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Destination 100

Posted by Sara on May 3, 2010

18.04.2010 Destination 100, St. James Street BN2 1TP.

Having puffed ourselves out cheering on the runners at this year’s Brighton marathon we are in dire need of some fried food fortification. It’s a beautiful spring day and too nice to sit inside so we head to St. James street to try out a garden cafe we’ve had our eye on for a while.

Destination 100 sits right next door to another one of our favourite eateries The Street. Since Destination also boasts an outside garden, today seemed the perfect chance to try out their breakfast.

Inside, the cafe is cool, clean and uncluttered with a large sandwich counter showing off an array of mouth watering goodies. Specials on offer include Cottage Pie and Lasagne, both with salad and chips for £3.95.

There is also big selection of sandwiches and baguettes on offer as well as the usual range of lunchtime toasties, pizza slices and jacket potatoes.

We place our order and head into the garden. I’m having the veggie and D the Full English, both come with toast and cost £3.95.

The paved seating area outside is lovely; it’s clean and modern with plenty of sun and potted palms and not a wibbly wobbly table in sight.

Vegetarian breakfast

Tea and coffee is served in elegant white china embellished with the Cafe’s logo. Service is very friendly and courteous with the staff going out of their way to check we have everything we need to enjoy our food.

Full English Breakfast

The breakfasts are both tasty, well presented and served nice and warm on big china plates. The portions are very generous and I particularly enjoyed the home cooked flavour to the mushrooms. The eggs were very nicely done with no burnt edges in sight. This was a nice, relaxing breakfast with the peaceful outside garden making us feel a millon miles away from the bustling traffic and busy marathon crowds.

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Time Out

Posted by Sara on February 16, 2010

02/06/2010 Time Out Cafe, 3-4 East street, BN1 1HP.

Another breakfast close to the sea, though this time at the Palace Pier end of the promenade.  Time Out is a fully licensed Cafe/Restaurant specialising in English breakfasts. There is space for eating outside but it is too cold and windy for that so we opt for a nice table by the window indoors. East Street is a busy place for shopping and can get quite crowded on Saturday afternoons but there is a nice relaxed feel to this cafe. Inside is softly lit and painted in muted orange and blue, with faded prints and large spider plants lining the walls.

Specials of the day include Fresh Mackerel or Sardines griddled in oil and seasalt and served with fresh veg and potatoes and salad for £6.95 or Broccoli and Stilton soup served with croutons and garlic bread for £3.95.

There are also a range of homemade cakes, sandwiches, pastas, pizzas and other luncheon treats on offer as well as an evening menu that starts at 6pm. We of course stick to breakfast. This time D decides on the Vegetarian, unable to resist the promise of a giant yorkshire pud, and I opt for the 100% Healthy Option, complete with grilled bacon, potato and scrambled eggs.

Both breakfasts come with drinks and toast. The coffee is hot, strong and filtered and service is good. As you can see from the photo’s, breakfast was a treat – and tasted as good as it looked, brimming with lovely home cooked flavours and textures. Extra nooky points awarded for the fantastically presented vegetarian – a cornucopia of goodness nestled in the most yummy giant yorkshire pudding we have ever had the pleasure of eating this far south of the border.

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West Beach Rock Cafe

Posted by Sara on February 5, 2010

30/01/2010 West Beach Rock Cafe, 135 Kings Road, BN1 2HX.

westbeachrockThe West Beach is a great place for a fry up with a view. This south facing cafe is just one big window that lets in all of the sun but none of the blustery sea air, so you can sit and bask in the sunshine while enjoying views over the West Pier.

Inside is crispy clean and brightly decorated in yellows and reds with various pictures of rock gods adorning the walls. There’s a flat screen telly (channel 4 + 1 with the sound down) for those who prefer soaps to seaside, and the chunky pine tables and chairs are comfy and homely.

To the left is a bar and a games room with more seating, big sofa’s and a pool table. Wi-fi is also available.

