No Chips Please! Carlito Burrito Brighton Review

Published On March 24, 2015 | By Helen Mary | Food & Drink Reviews

Helen Mary is on the hunt for great kids’ menus that buck the chicken nugget trend. She’ll be taking her children on a tour of Brighton’s eateries every month to find the best in kids cuisine. This month she tested the kid’s menu at Carlito Burrito Brighton.

12 York Place

This month the kids and I visited Carlito Burrito Brighton. I had driven past this little restaurant many times before but never noticed it and it has been open for a year. It was very busy for Saturday lunch so it seems word has spread and there was even a family with a baby in a high chair at the next table. The kids were fascinated by the décor, crosses, skulls and a big pink cows head adorned the walls, they kept pointing out new curios they had spotted. Reggae played and the tables were covered with brightly coloured flowery table cloths, we felt a little like we were on holiday, very relaxed.

They had an extensive range of juices and fresh still lemonade which I had, but the children went for their usual apple juice. The kids menu is very small, with only two items at £4.99 each including a drink. However, the staff assured me that they are working on extending this in the future, and I think that some of the main menu which was fantastic, would be suitable for kids. We had both the two items on the menu, cheese quesadilla with pico de gallo and guacamole, and batter fish goujons with sweet potato chips. The cheese quesadillas were lovely, a nice introduction into Mexican food and really easy to eat but it would be good to have a chicken or vegetable option too. My daughter loved the fresh tomato salsa but she didn’t like the guacamole although I thought it was delicious and perfectly seasoned, she just does not like avocado. My son had the fish and there was not a single crumb left on his plate. Beautifully cooked tender fish with a light batter and tasty thin sweet potato chips. The children were a little disappointed that there were no desserts and I was secretly hoping for some churros type dessert but they do plan to introduce deserts at some point.

Overall I have to say we really enjoyed our visit to Carlito Burrito, the kids loved the restaurant and the food was prepared to a high standard but just lacking in choice for the kids menu. The staff were really friendly and helpful, especially the manager Emma. I think this hidden gem is well worth a visit for lunch with the kids.

About The Writer

I grew up in London and studied in Brighton many many moons ago but it was only two years ago that I decided to return to this wonderful city, to make it my family home. There may not be sand on our beach but a view of the sea never fails to inspire me. I am rediscovering Brighton but this time as a 'grown up'. My writing has become my passion, along with food and Peach Bellinis.