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Food for Friends

4.5
4.5
3303 Reviews
£25 and under
Vegetarian / Vegan

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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Booked 36 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Vegetarian / Vegan, Organic, Global, International

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast Daily 09:00–11:45 Lunch Daily 12:00–17:00

  • Phone number

    01273 202310

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Tomas Kowalski

  • 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.<br />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: 01273 202310

Popular dishes

Menu

Nibbles

  • Mirin Marinated Crispy Tofu£4.50

    With homemade sweet chilli

    • Marinated Olives (Some Not Pitted)£4.00

      With confit garlic, rosemary & lemon

      • Selection of Breads*** *£4.00

        Served with extra virgin olive oil & dukkah

        • Beetroot & Harissa Hummus***£4.50

          Kale crisps & toasted sourdough

          Starters

          • Today's Soup* ***£5.50

            Served with toasted sourdough

            • Socca Flat Bread*£7.00

              Cashew cheese, basil & sunflower pesto, confit cherry tomato, caramelised onions

              • Avocado & Ruby Red Chard Salad*£7.50

                Linseed & cashew crispbread, hazelnut dukkah, black pepper cashew cream, pickled fennel

                • Burrata & Crown Prince Pumpkin£7.50

                  Pumpkin purée, furikake, pickled apple, orange tamari dressing

                  • Farro & Carrot Salad£6.50

                    With creamed tofu and harissa chimichurri

                    • Crispy Tapioca Auber Gine Tempura£7.50

                      Spiced Szechuan sauce, sesame salt, pineapple spring onions, chilli & coriander

                      Mains

                      • Cauliflower Falafel*£15.00

                        Hemp & bulgur tabbouleh, hummus, turmeric pickled cauliflower, padron peppers, piquillo romesco sauce

                        • Shiitake & Chestnut Mush Room Pie* **£15.50

                          Moroccan style warqa pastry pie with sauerkraut, potato & polenta gratin, port & date gravy

                          • Tempeh & Udon Ramen***£16.50

                            Szechuan tempeh sausage, sweet potato & courgette noodles, wild mushrooms, pak choi, samphire

                            • Goat's Cheese & Beetroot Salad* ***£14.00

                              Candy striped beet carpaccio, roast beet & horseradish puree, beet & apple relish, baked goat's cheese & hazelnut crumb

                              • Tagliatelle*£15.00

                                Jerusalem artichoke cream, almond sauce, shiitake mushrooms, topped with sumac crisps, walnuts & truffle oil

                                • Coconut Dhal£15.00

                                  Potato & onion pakora, green beans, toasted coconut, pickled onion

                                  Sides

                                  • Fine Beans£4.50

                                    Quinoa, toasted coconut

                                    • Fingerling Potatoes£4.00

                                      Miso mustard & sea salt

                                      • Handcut Chips**£4.00

                                        Garlic aioli and spiced salt

                                        • Green Salad£4.00

                                          Sprouting beans & sunflower seeds

                                          Last updated: 1 February 2022

                                          What 3,303 people are saying

                                          Overall ratings and reviews

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                                          4.5
                                          4.5 based on recent ratings
                                          • 4.5Food
                                          • 4.6Service
                                          • 4.5Ambience
                                          • 4.3Value

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                                          1. KT

                                            KatharineT

                                            London

                                            6 reviews

                                            3.0

                                            6 reviews

                                            Dined 1 day ago

                                            overall3food3service5ambience5

                                            The food we had was lovely but 2 of the vegan small plates we ordered were not available (we weren’t even told about one of them until we asked why it hadn’t arrived). There were no other dishes to substitute so we didn’t order as much as we would have done. Then the vegan dessert we wanted was also not available! I love this restaurant but this really wasn’t ok and puts me off returning with vegan friends

                                          2. NA

                                            NickieA

                                            Brighton

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined 1 day ago

                                            overall5food5service3ambience3

                                            Took a while to place our order and also for the drinks to arrive, but food was quick and a lovely touch with the birthday chocolates on a slate.