Background music is a selection of modern pop (Dido, Kylie, Rhiannon etc) which is a little disappointing as from the name we would have expected something a little more, well, rock. westbeachmeatyThe menu is a mix of lunchtime grills, main courses, salads and snacks, with a range of breakfasts on offer including French (with crepes) and Spanish (potatoes and omelette). There is also the All Day Special for £5.90 with drinks included. I opt for the Veggie and D the Meaty All-Dayer.

Service is very good, despite the place being busy. Tea and coffee arrive first in big white mugs. The coffee is hot and strong so I’m happy – and the tea looked good too. westbeachveggieAnd the food? Well this is our first fry up of 2010 so expectations are high. Luckily the West Beach doesn’t disappoint and breakfast is a treat. Everything tastes fresh and flavourful and is served piping hot. Bacon was crispy and home cooked tasting and D was especially pleased with his three sausages. As for the veggie – what can I say? The omlettes here are the best in Brighton I reckon  – chunky and cheesy with just enough gooiness and none of the stodge.

We like coming here for a nice relaxed breakfast by the sea but the West Beach also functions as a bar, restaurant and private hire venue. To have a look at their menu and check out what else they do, you can visit their web page at – www.westbeachrockcafe.co.uk

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Kensington Cafe

Posted by Sara on July 26, 2009

20.07.2009 Kensington Cafe, Kensington Gardens, North Laine, Brighton.

kensentranceSituated smack bang in the Laines and enjoying it’s own special outside balcony space to boot, this gem of a cafe is a prime spot for people watching and is always bustling.

We thought it’d be a good idea to test drive Kensington’s fry ups during a weekday so, making good use of a quiet monday morning off work, we make our way to the Laines where, behind a tiny doorway up a brightly coloured flight of stairs, we ascend into the cafe proper.

Inside is cosy with brightly coloured walls contrasting nicely with the bare woodmygodmanwatchoutforthesoldiers floors giving the cafe a  homely, bohemian feel. There’s a nice balcony outside where you can eat and watch all the frenetic shopping going on in the Laines below, but we were happy making use of the muted lighting and comfy big wooden booths indoors.

Music was an eclectic mix of the mellow, Sinatra / REM , to the not so mellow but nookytastic Placebo and QOTSA. Staff are very welcoming and friendly and there is a nice laid back feel to the place.

Well what about the grub? Having worked up an appetite from walking up the stairs we decide to order the Big breakfasts – I order the big Veggie and Dan the Big Meaty. Both are £5.15 with toast and tea or coffee included – making them excellent value. There are smaller breakfasts on offer at £3.95 and a vegan option, as well as the usual assortment of salads, jacket potatoes, chip n dips and burgers.

kensbigmeatyone Breakfast is soon served so we tuck in. I opted for scrambled eggs this time and they were deliciously light, fluffy and eggy tasting. The veggie bacon was also a welcome addition. Coffee was filtered hot and strong and served in a big mug. D particularly liked the sausages and said his fried eggs were cooked perfect with just the right amount of gooeyness. The only quibble is that we both thought the food could have been served a little hotter.

kensbigveggieAll in all a really good value fry up in the heart of Brighton’s best shopping district and a fun place to eat, relax and watch the world go by.

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The Green Tomato

Posted by Sara on July 8, 2009

03.07.2009 The Green Tomato, 100 Western Road, Brighton.

greentomatoThe Green Tomato describes itself as a Deli cafe, with a range of fresh made sandwiches, baguettes and wraps to eat in or take away, as well as some delicious sounding and reasonably priced salads and specials- and the Hot Chicken Salad with chicken, mixed leaves, tomato, cucumber, olives and french dressing for £3.95 looked particularly scrumptous. They also serve a range of All Day Breakfasts which of course is why we are here. I ordered the Veg (2 sausages, 2 eggs, 2 hash browns, tomato, mushrooms, beans and toast) and D the Big One ( 2 eggs, 2 bacon, sausage, beans, 2 hash browns a choice of tomato or mushrooms and toast) both cost £4.95 and drinks are extra.

