Feeling hungry? We've dug out our favourite Wriggles for the week to make your eating adventures in Brighton that little bit more enjoyable. Of course, if you don't like any of these then there's plenty more to search through. 

Happy Maki

The idea for Happy Maki was born after owner Anna returned from working on an organic black Tahitian pearl farm in French Polynesia. Inspired by the beautiful oceans she'd spent months working on, upon returning to the UK she researched marine issues further and came up with The Happy Maki concept. She aims to raise awareness of these issues and improve the appeal of veganism. Having built up a great following doing the UK festival circuit, the Happy Maki team have decided to make Brighton their first home (and we're chuffed they did). Based just off East Street, on Pool Valley, they're making a name for themselves in the tastiest of ways. With delicious vegan sushi wraps and delectable sides, Happy Maki is already loved by all. Even the hardy meat eaters!

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JALDEE JALDEE @ Bottom's Rest

A recent addition to Brighton & Hove's teeming food and drink scene, Jaldee Jaldee offers authentic homemade vegetarian and vegan street food from different regions across India and East Africa. With recipes having been lovingly passed down from generation to generation, the aim is to create the same experience of enjoying delicious plates of mouth-watering food found on the bustling streets of India and East Africa right here on your doorstep. Dedicated to providing the best quality food using fresh herbs and whole spices, all of their sauces and chutneys are homemade! We love street food, and we love great pubs, so Jaldee Jaldee's exciting new residency at the vibrant, Bottom's Rest pub is something we're super proud to share with you!

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FilFil Cafe

When it comes to fast food, vegetarians and vegans tend to get a bit of a raw deal. Fortunately, FilFil brings delicious, easy cuisine from the Middle East to our doorstep, sitting right in the heart of the North Laine. Owner Amal grew up in Palestine and uses a traditional Israeli recipe handed down through generations for the falafel that dominates the menu - celebrating the best quick meals the Levant has to offer. Expect more hummus than you can handle, more than enough falafel to fill you up and boundless baba ghanoush and baklava. Drop in on a weekend stroll through town, or refuel after a busy day out shopping – you’ll be more than welcome.

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Metrodeco

Afternoon tea by the seaside once involved trying not to sully the fancy hotel linen in front of the judgmental bellhops. No more. Mini sandwiches, quiches, scones and a glass of fizz? Check. Nifty prohibition touches (gin cocktails served in a brushed chrome teapot)? Check. The chance to slip on some Jazz-age vintage garms as you sup? Check. And they go so much further; consider the ‘Gentleman’s afternoon tea’ with real ale or a choice drop of whiskey. It’s not just about booze; some 25 varieties of their own tea are on offer, served in to-die-for retro crockery. The root-toot soundtrack and artfully mis-matched furniture elegantly complement the speakeasy vibe. Dogs are even welcome, as are (presumably) hip cats.

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Lucky Voice

Karaoke was invented in Japan in 1971, where Daisuke Inoue created the first karaoke-style machine. It quickly spread through the rest of Asia, taking hold of the world's clubs and lounges by the 1990s. Lucky Voice is not just another karaoke bar - it's a place to cut loose, be yourself and where you can truly sing from the heart. Let yourself embrace the true meaning of karaoke!

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BnEAT

BnEAT opened its doors to Brighton in Castle Square nearby Brighton’s Famous Pavilion! They had long been obsessed with Bringing our heritage to Brighton a place they now call home our recipe refined and they believe they craft the perfect Salt beef Sandwich. Their freshly cooked hand crafted brisket is an old family recipe that they have enjoyed for generations and its our pleasure to share that with their customers. One of the only places in Brighton to make their own salt beef, they are proud to produce everything by hand. Their Bagels & Rye Bread are all baked freshly. Like Katz’s in New York, and Langer’s in LA, the recipes are closely guarded secrets, This is their History in food, generations before them enjoyed this recipe famous amongst all that ate it.

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Lost In The Lanes

A contemporary café nestled in the charming Lanes, offering a heavenly selection of Has Bean coffees,speciality teas, a whole host of nutritiously, delicious dishes and daily changing salads. While away an afternoon in this stylish backdrop whilst digging into moreish delights such as roast peach, proscuitto, rocket and whipped ricotta salad or head down on a Saturday morning for a Wriggle favourite – The Lost Breakfast with free rangepork sausage and eggs, smoked streaky bacon, homemade hash browns,heritage tomatoes and field mushrooms on sourdough. Acai Bowls are a big house favourite a definite must try, small breakfast bowls jam-packed with goodies such as fresh fruit, pistachios, hemp seeds, bee pollen and granola. For afternoon treats chose from a freshly-baked cake or pastry and a house made soda or smoothie. Go get lost (in the best way!).

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Croustillant D @ The Seven Stars

Prepare yourself for quirky cooking from Englishmen invaded by the French, classic flavours mixed with modern techniques, delivering flavour and tantalising tummies. Expect to be hypnotised by their innovative plates and warmed with satisfaction. Traditional classics served with a crispy coating of love! Chef, Christian aka Chrisdave began cooking as a kid but then went on to train and learn his trade in the bustling kitchens in the south of France and The French Alps. Later Chrisdave went on to spend 5 years working in London, at establishments such as The Delaunay, Berners Tavern and Le Pont de la Tour. Last year Chris moved back to Brighton and worked at the acclaimed restaurant, The Pass, in The South Lodge Hotel before moving on to create his Pop Up Croustiallant D. Sebastian, the younger brother of Christian, has been around the Brighton pub/restaurant scene for a number of years now after a spell in France, heading up The Tempest Inn, The Three Little Birds and more recently The Lord Nelson Inn. He also has a background in baking, and cooks a mean Roast Dinner!

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The Joker

Most Brightonians will have whiled away many a blurry night at The Joker – their stunning array of local craft beers (not to mention 2-4-1 prosecco on Monday nights) have lured Team Wriggle in like a magical siren on many an occasion. Nestled smack in the heart of the lively London Road quarter of Brighton, the Joker brings everything you'd expect in terms of atmosphere and good vibes. There's monthly live jazz shows and regular DJs until late on weekends, making The Joker the ideal late-night drinking den to gather in with your best mates.

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Curry Leaf Cafe - Brighton Station

Positioned in the main concourse of historic Brighton Station, Curry Leaf Cafe's colourful purpose-built kiosk serves up an authentic menu inspired by the street food stalls commonly found in the bustling train stations of India, plus a range of craft beers to take away – all packaged in compostable, biodegradable containers that won't clog up landfill.

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Published -20th August 2018