Brighton isn't lacking in veggie cafes but for a slightly less 'hippie' vibe and for impressing my omnivorous parents, I booked a table for our traditional Boxing Day meal out and we all loved the delicious food, attentive but not overbearing service and the adventurous cocktail list (and not a nut roast in sight!). We had the festive set menu at £28 for three courses - unlike regular set menus when there's one default veggie option it was actually quite hard to decide but a Black & Blue (Bombay Sapphire, dry vermouth, strawberry and balsamic vinegar) cocktail to sip while deliberating helped.
To start, I had the pumpkin agnolotti - I'm a huge fan of pumpkin flavours so this was delicious. I wouldn't usually opt for pasta in a restaurant but the small starter size portion was perfect.
The Jerusalem artichoke fritters with caramelized turnip gyoza (vegan) sounded like something I would enjoy and it didn't disappoint. Full of flavour and really filling, I think even my most carnivorous friends would have enjoyed this unique dish.
To finish, a spiced poached pear with chocolate Cointreau mousse with a flax and chia seed snap (vegan) - I wanted a light dessert after a hearty main and this was perfect, the chocolate mousse was so intensely chocolate-y and the spiced pear was wintery without having an overwhelmingly Christmassy flavour.
Food For Friends, 17 - 18 Prince Albert Street, Brighton
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