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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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The Buccaneer

Posted by Sara on December 13, 2009

19/10/2009 The Buccaneer, 186 Kings Road Arches.

thebucaneerArrrh shiver me timbers, there is nothing quite like an alfresco, out of season fry up right on the sea front  to really make a breakfast special – with the wind whistling through your hair and the tang of seasalt flavouring the air around you; not to mention the odd maurauding seagull or two.

Braving the elements one brisk wintry morning, we decide to  eat at The Buccaneer, one of the many cafes nestled in the Kings Arches along the seafront.

Menus are on the tables and you order at the counter. Coffee soon arrives and is piping hot, providing a welcome releif from the brisk breeze that is beginning to blow in from the sea. Breakfast arrives soon after and I pleased to say it’s heated up nice and hot and served on warmed up plates.

Both platters are attractively laid out with a delicious home cooked flavour to them. Eggs are served over easy and the beans were especially high quality – it was nice to have beans that were full of them (beans that is) instead of just a few swimming inside  a pool of runny tomato sauce.

bucanneermeatyService was especially attentive, this seems to be a family run cafe and the waitress regularly came by to ask if everything was ok. Both breakfasts with drinks came to £10.95, not a bad price at all for Brighton and all the lovely fresh air made our fry ups seem especially healthy!

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Cafe Motu

Posted by Sara on September 6, 2009

31.08.2009 Cafe Motu 6 Trafalgar Street, BN1 4EQ.

cafemotu

We’ve been piling on the Bank Holiday pounds with yet another fried breakfast over the BH weekend. This time we’re a bit closer to home, just south of the Laines on Trafalgar St. This is our first time eating here, as every time we pass this place it is always busy, so we decided to make use of a quiet Bank Holiday afternoon to find out why Cafe Motu is so popular.


insidemotuFirst impressions are good. Chunky wood tables and chairs  – in fact, chunky wood everything – blends nicely with the old style beamed, mustardy yellow walls to give the place a homely, traditional ‘caff’ feel. There’s a bright bay window letting in loads of light where you can choose to eat if you like watching the world go by,  and plenty of papers, posters and pics on the wall to look at for those with butterfly-brained attention spans. Ye olde style toilets are downstairs, hidden by an undersea mural and cunning use of mirrors.

The menu’s written up on the wall and there’s a variety of food available, including a range of tasty sounding credit crunch lunches, all priced at £3. Another tasty treat was the fish finger sandwich at £2.50, which I was sorely tempted by, but duty called so I stuck with breakfast. Cafe Motu have six different breakfasts on offer, including omelettes, scrambled eggs and an American Breakfast with pancakes.  Surprise, surprise – I ordered the Vegetarian with coffee and D had the Meaty fry up with tea.

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Service is fast and friendly. Coffee and tea were served strong and hot in bright coloured mugs and our food arrived soon after. The veggie sausages are particularly nice and the bacon was cooked perfect wth just the right amount of crispy bits. Though I had a slice of toast with the veggie, we were also given a plate of toast on the side. The meaty portions were generous but I would have liked some beans or mushrooms with mine – though these can be ordered extra and D had enough beans for the both of us.

motuveggie

Both breakfasts, with drinks and toast came to £11.60 making this a very good value breakfast for this side of town and it’s no surprise why Cafe Motu is popular. I for one will definitely be popping in for a fish finger sandwich soon.

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V Bites

Posted by Sara on September 1, 2009

29/08/2009 V Bites Cafe, Hove Lagoon BN3 4LX

VBitesSince the untimely demise of my fave vegan cafe on North St last year, I have been on the look out for a  soyatastic breakfast replacement, so it was with some sense of anticipation I made the (very long) trek down to Hove Lagoon to check out Heather Mills’ new venture and whether it lived up to the hype. Situated right near the sea front in the middle of not very much at all, flanked by a skate park and paddling pool, this looks a prime location to cash in on on hungry families out for the day and it certainly was very busy by the time we arrived.

Inside is bustling. There was nowhere to sit by the bar or in the small front seating area so we moved to the back where we were able to perch ourselves around the sushi style counter, apon which an endless procession of not so yummy looking cup cakes and flapjacks rotated throughout our meal. There is also additional seating outside but today was not a day for alfresco dining.  However the doors to the front and back were in constant use by staff and punters alike so we might well have been outside as the wind rattled across the cafe through my poor beleaguered bones- it was freezing!

VBitestaco

Despite our best efforts to brave the long cold trek across Hove we were too tardy for a fry up, since Breakfast is only served till 11.30am,  so we ordered burgers instead. I had the Soya Cheese and bacon burger and D the Soya Nacho burger, complete with taco chips and guacomole. We also get a side order of fries to share with a ginger ale and Vanilla soya shake to drink.  There’s lots of other veggie treats on offer and to look at the rest of the menu click here.

