When it comes to grabbing a bite to eat on the go Brighton has its fair share of excellent cafés to choose from.
Whether you are looking for somewhere to have a rest during a shopping trip or just a quick lunch during the working day; every possible taste is catered for.
Of the myriad choices, few can contend with the window display that Foodilic create each day to tempt in the hungry diner.
Whether you are vegan, vegetarian or carnivorous it is hard to resist the fresh and bright platters of vegetables and salads that seem to ooze health and vitality.
At a time of year when many are briefly flirting with a healthy lifestyle, the option of nutritious guilt-free food on the go is a welcome one.
I went to their newer premises on Western Road that offers a different experience to the original “all you can eat” buffet of the original restaurant.
With a McDonalds on the opposite corner and a KFC across the road; the location of this restaurant really hammers home the lack of healthy options that grace our high streets.
We visited late on a Tuesday evening and so there was a limited amount of food to choose from; despite this we did not have much difficulty. The menu at Western Road has a good mix of vegetarian and meat options with many of the main meals coming with two salads of your choice.
This gives the diner a great deal of choice and variety; and with the most expensive main costing just £7.95 it is also excellent value.
I went for the honey glazed chicken breast with a giant couscous salad and sweet potatoes.
The generously sized portion of chicken was lovely and with a crisp and well seasoned skin. There was a faint sweetness from the glaze with a tangy lemon freshness making the meat really flavoursome.
The accompanying couscous salad was packed with aubergine, courgette, leek, and peppers and the sweet potato with figs was delicious and slightly caramelised.
My friend decided on the pork escalope with a side of the “Superfoodilic broccoli salad tossed with avocado , cracked wheat, and physalis”. Much like my chicken, he was presented with a sizeable pork escalope that had a crisp breadcrumb coating.
The salad was very light with crisp broccoli florets adding bite. It was a good choice to go with the pork as it was a very filling dish.
Foodilic is not just about salads and health foods and have a good selections of cakes if you are after something sweet. As they were closing I took a sea salt caramel slice to go which was a well balanced offering which could easily have been overly sweet.
They also have some rather fantastic looking giant meringues if you are a fan. In the crowded market place that is the Brighton café scene Foodilic is certainly a strong player. The food is beautifully presented and is full of interesting ingredients and influences.
What I like about Foodilic is that you can create your own combinations from their menu meaning that no two visit need be the same. Not only this it is certainly excellent value for money which is a massive plus in a city where everything seems to be getting more expensive.
This is probably not news to many of you as Foodilic has cemented its place as a Brighton favourite; and it would seem its reputation is growing with BBC 6 music favourite, Kiran Leonard, singing their praises on stage later that evening at The Albert.
163 Western Road
01273 760 190
This review first appeared in the January 29th edition of the Brighton and Hove Independent newspaper