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First Review by Foxtrot

Luscious Lunch - Edit

It was such a pleasure today to share a delicious vegan lunch with a meat eating friend who seemed to enjoy every bite. We had a crispy tofu starter that was very tasty, followed by a sweet potato and oyster mushroom katsu curry also delicious. Do book, as it was full on a thurs lunch time.

Pros: Lovely food. , Location in Brighton's Lanes, Pleasant service

Cons: Need to book

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Most delicious vegan food - Edit

The food I had at Food For Friends is possibly the most delicious meal I have ever had. We had to wait a while to be seated so I recommend to book in advance, although it was most definitely worth the wait.

My mother and I shared three starters (which was far too much but we managed it all) of Satay tempeh skewers, crispy tofu & hummus with bread. For main I had something that I cannot find on the online menu but it consisted of a lentil dahl, potatoes, and other various vegetables and sauces. The plate was full of different flavours of which each complimented each other (I've added photo above).

The staff were helpful and friendly and did not rush us at all.

I cannot wait to visit again.

Pros: Delicious food, Good vegan options

Cons: Limited seating

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Fantastic - Edit

Great food, a really lovely restaurant. Loads of choice and appropriately cheffy.

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Book ahead - Edit

You generally need to book ahead as they get busy but we managed to get a table for a late Sunday lunch. They had run out of the vegan roast so I picked from the standard menu which was disappointing. However, the food was delicious and well presented. Pleasant atmosphere and good service (although they do add 12.5% 'optional' service charge to the bill as default).

Pros: Good service

Cons: Need to book

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AMAZING - Edit

I have been vegan for 2 years and I had some of the best food of my LIFE here. A bit pricy but the food is for sure worth the money! Careful: they take a service charge at the end, so try to not double tip. I highly recommend this place to anyone

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a long wait - Edit

Be prepared for a long wait till the food arrives. I waited 50 minutes. And when it finally comes, the portions are small and not satisfying.

Updated from previous review on 2017-01-15

Pros: time to ponder, polite waiters apologise

Cons: a very long wait

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Service charge. - Edit

Be aware this restaurant adds a optional service charge to your bill without giving you the option, it appears on your bill as.. Opt Svc CH: We were never given the option, or made aware of it, so added a tip to the bill, in effect paying for service twice. Very underhand and dishonest.

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Excellent vegan food but not enough vegan choice - Edit

Excellent vegan food but not enough vegan choice.

Food : 5/5 Excellent !
Very tasty, nice presentation. The waitress is very kind. Fast service.

Pros: very tasty food, nice presentation, very kind waitress

Cons: not enough vegan choice

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Great, well presented food - Edit

Starter and main we're both very good, but I wasn't as keen on the vegan cheesecake dessert. It was nice but not as nice as I was hoping. Every dish was well presented and service was good.

Pros: food was all very good

Cons: could have more vegan options, more vegan choices on drinks list (some weren't ma

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A Brighton classic - Edit

Lovely food and good value for fine dining. It would be really great if they had a bit more choice for vegans though!

Pros: Good portion sizes for fine dining, Tasty, local legend!

Cons: needs more vegan options, Slightly long wait for second course

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Vegan food - Edit

Love this place ,the vegan food they have is amazing but they need more Vegan options. Also they need to provide a vegan pudding. Have seen people walk out because not enough Vegan options .
Updated from previous review on Tuesday November 17, 2015

Updated from previous review on Wednesday November 18, 2015

Pros: Vegan food , Good location

Cons: Not much choice for vegans.

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LOVELY STAFF - Edit

Bit expensive but the whole experience made it worth the money. Impossible not to tip the super friendly and chatty waitresses!!!

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upmarket but unpretentious - Edit

Manages to deliver efficient service, good quality food, great atmosphere, excellent drinks, yet remain unpretentious. Staff are attentive but not overbearing.

Recommend the sharing platter!

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Delicious food in a modern elegant atmosphere - Edit

Great vegetarian and vegan food in this beautiful modern restaurant. Excellent service, fantastic vegan desserts. Try the afternoon tea service!

Pros: atmosphere, delicious food, great service

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"Most tasty" in a long time. - Edit

We've tried a couple of times to drop in to F4F but they have always been booked-up. We were lucky today though and had a table at 4pm for a late Sunday dinner.
The food and service were excellent and the portion sizes filling - especially the stuffed aubergine Sunday "roast"; which one of us described as "the most tasty veggie food I've had in a long time".
We will certainly be back.
Three of us had two courses, a couple of drinks and a coffee for about £75.

Pros: Very tasty food., Excellent, attentive service.

