Every Friday in Brighton between 11am and 3pm, a food market operates in Brighthelm Garden, in Queens Road, offering up an array of street food cuisines.
Following the success of street food markets in London, Kate O’Sullivan and Cristina Angus launched Brighton’s Street Diner to provide a platform to regularly showcase the amazing street food offerings in the area.
Here is a taster of some of the current stalls and dishes that can be found here, at Brighton’s first and hottest street food market.
Vietnamese street food from CaPhe republic
CaPhe republic consists of two chefs who have worked in the industry for many years and who, having travelled the length of Vietnam, fell in love with the cuisine. They currently operate from their pop-up marquee at street food venues across Brighton and Sussex. Staple offerings on the stall are Bánh mì – a classic Vietnamese street food baguette packed with hot barbecued meat, pickled vegetables, fresh herbs & chilli – and the quintessential Vietnamese soup, pho. If you need a take-out they usually pack very thoroughly. They are using the best film folding wrappers on the market, so you can be sure there will be no spills.
According to their website, ‘Vietnamese food is considered one of the healthiest cuisines in the world for good reason.’ It consists heavily of fresh herbs, vegetables, minimal use of dairy and oil, and high gluten free content, which makes it a seriously healthy food option.
Forgotten cuts serves up organic seasonal produce sourced from ethically run farms and grass-fed, free-range and wild animals. Dishing up lesser-known cuts of meat with plates such as slow-roasted lamb breast, slow roasted hogget (one-year old lamb) shoulder and achiote pork – slow roasted pork belly in smokey chilli spices – with sides of fries, or quinoa, rice & lentils. Most of their menu options are gluten free and they can be found on facebook here.
Olly’s Fish Shack
Olly’s fish shack favours ‘lighter’ fish and chips by frying the fish in a tempura batter. The most legendary dish served up by chef and sustainable fish activist, Olly Dawson, is the ‘Cilantro Dave Fish Sub’ – a super-fresh local tempura fish fillet in a gourmet 8-inch sub, with freshly-ground harissa and a coriander and lime aioli. Follow Olly’s Fish Shack on Twitter here.
Serving tasty gluten-free paella by the bucket load, Crocus usually offers two different types of their Spanish speciality dish at the Street Diner – often a chicken and a seafood option. The paellas are made with Greek Saffron, which is also on sale at the stand. Their Twitter handle is @CrocusPaella.
Honeycomb Cakes use local, organic and fair trade ingredients to create their delicious sweet treats. Frequently selling banana bread, carrot cake, lemon drizzle cake, lemon & almond polenta cake, Oreo brownies, bannoffee cake and peanut butter chocolate brownies, all at sizes big enough to share. You can tweet to Honeycomb here.
800 Degrees makes fresh dough every day and then cooks from a wood-fired mobile pizza oven. Authentic rustic pizza’s laden with only locally-sourced toppings in flavours such as BBQ chicken and garlic and mushroom. 800 Degrees can be found on facebook here.
The star of the show for me is the Venezuelan arepa stand from Ginger Rookes. Arepas are corn pockets stuffed with savory fillings and at Ginger Rookes they are served filled with either beef brisket, drunk chicken, or corn fritters with home-made coleslaw or spicy avocado sauce. The home-made buns are naturally gluten free.
Little Blue Smokehouse
The Little Blue Smokehouse initially started as a hobby, a small operation making smoked salmon and bacon. A little over two years ago they began to serve up their low and slow cooked food at Street Diner, where they showcased smoked meats, homemade slaws, sauces and pickles. Now winners of the South East heat of the British Street Food awards, the Little Blue Smokehouse dishes up pulled pork and mac ‘n’ cheese at the weekly street food market in Brighton. Find them on Twitter here.
Japanese rice bowls are the order of the day at the Goemen Bowl stand for between £6 and £7. They sell three variations at the Street Diner and they can be found on Facebook and in their shop on Preston street.
Yoshi’s sells yakisoba noodles – ramen noodles fried in garlic, ginger and soy sauce – as either a vegetarian option or served with pork belly. Dishes cost £6 and are always popular.
Dead Good Burrito
Dead Good Burritos uses locally-sourced ingredients (and fair-trade where possible) for their renowned burritos. Their signature salsas and guacamole are made freshly daily and their packaging comprises of only biodegradable and compost-able cups and food boxes.
Dead Good Burrito can be found across Brighton and Hove and often frequent food festivals across the South Coast. Their events diary can be viewed here.
The Troll’s Pantry
Gourmet burgers are on offer from Brighton-based The Trolls Pantry, whose mission is to ‘provide affordable, ethically sourced fast food using the finest quality ingredients made with love and passion’.
The Troll’s Pantry operates with a zero food waste kitchen and serves from the Hobgoblin Pub when not at the Street Diner in Brighton. The Minotaur (aged beef patty, organic tzatziki, tomato, onion, olives, lettuce and goat’s cheese) is a pretty good option.
Sultan’s Delight is a Brighton-based catering company offering a wide range of Turkish, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean influence food. Their food is freshly made from natural ingredients, free from artificial colours and additives, hand made and locally sourced wherever possible.
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