01 December, 2013

REVIEW: Food for Friends

Last Tuesday night, I ventured to Food for Friends in Brighton for a vegetarian feast of epic proportions. For those of you that haven't already heard of Food for Friends, it is one of the top veggie restaurants in Brighton and it prides itself on it's vegan and gluten free options.

Eating out and being GF is a total mission sometimes but it was really refreshing to look through a menu which such a variety of suitable dishes. Upon arrival we were shown to our seats and even though it was only a Tuesday evening it was still buzzing with atmosphere. We informed our waitress of my intolerance and she was very helpful and knowledgeable about all the dishes on offer.

We sat in the window seat which was perfect for people watching and after a while (or perhaps it was after that first glass of red wine) we didn't notice anyone outside anymore and got swept up in the meal. My fiancee Harry started with Shiitake, Chanterelle and smoked ricotta paté and I had the Fresh fig, basil and smoked ricotta salad. I love love love basil and ricotta combos so this was an obvious starter for me. It was fresh and full of flavour and just the right amount.

For our mains Harry had the homemade ravioli and I went for the coconut curry. Prior to visiting my friend who had taken her parents there the week before raved about the curry so I had to give it a go! Hands down the best part of the curry was the sesame and split pea dumplings. They were the perfect addition to the dish and I hadn't had them before. Yummy!

Very full and with eyes way bigger than our bellies we *still* ordered ourselves some desserts. I had the chocolate fondant which was not only one fondant but two! It was delightful and not too rich which was great because rich desserts aren't my faves. The pistachio crumb just tipped it off for me too. 

All in all, the evening was fantastic. The service was very attentive and friendly and not too much which is always nice and upon leaving we were presented with a recipe for mulled wine. I happened to mention we were hosting a Christmas soiree soon so it would be the perfect recipe to make and we were suddenly presented with two espresso cups full of hot mulled wine to warm our cockles before our walk home.

It was the perfect addition to a great evening and having looked at the Christmas menu when we were finishing them up I would highly recommend it for a Christmas shindig with family, friends or work. You can see the menu here

They also offer the mulled wine all day so why not pop in for a tipple on your way past. They put a little bit of chilli in it which provides a little kick too. Yes please!

You can find out more about Food for Friends on their website here: http://www.foodforfriends.com/
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