While waiting for the food we have a chance to check out the interior. The Green Tomato has a fresh contemporary feel with comfy black leatherette seating contrasting nicely with the pastel mauve and mint green walls. Reading material on offer includes a selection of red top tabloids and freebie local magazines and newsletters. Madonna’s greatest hits are playing in the background (Vogue,  Justify my Love etc) which is always a good thing in my book. Service is friendly and  efficient. Drinks arrive quick and the coffee is delicious and hot – served in a big round mug with extra nooky bonus points awarded for using fairtrade sugar.

captainamericameatyBreakfast is good too – it’s served piping hot on warmed plates and tastes as good as it looks. Eggs are served sunny side up and the veggie sausages, while not at all sausage like, were particularly nice. D appreciated the hash browns, an unusual addition in most meaty breakfasts, and overall said this was one of his best. Toast was of the thick white doorsteppy variety. As you can see from the photos, portions were good and generous, making this an all round breakfast experience we definitely will be coming back to repeat.


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Pause Cafe

Posted by Sara on June 7, 2009

30/05/2009 Pause Cafe, New England Rd, Brighton.

frontalpausePause specialises in all day breakfasts, hot and cold snacks and tasty lunch time specials – just the place to feed our faces and a welcome oasis of eateries at the end of a busy morning spent shopping along London Road.

It’s a glorious sunny afternoon and there is plenty of seating outside for those who prefer their breakfasts alfresco. Inside has an upmarket coffee bar feel with free Wi-Fi, modern diner style stools along the walls and big brown leather sofas complementing the bright yellow interior.

There are a variety of breakfasts  to choose from, including Eastern, Continental and an intriguing sounding Ritzy breakfast but I stuck with the good old Veggie – egg, beans, mushrooms, veggie sausage and two slices of toast at £6.95 with a choice of fruit juice and coffee included. Dan had the Traditional; comprising of rasher, egg, sausage, tomato, mushroom and toast- again at £6.95 with tea or coffee and a glass of juice included in the price.


If you don’t fancy breakfast there are plenty of wraps, snacks and goodies  on offer with a nice choice of  herbal teas and healthy options for those of you watching your waistlines. Daily lunch specials  include curry, stir fry and Moussaka and on today’s menu was Prawn and avocado wrap with seafood sauce and salad for £5.25 and Spicy lamb kebab wrap with cucumber raita and salad for £5.25.

veggie pause

veggie pause

Breakfast soon arrives and is very good. The food was piping hot and eggs were cooked nice and medium. Dan thought his sausages were a little skinny but nicely flavoured all the same as was the bacon, which  tasted like it was cooked as you would at home under the grill – nice and pink with a crispy rind . Condiments were top name brands. The fruit juice was a particularly appreciated and with drinks included  in the price this made for a very good value breakfast by Brighton standards.

meaty pause

meaty pause

Pause describe themselves as stylish and friendly and though this is only our first visit here, we would have to agree. The food’s not half bad either and they also do take away. For more info check out their web page: Pause Cafe.

After Breakfast it’s always worth popping across the road to Paul Bruton’s Army Surplus store – a cornucopia of everything Army and Navy. Today’s bargain buy- a pair of industrial (and no doubt acid resistant) rubber gloves for only 50p.