                                          3. FM

                                            FayeM

                                            London

                                            2 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined 1 day ago

                                            overall4food5service5ambience4

                                            Food was really good. Currently has scaffolding outside which of course impacts the aesthetic but was nice otherwise. Service good

                                          4. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            1 review

                                            3.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 2 days ago

                                            overall3food4service3ambience4

                                            Generally good but we asked for drinks to start with as we wanted to celebrate a few things but we didn’t get them (Prosecco) until the starters arrived which wasn’t what we wanted. To be honest felt quite rushed, probably to get another booking in. Not good when you’re paying a lot of money in a nice restaurant. Disappointed

                                          5. PO

                                            POKERFACE

                                            Brighton

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 2 days ago

                                            overall5food4service5ambience5

                                            VERY GOOD WAITRESS . MY FRIEND LOVED THE BIRTHDAY MESSAGE IN CHOCOLATE . WE LOVED THE EDIBLE FLOWERS .

                                          6. PJ

                                            PerryJ

                                            Surrey

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 2 days ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Fabulous food. We were very impressed. Staff were lovely. Atmosphere was great! I wish we had a vegan restaurant like this closer to where we live. We will defiantly be returning when we visit Brighton again.

                                          7. GD

                                            GraceD

                                            London

                                            3 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined 3 days ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Beautiful setting, food was delicious and very filling. Catered well for gluten free.

                                          8. LG

                                            LizG

                                            London

                                            2 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined 3 days ago

                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                            Tasty food. Service could have been a little bit more attentive and informative

                                          9. EN

                                            ErinN

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 4 days ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            We loved our meal at Food for Friends so much! The staff were so friendly and welcoming! It was lovely to have our meal with real plants growing all around us, and with the most amazing view out of the windows by our table. The food was delicious and clearly made with fresh ingredients. We only wish that there was a Food for Friends restaurant in Colchester but we will be visiting again soon!

                                          10. HB

                                            HeidiB

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 4 days ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            We shared many of the small dishes - all very tasty. Will definately be back

                                          11. NW

                                            NicolaW

                                            West Sussex

                                            1 review

                                            3.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 5 days ago

                                            overall3food3service3ambience3

                                            Food a little underseasoned / bland except sweetcorn starter. Linguine and burgers good/ ok. Poor coffee but to be fair they didn’t charge us. Service pleasant. Ambience improved as restaurant filled up.

                                          12. M

                                            Martino

                                            Brighton

                                            1 review

                                            3.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 5 days ago

                                            overall3food3service4ambience4

                                            Lovely vegetarian food made with care and attention to flavour, ingredients and presentation. However it seemed overpriced at £52 for basically a soup, a burger, some grilled veg and a small cider.

                                          13. LM

                                            LucyM

                                            West Sussex

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 7 days ago

                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                            Simple healthy food, great portion sizes, quality fresh ingredients. Simple, nothing fancy or wildly original. Yet relaxed and lovely waiters with personality. Great value too

                                          14. KK

                                            KarlK

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 15 May 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                            Food was excellent with so much choice for vegetarians and vegans.Service was also good and attentive. Highly recommend !!

                                          15. a

                                            annabel

                                            1 review

                                            3.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 15 May 2022

                                            overall3food4service1ambience3

                                            Popped in at 2:30 to book for a pre theatre dinner at 5:30, told with a false smile there was “nothing available at 5:30, but we can do something now or we might have a space in the unreserved/walk-in area later if you want to risk it but we are busy this evening” so we left thinking we might try that later. In the meantime, booked a table online at 5:30 no problem! When we arrived the restaurant was empty, perhaps 4 tables occupied. Either their booking system is broken, or the girl on reception just didn’t want to accommodate my mother and I. Luckily the food was mostly lovely but service was slow, insincere and very basic.

                                          16. LC

                                            LyndaC

                                            London

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 15 May 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Excellent service also excellent food as usual my favourite place to eat in Brighton

                                          17. P

                                            Pips

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 14 May 2022

                                            overall4food3service5ambience5

                                            The staff were welcoming and the service was very good . The only fault was that the burger I had was very bland and lacked seasoning and the firecracker sauce was just mayo with no fire .