Service was excellent – the staff are all very friendly and, despite the place being incredibly busy, we did not have to wait too long for our food. Food wise however the reviews are mixed – D loved his taco guacomole whereas my burger didn’t taste of anything much and felt kind of dry. I tarted it up with some of the condiments on offer and though the vegan mustard was delicious the mayonnaise tasted of nothing at all and had the consistency of seagull poo (but well done to anyone attempting to make vegan mayonnaise). The fries were ok – again D found them delicious but to me they weren’t hot enough and tasted a bit like oven chips.

soyacheesybaconThe food’s not cheap either – our meal comes to £17.50 for two burgers, one portion of fries and a couple of drinks and for that price I would expect a little more restaurant and a little less cheap n chilly seaside cafe.  So overall our opinions are mixed – while it’s great to have someone brave enough to open an all vegan eaterie I just don’t think the venue is quite up to the price and the food could be a little more flavourful.

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The Street

Posted by Sara on August 19, 2009

15.08.2009 The Street, St James St, Brighton.

thestreet Located about half way up – or down? – St James Street in Kemptown, The Street is a perennial favourite of ours due to a lovely outside garden eating space which makes a leisurely weekend fry up such a pleasure on a nice sunny day. Today was not so sunny so we opted to eat in instead. The cafe itself is spacious and bright with sparkly lights and glowing pink painted woodwork contrasting nicely with the bare stone walls and monochrome prints.

counterThe menu is standard Cafe fare, with toasted sandwiches and baguettes vying for your attention alongside jacket potatoes and pasta. Specials of the day included Homemade  Soup  with crusty bread and  Garlic or Lemon Chicken Roast with chips and coleslaw.

We of course order breakfast, I have the Veggie Monty with extra mushrooms and Dan the Full Meaty Version with extra black pudding. Feeling especially peckish we also opt for a sneaky bowl of chips on the side. Both breakfasts cost £4.25 with mushrooms and blackpudding an additional 85p.

The Street Meaty

The Street Meaty

Drinks are extra and we both order coffee. The coffee is delicious –  piping hot, filtered and served in big round white china. Condiments on offer were the standard ketchup, mustard and brown sauce. Despite it being a busy Saturday lunchtime, the food arrives quick so we tuck in.

The Street Veggie Breakfast
The Street Veggie Breakfast

Eggs were served sunny side up and crispy round the edges and had just the right amount of gooeyness. I liked the veggie sausages and the hash browns were nice and crispy. My tomato, well half tomato, must have been the smallest I have ever been served but though it was small it tasted just fine. Dan liked the meaty stuff but was eyeing my extra egg and sausages with envy.

We had to wait a little extra for the chips but they were worth it. Served up piping hot and cooked just perfect they were like a deliciously sumptous too hot bath that you know can’t be good for you but you can’t help wallowing in just the same. Service was very friendly and attentive and overall this was a tasty, good quality fry up – just beware the hole in the toilets.

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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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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.

insidepause

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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Harry’s English Restaurant

Posted by Sara on May 25, 2009

22.05.2009 Harry’s English Restaurant, Church Street Hove.

With the word restaurant in it’s name we may be moving a tad too upmarket for a decent fry up – but fear not, this is Hove after all and Harry’s English Restaurant has been earning a reputation for serving up great British breakfasts since the 90’s. Established in 1990 Harry’s is a family run business that specialises in wholesome traditional grub, using locally sourced ingredients and renowned for their generous portions. There is an array of breakfasts on offer, including porridge, pancakes and posh salmon as well as the traditional fry up and breakfast is served up till 4pm. If you don’t fancy breakfast there are also a range of light meals, main meals and delicious desserts – specials of the day when we visited included Homemade Cottage Pie and Grilled Crayfish with Avocado salad. They are licensed too with a range of beers and wines on offer.

inside harrys

But what about the breakfast? I ordered the Veggie – two eggs, mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, beans, fried slice, hash browns and toast (£6.80) and Dan ordered the Greedy – which is a traditional breakfast of bacon, egg, pork & sage sausage, mushrooms, tomatoes (or beans) and toast with extra black pudding and fried slice (£7.60). Coffee or tea is included in the price and allegedly includes one top up – though we’ve been here twice now and that’s not happened so, unlike in the good Ol’ US of A, I suspect the traditional English top up is one you need to make a point of asking for.

harrysmeat

The food soon arrives and is attractively laid out on big china plates. The portions, though not humongous, are fair sized and though you only get one slice of toast, the brown bread at least is of door stopper proportions. The eggs were cooked perfect and looked a treat as did the mushrooms. The fried slice was deliciously deadly as it always is and my only quibble is I would have preferred proper hash browns. Dan particularly liked the bacon and the generous slice of black pudding; this being the greedy breakfast he would have also preferred another slice of toast. All in all we both agreed the food was of high quality. Condiments on offer were top name brands.

harry's veggie

There is a nice relaxed ambience helped along by Blondie, the Buggles and David Bowie playing in the background and we were seated in a lovely sunny position just by the window. The inside is simple and tasteful; aqua marine walls combined with bare wooden floors to create an unpretentious relaxed family feel. For those who like a bit of visual stimulation while they eat, the high ceilings and collection of Art Deco mirrors provide  points of interest. Toilets are ok and come complete with baby changing facilities. Understandably this place can get very busy over lunch times so be warned but if you are ever in need of a breakfast in Hove we would definitely recommend this one. For more information on Harry’s and to check out their menu – click HERE.


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