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Food for Friends is a popular vegetarian restaurant which offers imaginative cuisine appealing to both vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. The menu reflects Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and North African influences and many of the dishes can be adapted to be dairy and gluten free.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours

12:00 - 22:00


12:00 - 22:00


12:00 - 22:00


12:00 - 22:00


12:00 - 22:30


12:00 - 22:30


12:00 - 22:00

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Food For Friends reviews

By Anna A.

My best friend and I went here the other day and a loved it! Delicious healthy meals served by friendly staff. We will be going again.

By Kate M.

Just finished lunch here - what an absolute gem! I had Pea, Mint and Ricotta Arancini on a roast tomato and aspargus salad with roasted garlic mayonnaise. It was absolutely divine and only £7.95! They also had pancakes on the specials board for Shrove Tuesday and clearly have a real passion for exciting vegetarian cooking. I very rarely write reviews but everything about this place was just so impressive, including the relaxed, prompt but non-invasive service. Bravo.

By Lucy F.

Just had lunch at Food For Friends. Really great. Best thing was - I was going anyway, I'm a big fan so chuffed to find out that the kids could eat for free! Well done Food For Friends. Always looking after us frazzled Mums!

By Toby A.

I don't normally post reviews but this restaurant was so good and such a pleasant surprise that I wanted to comment. I went along with my girlfriend for her birthday. As she is a vegetarian I booked it as a treat for her thinking I could put up with veggie food for one night. I'm so glad that I did otherwise as a meat eater I may have missed out on this gem of a restaurant. The food was quite simply fantastic, we went for the 3 course set menu and at £19.95 for three courses I thought it was really good value. I really couldn't have eaten another thing. With drinks, coffee and liquers it was still a reasonable night out. In past years we have gone to Terre a Terre but never again. The food here is SO much better, the menu is unpretentious and good value while still offering interesting food combinations. I didn't miss having meat on my plate, the flavours were so good. Have earned good boyfriend points with my girlfriend and enjoyed great food. If you haven't eaten here before and even if you're not a vegetarian give it a go.

By Barbara W.

Wow! What a fantastic meal. I went to Food For Friends this weekend for the first time in years and my Mum and I were blown away by how great the food was. I used to come in the old days when it was more counter style rustic food, I liked it then but now... The food was yummy - big portions. I had the parmesan beignets (think that's how you spell it?) I couldn't stop saying mmmm in between mouthfuls! Mum had an Aubergine dish which she raved about too. The thing that really made for a great night though was the lovely service. We were looked after by 2 waitresses and they were both really nice, they looked after us but weren't too in your face. We had a great bottle of Shiraz which the waitress said would go well with our dishes and she was bang on. Seriously considered a second bottle. I certainly won't leave it so long before my next visit. Go now - you won't regret it!

By Mark H.

I very disappointing meal. I had a salad as a main course and it was drowned in a tasteless but cloying yoghurt dressing. It looked more like a salad in a soup. When I was asked how the meal was I said that it was inedible and the waitress was great, she said that the meal would not be charged for and offered me an alternative but as my partner had finished their meal I declined. We were then offered the dessert menu which did not arrive for 15 minutes so we got up to leave and discovered that my uneaten (inedible) meal was still on the bill. This places looks like it is trading on it's old reputation and location.

By Peter W.

I came to this restaurant for a friends birthday and there was a fairly large party of us. Before we even entered the restaurant we we annoyed as we were forced to pay £23 for a 3 course set menu. We tried to ask if it was possible to only have one or two courses and were treated as if we were asking for our food to be served on gold plates! Everyone felt ripped off and quentioned why the prices were so high for vegetarian food, especially as it wasn't even seasonal, which surely is to be expected if the main ingredient should be fresh produce! The food itself was under seasoned, unimaginative, greasy and burnt. The waiter who served us, a polish guy was lovely, all the other waitresses were forgetful, unattentive and couldn't even smile! I know big tables are a pain, but with the price of this place I expected the service to be outstanding! This restaurant needs to be cheaper, or sort out the food and service! Afterall if they want to be more expensive than Terre a Terre they might want to make a bit more of an effort!

By Jackie W.

Very disappointing.I take a group out to eat monthly in Brighton and this was the worst restaurant we`ve been to so far.

The hot pot was tasteless apparently ( I had the butternut squash curry which was reasonable.)

One person`s salad was a cause for complaint , although it was replaced.The portions were small and expensive.

We won`t be going again.Jackie Williams

By Ros L.

