Cafe at igigi General Store Brighton

Although this was a little bit further along western road than I would usually walk in my usual 1 hour lunch break, I can certainly say it was worth it, I only wish I had a little longer to take everything in, in what I can only describe as a Provencal oasis.

I’ve known about igigi general store for a few years now and I remember it was the elegant staircase, which was import from France that first caught my eye. From these stairs and away from the beautiful homewares in the iGigi general store is a fantastic little coffee shop serving a range of exceptional cakes, silky lattes, ‘proper’ pork pies and lunch bits including homemade soup, meat and cheese platters and afternoon teas with clotted cream and jam!

This place is definitely worth checking out.

What I ordered:

Skinny Latte

Homemade Asparagus Soup with bread

Price:

£7.70

Extras:

Lovely wooden furniture, and the back of the café looks onto a lovely decked area with plants.

Verdict:

Why can’t everyday be an igigi lunch day….? I love this place.

Contact:

31a Western Road, Hove, East Sussex BN3 1AF, Tel: 01273 728160

Website: http://www.igigigeneralstore.com/cafe.php



China Garden Brighton

At the foot of Preston street, China Garden is a restaurants I’ve walked passed countless times yet I never actually ventured in, choosing instead to visit the red fronted China China a number of doors up the street.

However, and if you’ve eaten in China China you’ll appreciate what I’m saying, Chinese food has been somewhat tainted, at least in my opinion, with an association of sweet and sticky dishes, which can sometimes leave you uncomfortably food. The decision to visit the slightly more expensive China Garden was born out of the idea of putting this opinion to rest, and after getting the take away home, I was pleasantly surprised.

Outstanding aromatic duck with, for once, enough pancakes to use everything up, juicy prawns, which actually taste like prawns and egg fried rice, which has actually seen more than one egg.

China Garden is a breath of fresh air and although only my first visit, I’ll certainly be returning

What we ordered:

Quarter Crispy Aromatic Duck £9.95

Crispy Seaweed £4.95

Sweet and Sour King Prawns £9.80

Chicken with Cashew nuts in Yellow Bean Sauce £7.80

Egg fried rice £3.95

Price: £36.45 for two

Extras: Free prawn crackers on takeaway orders… Plus a pianist and dance floor for those dining in the restaurant.

Verdict: Perhaps one of the best Chinese take aways in Brighton promising fresh and tasty dishes… but don’t be put off by the somewhat expensive menu as it’s certainly worth paying that bit extra.

Contact: China Garden, 88 – 91 Preston Street, Brighton, BN1 2HG Tel: 01273 325065

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Crispy Aromatic Duck and Pancakes
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Crispy Seaweed
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Sweet and Sour Prawns
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Chicken with Cashew Nuts in Yellow Bean Sauce.
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Akash Tandoori Restaurant Brighton

I love a good Indian take away, especially after a few drinks the night before and so I found myself on Brighton’s Preston Street – a true haven for those looking for choice with restaurants, cafés, takeaways, pubs or bars occupying almost every address on the street.

But I knew what I was looking for, and with this probably my 10th visit, I knew it would not disappoint.

Akash is a small, and appears to be family run, Tandoori restaurant in Brighton serving up everything you would expect from their extensive menu including Tandoori chicken, Tikka Massalla, Vindaloo, Biriani and Bhoona Dishes, which are available both to ‘sit in’ or take away. The staff – in my opinion – are possibly one of the friendliest in the city and even when it’s busy I’ve never had to wait long.

What I ordered:

The menu really is endless, but you have to excuse my choice – sticking with the rather unadventurous Chicken Tikka Massalla, but this is not to say it was lacking in flavour.

As I wondered into the video shop with my takeaway I could sense people around me prodding one another and contemplating getting a curry today as the amazing sweet and spicy almond aromas escapes from the bag.

In addition to the chefs Special Chicken Tikka Massalla, which came with special pilaw rice, I also ordered a Peshwari Nash.

Price:

£9.40

Extras:

– Free home delivery for Brighton & Hove (on orders over £15)

– All major credit/ debit cards accepted.

 Verdict:

 Flavoursome, excellent value and a perfect fresh Naan bread!

 Contact:

Akash Tandoori Restaurant, 26 Preston Street, Brigthon, East Sussex, Tel: 01273 324 494 / 820213

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Outstanding Naan Bread. 

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Am I the only one who eats the onion salad?
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Akash Tandoori Restaurant

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