                                          18. NP

                                            NicholasP

                                            Brighton

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 13 May 2022

                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                            Nice meal and prompt service, would go back. for another meal.

                                          19. NP

                                            NaomiP

                                            London

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 13 May 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            This has always been a favourite for meeting friends and colleagues for lunch and I haven't been for a couple of years. The place hasn't lost its touch! Super friendly and helpful staff and still a superb menu and delicious food!

                                          20. GW

                                            GordonW

                                            London

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 12 May 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Great food, very creatively arranged. Excellent value. Want to come again

                                          21. H

                                            Hils

                                            West Sussex

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on 12 May 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Great location ,service and food . Excellent waiter Valentine What more could anyone ask .

                                          22. TB

                                            TerrenceB

                                            Devon

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 11 May 2022

                                            overall5food4service5ambience5

                                            A great place. With helpful and friendly staff. Food was amazing simple and loads to choose from. I would recommend this place. In fact we ate there twice it was so good.

                                          23. TW

                                            TinaW

                                            1 review

                                            2.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 10 May 2022

                                            overall2food2service1ambience2

                                            Disappointed- we were really excited to visit food for friends, and the barman was super lovely and chatty when we first walked in but sadly it all went downhill from there. Our waiter was incredibly slow and forgetful, in fact one of the starters we ordered never materialised and we had to ask for ketchup twice - we honestly waited about 10 minutes for him to get this… there were only 4 tables in the restaurant, so it wasn’t busy either! The whole meal took so long we didn’t bother staying for pudding as we didn’t have time to wait. Food was average and expensive. All in all there are better places to eat in Brighton…

                                          24. M

                                            Mita

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 9 May 2022

                                            overall4food4service5ambience5

                                            A fine place to celebrate occasion with loved ones. The staff are very friendly and thoughtful. Highly recommended!

                                          25. MG

                                            MattG

                                            London

                                            3 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on 9 May 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                            Carmen(?) was amazing. Friendly, smiling, attentive, engaging. Food was amazing. Thank you guys - see you in our next trip to Brighton

                                          26. B

                                            Bushey

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 9 May 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            My wife and I were here years ago and loved it. Just went yesterday and it was even better than we remembered. The menu is amazing; I wanted nearly everything on it. We settled on a few and we’re thrilled with every dish. Well done!

                                          27. AH

                                            AHJFolk

                                            Kent

                                            3 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on 8 May 2022

                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                            Great vegetarian and vegan food that looks beautiful and tastes amazing! Portion sizes are huge so if it is just the 2 of you sharing is great.

                                          28. W

                                            William

                                            London

                                            15 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            15 reviews

                                            Dined on 6 May 2022

                                            overall4food5service5ambience4

                                            Excellent food. I am not a vegetarian but this level of cuisine could convert me. The goats cheese linguine was mouth watering and the arancini was delicious.

                                          29. JM

                                            JaneM

                                            Brighton

                                            3 reviews

                                            3.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on 6 May 2022

                                            overall3food3service1ambience3

                                            Been to Food for Friends before and it’s always a bit hit and miss. Great small plates - really tasty- but at £11 per plate very expensive. Desserts were very disappointing and service was slow and non existent. We were told we had a table for 2 hours but due to the slow service this was nearly exceeded. Not sure I’ll return again. £120 for 3 people, no alcohol and only small plate main meals. Hmmm.

                                          30. SM

                                            StephM

                                            Brighton

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 4 May 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Excellent food and great service. Thoroughly enjoyed, as did my partner.

                                          31. DS

                                            DazS

                                            Brighton

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 4 May 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Stunning food as always. Excellent service and ambience.

                                          32. t

                                            tamarind66

                                            Surrey

                                            2 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on 3 May 2022

                                            overall4food4service4ambience3

                                            Lovely dishes, with a variety of textures and flavours - something often missing from vegetarian food. Our area of the restaurant emptied very quickly (before 9pm) which made it seem a little lacking in ambience.