Food delicious. Service friendly and warm. Nice position and very user friendly. Great even if you're not officially a vegetarian!

By Natasha E.

Absolutely superb, could not reccomend this restaurant enough. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, and the food really delicious. I am normally a dovoted meat lover but my friend who was visiting is a vegetarian so I thought we should try it. I will definately be going back!

By Brian H.

I went there as part of a large (16) pre-booked group. I didn't like having to order in advance from a limited menu, after all the price was the same as if we had ordered on the night. I opted for a stir fry with egg noodles. The portion was generous and tasty but I would criticise it as high on noodles and very short on vegetables. The wine was excellent ( a biologique Pays d'Oc merlot) and jugs of tap water were available. The service was good, friendly and efficient. Pity about all those noodles though!

By S.

Established in 1981, this popular vegetarian restaurant which also caters for vegans delivers excellent quality produce all year round and is a superb restaurant to visit even for those who generally eat meat.

The Venue
Food For Friends is perfectly located as a refuelling spot during a day shopping in the ever popular Lanes. The building itself benefits from an attractive curved exterior which stretches around the corner of two streets. Inside the restaurant is divided into a couple of cute and tastefully done out rooms.

The decor is impressively different, from the 1970s retro avocado green walls and embossed wallpaper to large canvases that succeed in creating an aesthetically pleasing environment which complements the food.

The Atmosphere
This is one of Brighton's most popular restaurants so the clientele spans anyone who lives in the city and enjoys eating out plus tourists who have stumbled across the place and are bound to return home recommending it to all their friends. Essentially though, it's anyone who has good food rather than must-have-meat as their prerequisite for a good meal.

The Food
The ethos of healthy organic eating is plainly reflected in the food and its innovative combinations. Gluten free too is top of the list as this venue clearly prides itself on taking vegetarian and vegan cooking to new heights. Starters include soup of the day which is governed by seasonal influences, tofu pockets which are two sweet tofu cases. One is generously filled with organic brown rice, asian mushrooms, spring onions and avocado so much so that it’s virtually bursting at the seams, and the other with miso roasted butternut squash, brown rice and silken tofu rounded off with an oriental mirin dressing. Also worth trying is the portobello mushroom, dill and dijon pate. A great combination of flavours with the dill coming through at the end. This is further enhanced with a pear and sweet red onion chutney, endive, caperberry and paprika.

For mains, it's well worth sampling the spicy lemongrass and galangal infused coconut curry. This comes with baby aubergine, wedges of sweet potato, a basil pesto sauce and is rounded off with a dollop of creme fraiche. Also, try the sweet potato gratin which is beautifully seasoned with garlic and rosemary and served with roasted Mediterranean vegetables, a coulis of roasted red pepper and topped off with wild rocket and parmesan. The interplay between flavours in this dish is sublime and really works well on the palate. The goats cheese salad is vast and struggles to stay on the plate. It’s baked on a pesto croute with a balsamic roast pepper reduction and includes kalamata olives, sprouted mixed beans and pulses, walnuts and a roasted red pepper coulis. The number of ingredients is astounding but you can easily decipher which is which on the tongue. If you fancy something lighter, the baba ghanoush, a puree of roasted aubergine with olive oil, chilli, garlic and tahini served with warm pitta bread is perfectly sized for a smaller snack.

Desserts offer up some very unusual flavours. The daring yet extremely successful black pepper ice cream is presented in a Szechuan brandy basket topped with strawberries and a balsamic reduction. Subtle yet intricate pepper flavours the way the ice cream has been produced and is a real testament to the chef. There’s also a sumptuous chocolate torte (smooth, bittersweet, dark chocolate truffle on a crunchy, hazelnut base served with a summer berry compote) and the sugar free option doesn't disappont either given that it's a feuillantine of raspberries with layers of greek yoghurt and fresh raspberries with wafer thin puff pastry that's drizzled with honey to counter the slight bite of the raspberries.

The Drink
Although the majority of the wines, beers and ciders are organic which is impressive, unfortunately the fact that there are only a few wines available by the glass is a little disappointing. Don’t let this take anything away from the impressive cocktail list though which features a Pomegranate Cosmopolitan, an unusual Green Tea Mojito and an amaretto sour with a sharp twist of lemon.

The Last Word
This is a worthy gold star in anyone’s book. Fresh produce coupled with beautiful flavours and unusual combinations makes Food For Friends a great choice to unravel an afternoon away with friends or family.

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