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The Rock Ola

Posted by Sara on March 29, 2009

28.03.2009 Rock Ola Cafe, Tidy Street, Brighton.

roknroll1 This is our third visit to this café in the last year and it never disappoints. The Rock Ola café is a family run affair tucked away on Tidy street , just round the back of the North Laines . As you’d expect from the name, there is a distinct 50’s flair to the interior; from the retro ‘Diner Style’ Formica tables with pastel pink and blue leatherette stools to the beautiful old juke box that still works and is free to use.

rocintThe brightly painted walls are a treasure trove of Rock’n’Roll memorabilia and assorted oddments, including a framed screengrab of PJ Proby and a signed Kate Bush album, rather incongruously positioned on a wall covered by Beatle portraits and a Sergeant Pepper poster; though on reflection the thematic mismatch of Bush and Celine Dion, mixed in with Buddy Holly and Elvis, makes the place more genuine than most 50’s diners you get.

insideroc I ordered the Vegetarian Breakfast, an all day affair comprising of egg, veggie burger (or veggie bacon) hash browns (or fries) tomato (or beans) sausage and toast, at £4.95. D had the All Day American; a transatlantic combination of sweet and savoury with 2x egg, 2x bacon, sausage, 2 pattie burgers, tomato and buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup, all for £5.95. We also opted for an extra side order of cheesy chips.

rockolamerican Service is friendly and though the food takes a little while to show, it’s good to know it’s  freshly cooked.  Breakfast looks good, perfectly presented on multi-coloured plates; piping hot and delicious. The hash browns let the side down a bit, as they obviously came out of a packet but they tasted ok and the eggs were cooked perfect. Toast was just how I like it; chunky, white and dripping in butter.The cheesy chips were a treat too. Thick and hot and smothered in luscious dripping cheddar.

rockveggieAs well as Breakfasts served all day, including a Vegan option, Rock Ola offers a variety of sandwiches, sweets and lunchtime treats. Specials today were Soup of the Day with bread and butter for £3.50 and Chicken casserole with potatoes and veg for £5.95. Drinks are all the usual, including a yummy range of milk shakes and the special homemade pink lemonade, which is delicious.

There is constant supply of some great rock and roll adding to the ambience. One other cool thing about this place is you don’t even need to leave to get to the best of Brighton’s record / book stores, as there’s a doorway, aptly called Rock ‘n’ Roll Alley, to the left of the seating area, that leads you straight to The Singles Bar and on into Wax Factor.


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Figaro’s Cafe

Posted by Sara on February 1, 2009

10.01.2009 Figaro’s Cafe, Georges Street, Brighton


This ones going to be short and savoury as I am rather tardily writing this a few weeks after the event. Figaro’s is a straight out of the 70’s ‘caff’ in kemp town we have frequented many times over the years. Tucked away on Georges street, this is a rather attractive looking eatery with a charming bay windowed frontage; inside is cosy and homely with plenty of seating, including sofas and armchairs for extra relaxation as well as additional seating along the main window if you fancy watching the world go by as you eat. There are some newspapers available for the more literary inclined; though when we visited last weeks metro was the most high brow tabloid available. There is one toilet through a beaded curtain, which has certainly seen more beaded days, but the toilet itself is clean, functional and with a working lock.


 Today we were joined by Lee, friend of Thee Nook and fellow food critic extraordinaire. We were all feeling a little fragile from the night before so two of us opted for the smaller breakfasts, which are great value for £3 – £3.50, with bread slice or toast, while Dan chose the omelette. There are plenty of bigger breakfasts on offer as well as a range of other cafe type fare such as jacket potatoes and roast dinners. Coffee and tea costs extra but are reasonably priced and the coffee is delicious.

Figaro's no 5

Figaro's no 5 with black pudding

Breakfast arrived on bright blue china that blended beautifully with the orange tablecloths. The food itself was not the most attractive looking of fare but we weren’t there to stare and it tasted just dandy- though we had to wait a bit for the omelette. Lee gave his a 9/10, and mine wasn’t half bad either. We all thought the omelette looked worth the wait and Dan confirmed it tasted pretty good too. Condiments on offer were Lidl ketchup, brown sauce, and salad cream – cheap but adequate none the less, providing just the right balance of flavour to an excellent budget breakfast.

