Bill’s

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OK.

I accept I’m not the most veggie friendly person in the world and that Terre a Terre was insanely great non meat food.

But in my opinion the most fun place to eat in Brighton is Bill’s.

If you know Brighton you’ll know Bill’s. It’s always jammed with people and the great vibe and perfectly judged food ensures people just keep coming back. It’s an odd hybrid of grocery store and dining room that wouldn’t be out of place in Southern California (really) but it just works. It’s bright and breezy, the staff are superb and it seems like the quintessential Brighton restaurant. It’s a small chain that started in Brighton and went North to London – apparently the other ones aren’t quite as good as the original – but Brighton is pretty good I have to say.

The menu is simple and well put together. Very veggie friendly which is always a consideration when out with the sister and reasonably priced for Brighton with house wines at a sensible £14. Considering the affluent Brighton crowd it’s all incredibly good value. You can’t book but if you time it right the wait isn’t too long and although we hit it on Easter weekend we got seated right away. Breakfast is the best in Brighton and the lunch is a relaxed, feel good adventure even though service can be slow when it’s busy.

All in all, it’s charm won me over and the continuing popularity of Bill’s is more than just hype. It has a big reputation that it delivers on by doing the basics right  – and of course if you do that, then everything else takes care of itself.

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Terre a Terre, Brighton


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Well here is my first ever blog for the Globe Troffers. I am a vegetarian and love to cook and go to nice restaurants.

My brother Phil (P) and sister-in-law Julie (J) spent a couple of days over the Easter holidays in Brighton. The trip was based around going to see a gig that he wanted to see but the only proviso I put on the trip was that he would try out Terre a Terre, the finest vegetarian restaurant I have every visited. Phil was quite skeptical and wasn’t sure of what to expect from the place and I think he went with an open mind!

On arrival at the restaurant which I had booked a couple of weeks in advance (luckily) as the place was full to the rafters. We were shown to our tables and given the menu which was very extensive with masses of choices

So we thought let’s start with a cocktail to get us ready for the wonderful evening ahead. I had a Salty Dog – Organic Gin, grapefruit and cranberry juice shaken with lime juice, P had a Classic Martini – Organic Gin or Vodka, shaken or stirred with vermouth served with an olive or lemon twist and J had a Elderbubble – Elderflower cordial, cucumber infused vodka and Organic Prosecco.

I started with a dish called Cocky Cauli and Ginger Bhajis Cauliflower and ginger bhajis with tamarind relish and coconut green chilli curry leaf chutney. Followed by main course of Bison and Beet Rosti – Crispy fried potato, onion and garlic rosti topped with sage baked butternut squash, walnut beetroot and smoked tomato tarator. Finished with fresh slipcote sheeps cheese and beetroot bison vodka sauce.

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P started with a dish called Arepas Chilli Candy – deep fried corn cakes rolled in spice dust served with chilli chelly jelly, avocado and lime hash, chilled pokey gazpacho and a candied chilli. The dish was actually vegan too to Phil’s amazement! Followed by main course called Fancy Nancy – Coco tamari fried spice rice with spring onion egg foo yung, topped with a salad of pickled and fried lotus root, coriander leaves, beansprout with chilli lime palm dressing yum tang salad. Finished with garlic, shallot and peanut sizzle and served with lime leaf red pepper lemon grass soup.

J didn’t have a starter but shared some of ours and we also share a portion of Deep Fried Fat Grana Padano Green Olives served with saffron labne. Her main course was amazing (as we were all trying each other’s dishes!) Better Batter and Lemony Yemeni Relish – Soft buttermilk soaked halloumi dipped in chip shop batter, served with vodka-spiked preserved plum tomatoes, bright fresh pea mint hash with pickled quails egg, sea salad tartar and chubby chips, finished with lemony yemeni relish.

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For desserts J had Rain Vodka Cherry Chocolate Churros – Sugar spice dusted doughnut straws served with sticky dipping chocolate and Rain Vodka sozzled cherries and P had The Best of British Farmhouse Cheeses – Three outstanding cheeses full of character and flavour for you to enjoy, served with our black onion seed crackers, pinhead oatmeal bickies, slow sun dried figs from Cosenza wrapped in chestnut leaves and quince and damson membrillo with a Reserva Port.

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What a fantastic experience of wonderful food, company and the enjoyment of watching my brother and sister-in-law thoroughly enjoying a FULL VEGETARIAN meal in what is truly the best restaurant I have ever visited. If you are in Brighton give it a go! Worth booking in advance though http://www.terreaterre.co.uk/

Gill Dean