

OT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a fabulous evening and dinner at Food for Friends. The food was delicious - so many great menu options it was hard to choose. Beautiful building, great ambience including the uplifting background music. Service was fantastic. We’re already looking forward to visiting again!

YY
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Very disappointed that the menu had not changed so far as mains were concerned since our last visit. Burger was not the best and not worth the money. Service not as good as previously and no sooner had we paid our bill we were told the table was required by others even though there was an empty table next to us. We paid the service charge but did not feel the service we had warranted this in full. Overall not up to standards we had previously experienced and not minded to rush to book again for a while

DL
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always excellent, top quality Vegetarian and Vegan food

CA
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My partner booked as a birthday meal, we took our 1year old, staff were brilliant and had high chair already set out there was a definite vibe with other diners that children weren't welcome despite a 4.30 reservation.
Food was amazing, service great would recommend.

DO
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, lovely food, and friendly staff
Danny

NO
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely food and good service. Although I booked some weeks ago we were originally put in the smallest, darkest uncomfortable table and had to be asked to be moved. Would recommend this table is only used for your diners in emergencies.

D
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was decent but not quite as good as I expected. I anticipated fine dining but this was more like good pub food.

f
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Lovely vegie food and friendly attentive service, but we had a ridiculously tiny table, could hardly fit everything on it ! And the decor/ambience was a bit boring. Def still recommend it just for the food and service.

L
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Always a good bet for great food at a very reasonable price. Delicious vegetarian food will appeal to even the most dedicated carnivores. Full and exotic flavours, great portion size and wide range of options make this an absolute treat. Good wine list with lots of organic options. Service was very good.

PH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, friendly staff and really cute place. It was my BFs birthday and they help make it very special with their birthday platter :)

JT
London
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Gorgeous food in chic, stylish surroundings. Will definitely be going back next season to try their latest menu!

1
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Tofu was delicious, I thought my mango salad had a bit too much dressing and chilli in it but that’s personal preference. Very nice waitress lovely restaurant.

LC
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were really impressed with the restaurant which we chose to visit for my sons birthday on a day trip to Brighton. The staff were great and the food was lovely. Such a good choice!

R
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a lovely evening here - great food and atmosphere - with very friendly and helpful service.

DT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food for Friends has been my favourite restaurant in Brighton for years and never disappoints. We chose a selection of the small plates and each one was amazing.

OM
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

To expensive a salad should not cost £14.50. The staff were rude and there was very small options. For the same price as a 5star restaurant such as the Ivy the whole so experience was very poor and I was surprised by this due to the restaurants reputation.

DT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent lunch outside in the sunshine. Service was excellent, lovely rose wine also. Will be back. Have not eaten in FFF for some years but have been twice in the last couple of weeks, and will I think go on the list of regular haunts.

HG
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Beautifully prepared delicious veggie and vegan food with some innovative twists. Just a bit gutted the Thai cauliflower had sold out

TY
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We booked a table and enjoyed brunch. The menu seemed different to the website slightly. The drinks were far too small for the price paid, we were sat beside the noisy coffee machine so often got interrupted and loads of people kept walking in from the Lanes entrance. Not as pleasant as an evening meal. Food was okay but I’ve had better brunch to be honest.

D
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Delicious vegan food and drinks. Food is presented well and tastes as good as it looks. Interesting cocktail menu and good choice of vegan deserts.

SH
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Another repeat visit. All good. Well worth trying and we will be back again soon

DB
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Lovely venue and peaceful outdoor dining area, service was very slows down we were forgotten about several times. Food was great though just a bit lot attention to customer care needed.

TP
London
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Friendly staff and delicious food! What more could you ask for?

AP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

This was our third visit. We enjoyed what we had but were disappointed that the Brunch menu seems to have replaced the wonderful unusual dishes that we had when we first visited for an evening ,meal about two years ago. Then there were some lovely unusual really high quality vegetarian food using unusual ingredients like tempeh. This visit, everything we had was nice but there was less choice and less unusual dishes.

J
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service and food, with a suitable wine list. A lovely building in an interesting part of Brighton, allowing one to feel very much part of the citie's vibe. Only gripe was the seats could do with a bit of cleaning and the gents hand dryer was virtually useless

H
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Probably some of the best things I have ever put in my mouth!!!! So much so went back for brunch the next day. Awesome flavour sensations.

FB
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

I was really disappointed with my evening at food for friends treating a friend there, I had been a few years ago and loved it so it is just a shame that it has gone down hill especially having such a good reputation.
We ordered our drinks when we ordered our food, which we asked two waitresses about as no drinks came.
There was no apology when we asked about them and then they did not come to the table until we had almost finished our food.
The cauliflower dish was fantastic but all the others were fine but not very interesting
I hope they can develop their team into re-earning their reputation for one of the most famous restaurants in Brighton

J
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We chose Food For Friends for a date night and we absolutely loved it. The food is to die for! We shared one main dish between us along with three small plates, and we were so glad we did as we were able to try so many different dishes - each one was delicious. The atmosphere was lovely and the service fantastic. Highly recommend!

JS
New England
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent meal here and enjoyed the food very much. Would recommend!

PC
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had one night in Brighton and I chose this restaurant because it looked interesting and different with creative dishes. We were very impressed with everything we experienced. The restaurant is located in a delightful part of the Laines and looks very inviting even from the outside. We had a reservation and we’re greet warmly and asked if we were happy with our table- we were. The menu had many really interesting and unusual dishes which made it difficult to choose. Everything was extremely tasty; the three starters were absolutely delicious and the burger was one of, if not the best veggie burger I had ever tasted and I’ve been vegetarian for 35 years. The wine was good and the service excellent! What a shame I live in London and can’t eat here more often!!! I thoroughly recommend Food for Friends

NC
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food. I am not vegetarian but eating at a restaurant like this made me feel I would not miss meat. Had a fantastic shared platter and a couple of great sides. Service was attentive and friendly. Could not really fault and would certainly recommend. I suspect you would need to book. We did and it was full when we got there.

AT
West Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food delicious, full of flavour, beautifully presented, would thoroughly recommend the Bao Buns, Porcini Arancini and the Hummus. The biodynamic Reisling was equally delicious.

NK
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. So good to have a choice of desserts at a vegetarian/vegan restaurant. Was very impressed the waitress asked about allergies. Never had that before at any restaurant. As someone with a non life threatening allergy I usually just put up with unpleasant symptoms from eating contaminated products. This time I didn't have to.

J
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Booked online 10 days in advance with email outlining my food intolerances as suggested to do on their website. This hadn’t been acknowledged as after much discussion from the manager with the chef they came up with the halloumi salad without the halloumi and replaced with cauliflower. So I had a large plate of salad leaves with loads of mango and avocado and then spicy cauliflower! This was my only option from the entire menu which I didn’t enjoy. Disappointed with the food and the service as it felt like we had been ignored.

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