Need a meat-free munch in a moment? We got you, fam.
Call it the ultimate first-world problem if you like. But the sheer, dizzying array of top-notch vegetarian nosh on offer in our gorgeous city can sometimes feel a bit too overwhelming. Are you feeling brunchy, or fancy? Pubby, or noodley? The list goes on. It can be daunting, we hear you. That’s why we’ve broken it down, so you’ll never have to hangrily roam the streets in confusion again.
So, Brighton, what do you fancy?
Then fill up on fine things at Foodilic. Gorge on plate after plate of colourful, crisp veg, verdant greens and tartly-seasoned couscous, for best results in the hippy upstairs bit of the one in town.
60 North St, BN1 1RH
Slurp up great umami bowfuls of Japanese soup, gyoza, sushi or marinated tofu with stir-fry vegetables at E Kagen, an authentically, bijou space above a proper far-eastern supermarket.
22-23 Sydney St, BN1 4EN
You’re hungover, it’s a weekend and all you need is a scrummy plate of food and some great coffee. Starfish in Queen’s Park is for you, my friend. Try the full english with veggie sausage, halloumi and chilli jam. There, that’s better.
32 Egremont Pl, BN2 0GA
Chips. Literally, just chips. The inspired concept behind this smart central spot is to do fries really, really well – Belgian standard, honestly – with a selection of to-die-for sauces on the side. And best of all, Befries is cheap as chips too.
46 West St, BN1 2RA
You’re in luck. Silo is the UK’s first entirely zero-waste restaurant. Tuck into whatever seasonal treats the handsome man-bunned staff are whipping up that day, and marvel at their fancy space-age composting machine.
39 Upper Gardner St, North Laine, BN1 4AN
It really doesn’t get more healthy than Smorl’s humous salad box with beetroot and carrot slaw, pearl barley and cashew tabbouleh and mediterranean veg. Also shout out to the Falafel pitta pocket with crunchy pickled cabbage, fresh vine tomato and almond tapenade. Nom.
Open Market, Marshall's Row, BN1 6JU
Take your tastebuds south of the border at La Choza, with an authentic bowl of refried beans, or a soft shell taco loaded with steamy sweet potato, squash and feta. And a tequila. Cos why not.
36A Gloucester Rd, BN1 4AQ
Mange Tout is a smart, contemporary space that’s a must for francophiles, whether for their small but perfectly-formed wine list, French onion soup, note-perfect veggie tartiflette or truffles with pecorino chips.
81 Trafalgar St, BN1 4EB
Rightly famous for its vegan roasts, there’s more to the Prince George than Sunday indulgence. Mid-week try the falafel burger, three-cheese nachos or spicy wedges with mozzarella. Fit for a prince.
5 Trafalgar St, BN1 4EQ
Vegan pizza is the startling showstopper at Purezza, a handsomely appointed St James street eatery. Their mozzarella is made from brown rice, their spaghetti is ‘courgette’ and even the mac’n’cheese is gluten-free. Mama mia.
12 St James's Street, BN2 1RE
‘Authentic homemade Indian food, made by authentic homemade Indians’ declares the jolly sign in front of Planet India. You'll wolf down their legendary Dhai Bel Puri starter, a work of spicy yoghurty genius with diced tomato, red onions, chickpeas and coriander.
4 Richmond Parade, BN2 9PH
Looking to impress an out-of-towner, or show mum that being a veggie isn’t as drab as it was in her day? Blow the haters away with Food for Friends’ herb-crumbed tofu gravlax, courgette kofta, or even the scotch egg with blue cheese aioli, roasted capsicum, and sumac. It's what friends are for.
17-18 Prince Albert St, BN1 1HF