Figaro's small vegatarian

Figaro's small vegetarian

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Belchers cafe

Posted by Sara on November 29, 2008

23.11.2008: Belchers Café, 9 Montpelier rd, Brighton

It’s been pouring with rain all morning and the only thing that’s going to get us out the house today is the promise of a juicy, fat fry up. Buried within the backstreets behind the west pier, on the corner of Montpelier rd and Sillwood st, Belchers looks exactly the kind of café that delivers on its promises. As we approach a welcoming glow greets us through the net curtained, steamed up windows and inside is warm and welcoming.

There is a good selection of breakfasts on offer. We place our orders at the counter and make our way to the table by the window. The décor is tradition café style with wood panelled walls, lino floor, menus on the walls and a community notice board. A lady bird theme brightens the tone with a cute lady bug wind chime on the door matching the brightly coloured plastic table covers. A table in the corner brims with local papers and information as well as a pile of thriller / horror books – just the right reading for a leisurely breakfast.

I ordered the Veggie breakfast with 1 fried egg, 2 veggie sausages, beans, tomato and fried slice. This costs £4 and coffee and a slice of bread and butter is included in the price. D had the Big Breakfast. This costs £6.25 and comprises of 2 fried eggs, 2 sausages, beans, bacon, tomato, chips, fried slice, bread and butter and a mug of tea or coffee.

Belchers Big Breakfast

Belchers Big Breakfast

Breakfast arrived quick and was just what we had hoped for. The food was all good quality with generous portions. The tomatoes were freshly grilled not tinned and the eggs were cooked just right, not too over done and just runny enough. The Big Breakfast was huge and everything seemed buried under a mound of chips, which was a good thing as they tasted delicious. D had been looking forward to the £4 breakfast and had felt a bit hard done by on noticing the Big breakfast included chips on the board. Risking getting less of all on the plate he went for it and says it was the sort of thing you wouldn’t have thought about raising an eyebrow over if it had been billed the £8 mega-pig-buster or somesuch. Sauces were top brands- Heinz and hp.

The coffee was strong and served in a mug, as was the tea. There was no background music and the café was quiet, making breakfast a refreshingly restful affair as all we could hear was the rain pouring down outside. Not the prettiest named cafe in town but we will definitely be coming back for more.

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The Cafe Royale

Posted by Sara on November 22, 2008

15.11.2008: The Café Royale, Preston st, Brighton


Cafe Royale

We’ve been here a fair few times and have never been disappointed. Today I had the all day veggie breakfast comprising of scrambled egg (from a choice of 2 fried eggs or scrambled), 2 veggie sausages, mushrooms, hash browns (from a choice of hash browns or fries) and grilled tomatoes (instead of beans). This was served with two slices of buttered toast and a coffee at a cost of £6.95.

The coffee comes in a small mug, without refill, and is hot, fresh and filtered. The breakfast was very good, especially the eggs, with good size portions. I wasn’t too keen on the veggie sausages as I personally prefer my veggie sausages to at least make some attempt at pretending to be meat whereas these were something else entirely – they reminded me of the potato bakes we used to buy at Somerfields but the Other Half loved them.

(He had the cheese omelette with fries and a cup of tea for £6.75 and says the chips were nice, fat and golden tasting and the omelette was cooked just right. He was however enviously eyeing someone else’s Full English breakfast with chips, which may be the way to go for meat eaters).

veggie breakfast

veggie breakfast

The service was friendly, but a little slow, though the place was busy as it was Saturday lunchtime. The music was muted, we could just make out Spandau Ballet’s ‘True’ playing in the background and there are toilets. We both like the décor; an assortment of tiffany lighting, random nic nacs and paintings mixed together with a touch of regency styling. I had a statue of a waiter in front of me and his foot in front of my mouth and I felt like I ought to kiss his little stone shoes as a sort of thank you every now and then.

Overall a rather convivial, if a tad expensive, breakfast- though since there is also a bar and lots of other meals on offer this remains a popular venue for tourists and shoppers alike.

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