                                          33. SR

                                            SuzanneR

                                            Brighton

                                            2 reviews

                                            3.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on 1 May 2022

                                            overall3food2service4ambience3

                                            Lovely cocktails to start with but the food was disappointing. We have dined at Botaniq the sister restaurant of food fir friends and the food was amazing, sadly not the same a food for friends. Would probably not go for food again but recommend the cocktails. Expensive for average food

                                          34. T

                                            Trish

                                            London

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 1 May 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience2

                                            Food amazing! Service on the day was fabulous! I’m a non vegan & enjoy eating out at this restaurant every time!

                                          35. ZY

                                            ZacY

                                            Berkshire

                                            6 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            6 reviews

                                            Dined on 1 May 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Fantastic food, exciting menu, great venue for a special meal.

                                          36. n

                                            nick

                                            London

                                            7 reviews

                                            vip
                                            1.0

                                            7 reviews

                                            Dined on 30 April 2022

                                            overall1food1service4ambience1

                                            The lighting walking in was like an operating theatre. Cold and uninviting The Halloumi fries were chewy and more like they were boiled than fried . Tasteless and not freshly made probably microwaved or re heated Water melon starter was weak. Cubes of watermelon in some random dressing . Pointless Burgers and fries were sad . Better in fast food outlet. Fries were over cooked so much that they were emptied of potato. Cucumber and relish weren’t fresh and just like it was squirted on top of small tasteless veggie burger . Rocket accompanied was limp and fed up looking . Vegetable side of asparagus was overcooked as was the broccoli. Any benefit of eating vegan food was certainly lost through the over cooking of everything that was meant to be hot and using poor and tired ingredients for the remainder . Service felt like we were doing them a favour eating the overpriced , overcooked and tasteless food. Incredibly expensive for some colourless and bland tasting vegetables , awful lighting and ambience and snooty service . Plus a glass smashed next to my foot by clumsy waitress staring at my girlfriend as opposed to the job in hand. Two glasses of Prosecco as a sorry was appreciated but thoughtless given that we were only two glasses in to a bottle but why would they know that as they never topped up our glasses that was left to me . Saving grace the corn ribs . That was it . Topped up our own glasses with an average bottle of Prosecco and toilet was unisex but with no visible warning . Uncomfortable for two elderly ladies walking in while I washed my hands. They too were as surprised as I was . Lights went up and down during the meal like there was a dispute going on over the ambience . Miserable morgue setting on their lighting panel won that particular battle. One to check out maybe on another day and try some of the other dishes and hopefully some different staff and maybe in a different restaurant on a different planet

                                          37. MB

                                            MartynB

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 30 April 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Absolutely fantastic food, wonderfully friendly and attentive service. Heartily recommend for the creative menu with generous portions.

                                          38. I

                                            Isobel

                                            London

                                            3 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on 30 April 2022

                                            overall5food4service5ambience4

                                            A lovely relaxing evening of delicious food! The waitress was so attentive and polite too. Highly recommend!

                                          39. LJ

                                            LJackson

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 30 April 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Delicious food, good atmosphere and genuine friendly staff made it a very enjoyable special occasion catch up for two friends.

                                          40. GM

                                            GraceM

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 30 April 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Such friendly staff and the food was amazing. The portion sizes are really good so ordering a few different small plates and sharing is enough for a filling meal

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                                          Food for Friends is rated 4.5 stars by 3303 OpenTable diners.

                                          Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                          Booked 36 times today
                                          Google Map for Food for Friends

                                          17 - 18 Prince Albert Street The Lanes Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1HF

                                          Additional information

                                          • Area

                                            Brighton

                                          • Hours of Operation

                                            Breakfast Daily 09:00–11:45 Lunch Daily 12:00–17:00

                                          • Cuisines

                                            Vegetarian / Vegan, Organic, Global, International

                                          • Dining style

                                            Casual Elegant

                                          • Dress Code

                                            Smart Casual

                                          • Parking Details

                                            Lanes Car Park within 50m <br />http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/index.cfm?request=c1000706

                                          • Payment Options

                                            AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                          • Executive Chef

                                            Tomas Kowalski

                                          • Entertainment

                                          • Additional

                                            Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

                                          • Phone number

                                            01273 202310

                                          • 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.<br />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: 01273 202310

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