No Chips Please! Food for Friends Review

Published On November 27, 2014 | 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 Food For Friends Brighton.

Food For Friends
17-18 Prince Albert Street

My daughter and I visited Food for Friends for this months review. I think I must be one of the very few people in Brighton who hasn’t been to this iconic vegetarian restaurant before, but I am certainly glad I got to visit today.

The restaurant is light and airy, beautifully decorated and the atmosphere was relaxed. We chose a seat by the window because its location means it is a perfect spot for people watching. My daughter was given her menu which she could colour in with the crayons provided so she was happy.

The menu looked good and there was a reasonable amount of varied dishes to choose from. My daughter started with a really refreshing mango juice, a nice change from the usual orange and apple juice (which they also had, as well as pear juice). For the main course we ordered the raw vegetable dippers with chickpea hummus and toasted pitta and the mini halloumi burger (yes I am back to eating off the kids menu while my son is at school!).

The food was definitely appealing to the eye although the hummus was green as it had added pea and mint and this is not the way hummus should look to my three year old. After a little persuasion she tried it, absolutely loved it, and polished it off along with the freshly cut carrots, cucumber, celery and pitta. The halloumi burger (which came in a bun with fresh salad) was coated in breadcrumbs which surprised me as this wasn’t mentioned on the menu but actually this made it taste less salty than it can on its own and turned it into a more appealing flavour for children. My only criticism is that it was piled quite high which made it a little difficult for me to eat and virtually impossible for my 3 year old, so it had to be ‘deconstructed’. The fries that came with it were ‘the stuff of dreams’, not too greasy, with just the right amount of crunch.

All the desserts sounded delicious, warm chocolate brownie, vanilla ice cream with raspberry or chocolate sauce or fresh strawberries with a warm chocolate dipping sauce which was our choice. This was a fun and tasty dessert which resulted in a clean plate and a very messy face. The staff here were lovely, just the right amount of attentiveness and they were able to answer any of my questions about the food. Prices are not too bad, mains are between £4 and £5, desserts £3, soft drinks £1.50 or a Baby Cino was 95p. Overall a fantastic experience and I am very eager to try the adult menu next time I visit.

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.