Cons: you could maybe ask for more on the menu but this

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Nice meal, nice place - Edit

Both the mushrooms and goat cheese roast, and the open ravioli were very good. Also got to try a nice Chardonnay from Sussex which I haven't had before.

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Tiny portions! - Edit

Lovely food but very tiny portions. £42 for 2 mains, bread and a drink. We're now round the corner at the chip shop filling ourselves up!

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Awesome - Edit

amazing food and drinks. was visiting for the Vegfest and although it was busy the food out fast and service was great.

Pros: Lots of variety and vegan options

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Food Ok But Poor Manager - Edit

Firstly we were offered water with the food. They should make you aware that it's not table water and it' at a price. The food was delicious and the portion size was adequate for us but if you're expecting a plate full then you'll surely be disappointed. We were shown to a table next to where the coats are hung. As the restaurant became busier more coats were hung and then a couple of inconsiderates gave no thought to their coats hanging inches from our food. Having eaten the main and with some of the starter left that we were going to pick at over drinks and a coat sleeve in the water was enough to see us off. I complained to the manager but she was only interested in knocking off the cost of the water. During that conversation she kept deflecting the conversation telling me how great the seating and the food was. She must have thought she was talking to a pleb. No respect for customers....what a shame as the food is ok

Cons: Manager

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Great vegan food, quantity a bit dissapointing - Edit

I was here as part of a big group and we had a vegan platter. Food was excellent, really good and varied vegan choices but quantity was disappointing. Even with deserts it wasn't really enough. Go here but order plenty

Pros: Good vegan choices, Great service, Sensible approach to groups

Cons: Busy place, need to book, Portions a bit small

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Decent vegan option - Edit

If you're wanting to splash out on a fancy meal, I'd go for Terre a Terre rather than Food for Friends - it was nice, but not as special or impressive. The sharing plate for starters is good, and the curried dishes are nicely spiced. I had been really looking forward to the arancini for dessert, but they weren't as good as I'd expected. Nice, but not mind-blowing.

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Second visit - Edit

Our second visit to this establishment and we were a little disappointed. The prices have gone up and the menu has shrunk. First visit a few months ago was amazing I fact we visited twice. This time around just the one. Food again though is wonderful.

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Very Filling, with some good choices for Vegans - Edit

We had Sunday dinner at Food For Friends. We had to wait a short while for a table, as it was so busy! My other half and I shared the Mezze (the Vegan option version) to start, he had the stuffed marinated aubergine, and I had the coconut curry, for the main, which was delicious. I couldn't finish my main (I got my other half to, as I hate seeing food wasted!!), so we skipped dessert.

Pros: Very filling, Nice setting, Nice interior

Cons: Not 100% Vegan friendly

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Noice! - Edit

Had a light lunch here, a Mezze platter, shared with my partner. Bread and accompanying sundried tomato dip was super moreish, I did slightly wish there was more of it, but then I'm a bread fiend. The Mezze was gorgeous, a lovely balance of flavours, one of the salads had a dressing that was a bit on the sweet side for me, but again, that's probably just a personal preference. We certainly demolished the whole thing, the spring rolls stick out in my mind as especially tasty. Service was good too, very courteous, and we had some beautiful chocolate truffles for dessert, which is usually exactly what I want! Yay!

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Incredible vegan fine dining - Edit

I came here for dinner one night whilst visiting Brighton and thoroughly enjoyed the set menu. I had the sweet tofu pockets for a starter, was blown away by the delicious crispy tofu warm salad with mango and cashews for the main, and finally coconut arancini for dessert. It was definitely on the pricey end of my budget, but extremely high quality. Highly recommended!

Pros: Wonderful vegan fine dining, Tasty food

Cons: Slightly on the pricey side

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delightful food - Edit

A delight for a weary traveller, food for friends was welcoming, warm and friendly. The food was among the best presented and full of flavour I have come across on my nearly 50 years of being a vegetarian. It's only a shame I live so far away. I will definitely return when I am back in Brighton.

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Awesomely delicious - Edit

Had an awesome experience here last Friday night.
Service was great, friendly and so accommodating to my 'asking a million question'. Food is clearly labelled, vegan, gluten free, nuts etc.
We ate a curry dish with rice. Was absolutely delicious and tasty!
Presentation was top notch if you like your food a bit more fancy.
Will definitely return on my next trip to Brighton.

The prices seem fair. It's not advertising itself as a cheap cafe. The prices feel aligned with what you get.

Pros: good vegan options, really delicious, good for a special occassion

Cons: tables quite close together

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