Breakfast is undoubtedly the most important meal of the day, and whether it’s a freshly baked croissant and a creamy flat white grabbed on the run or a classic full English, a good morning repast is guaranteed to put a spring in your step. This month, you can grab an alternative breakfast from Brighton station’s new pop-up by the award-winning Curry Leaf Cafe. It offers Indian-style treats including vindaloo bacon sandwiches with lime pickle yoghurt, curd with honey and tropical fruit granola alongside organic Indian chais and Monsoon Malabar coffee. For a more leisurely start to the day, though, why not try one of the seaside’s top breakfast hot spots…
If funds can’t quite stretch to petit dejeuner in Paris, then breakfast at Mange Tout is easily the next best thing. Tucked away on Trafalgar Street on the fringes of the boho North Laine district, this laid back and rather retro French cafe and bistro knocks out delicious bowl-sized cups of cafe au lait and gourmet breakfasts until 15:00. Championing local Sussex produce (the coffee is from the acclaimed West Sussex Horsham coffee roaster), every dish on the menu is executed with effortless Gallic style. My favourite is the Mange Tout végétarien: pan-fried organic Sussex halloumi, roasted mushrooms and wilted spinach served with a couple of poached eggs, perfectly toasted sourdough and a rich tomato compote. Délicieux!
Egg & Spoon
Despite the eponymous name, there’s a whole lot more to the breakfast menu of this bright and breezy Kemptown cafe than boiled eggs and buttery soldiers. Try the lip-smacking E&S fruit and nut granola made all the more indulgent with seasonal fruit and a rich vanilla mascarpone, or carbo-load on a stack of buttermilk waffles with smoked bacon and lashings of maple syrup. At the weekend, the team wheel out the ‘spoon specials’ including a light, fragrant kedgeree with fresh smoked haddock, a home-cured salt beef hash or their signature bap, The Scot, which comes stuffed with black puddling, crispy bacon and a creamy egg mayo.
Run by the passionate and rather appropriately named husband-and-wife team, Dan and Jane Cook, Joe’s Cafe on Upper Hamilton Road has been sating Seven Dials residents with its magnificent breakfasts since 2013. Since winning the top gong in Brighton’s prestigious Brighton & Hove Food & Drink Awards last year, this quirky family-run cafe with a colourful turquoise-and-red facade has become the place in town for a good fry up. Joe’s offers the usual suspects, full English, avo on toast and smoked salmon, all using local farm produce, plus a special hash menu where a ginormous plate of Meaty Hangover Hash (meat with fried spuds and eggs) washed down with a chocolate brownie milkshake is a personal favourite and beats an Alka-Seltzer hands-down any day.
Wai Kika Moo Kau, Kensington Gardens
Not only is its kooky name brilliant to say, but this legendary vegan and vegetarian cafe in the North Laine has a long-standing reputation for knocking out possibly the best vegan breakfasts in Brighton. Try a Moo Kau pancake stack crammed with butter and maple syrup or my favourite, the full Kau Boy American breakfast which adds baked mushrooms, roast tomatoes and a sparky homemade rocket pesto to a stack of fluffy pancakes. Plus it has a decent range of coffees; soyaccinos and fruit smoothies to hang out with while watching the world walk by.
The New Club
This hip NYC-style diner perched right on the seafront is the perfect place to hunker down for breakfast, brunch or both! All high ceilings, exposed brick walls and huge windows overlooking Brighton beach, its a little taste of the Big Apple by the seaside. Try the warm brioche rolls stuffed with organic sausage, perfectly fried eggs and a zingy jalapeño butter, blueberry and cinnamon pancakes or smashed avocado on toast with za’atar pesto and poached eggs. However, if you’re going to do the New Club properly, get on and sample the joint’s menu of breakfast cocktails. Bloody Mary lovers will love The Breakfast Club, a meaty take on the classic featuring bacon-infused vodka, chipotle chili and a crispy rasher garnish, while the breakfast martini is gently laced with lychee syrup and rose petal liqueur. But if you’ve really gone to town the night before, you might need the ultimate hangover slayer – the rather ominously named Last Corpse Reviver, a herby blend of bathtub gin, absinthe and green Chartreuse – it’s guaranteed to raise the dead (or the merely very hungover).
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