Ideal for those wanting a special treat for dinner during lockdown.
Brighton is a place so defined by summer. Curiously subdued during the festive period, it’s during festival season that the famous Sussex seaside town really comes alive. Plastic pints on the pebbles, pickled cockles from polystyrene, pennies lost to teddy pickers, parties in the park and Pride….it’s all happening here provided the skies are blue and the sun is shining.
Ahem. With the nation currently confined to their homes, it feels like Brighton residents are set to miss out on this incredible part of the year. Best make the most of being at home, then, with a celebration of the city’s finest food. Fortunately, some of the town’s best restaurants are here to pick up the pieces, doing home delivery of their most popular dishes during this difficult time.
Get involved! Here are 5 of the best restaurant-at-home meals in Brighton and Hove, IDEAL for those wanting a special treat for dinner during lockdown.
CURRY LEAF CAFE AT HOME
Brighton’s beloved curry connoisseurs are now offering an option to enjoy Curry Leaf Cafe at Home, and we’re well and truly here for it. Allowing you to welcome a little corner of India into your home whilst trips far flung are off the menu, the restaurant has several meal deal options on offer, with a family meal (which could easily stretch to six diners) costing £38.50 – for four large curries, a selection of samosas, pakoras, breads, rice…the business – all the way down to a single set menu at £12 for those self-isolating solo.
That, or you could go off piste and get creative with your order from the vegetarian friendly, loyally delicious menu. Either way, we’d recommend adding an extra of Curry Leaf’s famous Gulab Jamoons to your order. These traditional sweet dumplings with delicate, aromatic spicing are the perfect way to treat yourself right now. So good!
Though the restaurant’s standard menu is available on Deliveroo, the current At Home special deal must be ordered by 1pm for dinner delivery that day.
Fabulous French restaurant Petit Pois have now opened up their menu to delivery during lockdown and we couldn’t be happier. Available on Deliveroo, we never thought we’d be enjoying frogs leg goujons and ox cheek bourguignon from the comfort of our living room.
What’s more, on Sundays Petit Pois are currently offering delivery of Sunday Roasts (a choice of chicken, pork belly or rump of beef) with duck fat potatoes and ratatouille to those too lazy to cook. Well, we’re all a bit over endless washing up, aren’t we?
Christ, is it only Monday already?
CIN CIN AT HOME
Though the trend for daily, freshly made pasta with refined but generous sauces has taken over London completely, it’s yet to permeate the UK’s other foodie cities in quite the same way. Brighton, though, is rightly proud of Cin Cin, the premier purveyors of the good stuff here, and a more than capable match for any of London’s top pasta slingers.
The Hove branch of Cin Cin have rolled out an ‘at home’ offer to include home delivery, and includes a bespoke box (beautifully presented, by the way) containing enough for a hearty meal for two. So, that’s a veggie arancino ball plus salumi for starters, a serving for two of their superb freshly made pasta and a sauce (this one changes regularly, so keep an eye on their Instagram feed!), and a dessert for two to top it all off. As anyone who’s been to Cin Cin will know, the food is consistently superb; prepare to be impressed if you haven’t.
What’s more, they’ve opened up their perfectly appointed wine cellar and are selling bottles at retail price during this tough time. Cin Cin are currently doing two delivery slots, on Friday and Saturday afternoons; ideal for a weekend treat, we think.
Keeping it Tricolore for the time being, the good guys at Woodbox Pizzeria in Kemptown have adjusted their offering during lockdown but the food here remains reliably delicious.
Right now we’re convinced it’s the best Brighton pizza you can get brought to your door during lockdown; wood-fired and blistered in the right places – as it should be – and topped with admirable restraint. The Nduja pizza packs an addictive punch which has us dialling up most weekends for another hit.
For BN1 and BN2 postcodes, Woodbox are also running a delivery or collection ‘store’ service, selling homemade pasta sauces, pestos, and premium dried pasta, fresh pasta and gnocchi. This is available each day and arrives before noon if you’re keen on a cheeky lunch of the good stuff. Finally, when accessing their store, there’s an option to ‘pay forward’ a donation from £5 to £20 towards pizzas for NHS staff. We love the idea!
WILD FLOR TO YOUR DOOR
Wild Flor, on Hove’s Church Road, is one of the most acclaimed recent additions to Brighton and Hove’s ever-exciting restaurant scene. Settling into an evening with their confident, classic French cookery and superb wine list has been a real treat of the past year; you’d leave squiffy and extremely well fed, make no mistake.
Last week they started their Wild Flor To Your Door service, bringing the warmth of those cherished neighbourhood restaurant vibes into your home. Available on Saturdays and Sundays (orders must be placed by the Thursday), they’ll bring a three course meal to your gaff, for you to finish at home for maximum freshness and flavour.
We’re in love with the restaurant’s terrines and rillettes, paired with pickles, and will be keeping an eye out for these on the menu. Followed by a main of braised meat pie or pithivier bringing maximum comfort during tough times, and of course (since we’re talking weekend treats) a slice of custard tart to finish, well, it sounds like perfection to us.