Review of Afternoon Tea at Food for Friends
If you are a Brighton resident then Food for Friends will need no introduction, renowned for being Brighton’s original vegetarian restaurant it is located a short walk from the seafront amongst the historic South Lanes. During the evening the menu is a godsend for vegetarians (and carnivores) who are not satisfied with the usual bland bean burger or suspicious looking lentil soup. Dishes like Warm mild ewe’s halloumi salad served with ripe avocado and wasabi coated cashews is to die for, as well as my personal favourite the Wild mushroom, spinach and nutmeg filo parcel with caramelised shallots and garlic wilted kale.
However their Afternoon Tea, served daily from 12pm to 6pm it is quoted as being ‘the perfect retreat for a Brighton Afternoon’, the setting is certainly cozy we sit at a charming little table with ambient lighting, with views of the lanes outside. The menu for Afternoon Tea is simple yet every dish sounds exquisite with five delicious sounding choices, eventually we settle on the Warm and gooey Chocolate Brownie – with hot chocolate sauce, the winter spiced tea and the quintessentially English: Fresh home-made scones, with clotted cream and strawberry jam.
The tea is rich, aromatic and very warming, served with a slice of ginger and lemon which add a zing of flavor. The brownie looked like a piece of art, with a perfect ball of vanilla ice cream and cherry sauce garnishing the plate; the scones were warm and extremely moist (a cringey descriptive word for cake – only to be used in extreme cases). The “oooooo’s” and “hmmmm’s” that were coming from our table while we were enjoying our dishes, could have easily been the mistaken for soundtrack from a bad German porn movie. A song says the best in life are free, not true – the best things in life will cost you, however, around £5.95 per person is a perfectly fair price for a restaurant in the Lanes.
It is a beautiful way to finish off a perfect afternoon, whether you go for dinner or Afternoon Tea, Food for Friends serves delicious unpretentious food at a very reasonable price- definitely worth going, but booking ahead may be advisable as this little restaurant is very well known amongst the Brightonian community.
WORDS BY Flora Hamilton
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