Welcome to the first edition of Food, Booze and Reviews….News. In what I plan to be a regular feature I will be giving a brief update on some of the exciting news items that I come across in my role as a Brighton food writer/blogger. I felt that I needed somewhere to put all the information about new openings, menus, events etc. that I come across that do not quite fall into another category. And so without further ado, here is this weeks Food, Booze and Reviews….News.
Noo Noodles is a take away noodle restaurant that aims to bring healthy freshly cooked noodle boxes to the streets of Brighton. Originally started in Southend on Sea 18 months ago they opened the Brighton store towards the tail end of July. The concept is fairly simple in that you choose your noodles, protein and sauce and watch as it is cooked before your eyes with a bit of flame based theatrics thrown in.
I popped along on Monday and met with head chef Kci Jones (not a typo) who told me a bit more about the operation. Unlike many fast food outlets, everything is made fresh on site at Noo Noodles including the stir fry sauces, most of which are Kci’s own recipes. Kci is keen to ensure that his team of chefs get the most out of working there and are not just microwave masters, getting them involved in the prep work and sauce making. Kci has a bit of a Brighton connection as well having working in restaurants such as China Garden, China China and Kemp Town favourite Muang Thai.
I enjoyed my Japanese curry noodle box with chicken which kept me full for a long while afterwards. They also have special recipes for people on a health kick with high protein and high energy options on the menu. Noo Noodles can be found at 14 Cranbourne Street, BN1 2RD and are open 7 days a week.
On Wednesday evening I was invited along to the grand opening of the new Wafflemeister, Brighton store. This successful London based waffle shop has expanded their UK operations to Brighton and offer customers a taste of authentic Belgian waffles with crepes and cakes also available.
With over one million waffles sold every year, Wafflemeister Founder and CEO, Alexander Troullier, claims its success is largely due to a long-kept secret: “The recipe we use to make our legendary waffles dates back to the 1950s and was passed down to me. I decided to share the great taste (but not the secret recipe!) by launching my first shop on London’s Oxford Street. Since then, we have opened an additional 15 bakeries worldwide. We’re delighted to add Brighton to the Wafflemeister map.”
The launch event was well attended by Brighton food writers and bloggers who got to sample their savoury sour cream based waffles alongside the traditional sweet offerings. With Italian gelato also on the menu and thick milkshakes they have got everything you would expect to keep children young and old happy.
Situated on West Street in central Brighton they are open from 9am till 10pm and also work with Deliveroo so there are plenty of ways to get your waffle fix. To check out the savoury menu and everything else Wafflemeister has to offer, visit: www.wafflemeister.co.uk or join them on Facebook and Twitter @WafflemeisterBN
Opening on the same day as Wafflemeister and making West Street Brighton’s new Belgian quarter is speciality Belgian chip shop Befries. A completely family affair this is the UK’s first authentic Belgian fries shop that uses a bespoke fryer unlike any other in this country. For anyone that has visited Belgium you know how amazing their fries and dips can be and Befries is certainly flying the flag here in Brighton.
Completely family owned and run by a team of brothers and a sister they really know their stuff. Having grown up in Holland, Dashal and sister Ezda spent their childhood eating these chips. When their brothers became chefs it made sense to pool the family skills and knowledge to bring proper Belgian fries to the UK. The twice cooked fries are cooked in a way that the centre remains soft and fluffy with a crisp and grease free coating. Not only that the fries are then smothered in a choice of 16 (currently) authentic sauces of your choice.
I went along on Wednesday to sample their wares and I have to say I was impressed, I get the feeling this place could become a regular go to. The chips were light and crisp, not to mention completely handmade from scratch on site, and the sauces were divine. Particular highlights had to be the curry ketchup, sweet onion curry, satay (and I hate peanuts) and the green peppercorn; but to be honest they were all good. The guys were really friendly and enthusiastic and I get the feeling this could very well become a bit of a Brighton special – see you there!
Don’t forget that it is the Brighton and Hove Food Festival this weekend down on Hove Lawns. Taking place over the whole three days of the bank holiday weekend with food from across Sussex and beyond this is not to be missed. With live food shows, food stalls, bars, wine, children’s tent and much much more what else would you want to be doing!!
I will be down there most of the weekend and make sure you pop along to support me at the Beach BBQ Cook Off on Saturday at 2pm when I will be taking on Tom Surgery from Ridgeview in a BBQ cooking challenge.
Stay classy Brighton!