I should probably say my current top 5 restaurants in Brighton and Hove, because there are loads that I want to try. Think of this as my delayed top 5 restaurants in Brighton and Hove for Q1 2016. We’d recommend booking at all of these.

Señor Buddha’s

Señor Buddha’s is pretty special and I’ve been dying to go there since it opened last year. It started life as a monthly pop-up, but is now based in a tiny restaurant with a total capacity of 25, serving Spanish-Asian fusion tapas, which sounds a bit odd, but really works. Some dishes have an obviously Asian influence, others are very Spanish, and some are a wonderful combination of the two. We particularly loved the tuna tartare served with watermelon.

Señor Buddha’s, 9 Preston Road, Brighton. Tel: 01273 567 832

Señor Buddha's, Brighton

Fatto a Mano Pizzeria

Brighton and Hove has quite a large selection of interesting pizza places, but for me, Fatto a Mano is the best. With a menu full of delicious pizzas, cooked in the world’s snazziest pizza oven, I’m even willing to leave my house and travel to the other side of town to eat there. It’s very popular and they don’t take bookings for groups of less than six, but you can always wait next door in the Hare and Hounds, so that’s not the end of the world.

As an added bonus, they accept Goodmoney vouchers, which is a Brighton and Hove scheme encouraging people to shop in local small businesses. I love Goodmoney, so if I ever come up with a tenuous link to travelling, expect a post.

Fatto a Mano Pizzeria, 77 London Road, Brighton. Tel: 01273 600 621

Fatto a Mano, Brighton

Market Restaurant and Bar

We popped into Market by chance one Saturday afternoon after wandering round for half an hour bickering about what we wanted for lunch. This place looks amazing, like some kind of fancy butcher. We perched at the bar to eat, which was great, because it meant we could watch the chefs preparing everyone’s food.

They serve small sharing plates, and also big dishes, all with a focus on simplicity combined with big flavours. The sharing plates could quickly work out a bit on the pricey side, so we both went for the burger and were not disappointed. The waitress also talked us into having some goats cheese churros with white truffle honey while we waited and I am so glad she did. Neither of us particularly like goats cheese, but they were divine.

Market Restaurant and Bar, 42 Western Road, Hove. Tel: 01273 823 707

Market Restaurant, Hove

Coggings and Co

We love a good burger, and Coggings are among the best that we’ve tried in Brighton. They focus on using quality local produce, even down to the beer and cider (I’d love it if they included more local wines). I’ve settled on the scotch bonnet and mango salsa burger with beef dripping chips as the one for me. It’s been a while since we visited the restaurant (we order through Deliveroo at least twice a month), but in the past I’ve found that, while friendly, the service can be a little slow.

They also accept Goodmoney vouchers! Woohoo!!

Coggings and Co, 87-93 Dyke Road, Brighton. Tel: 01273 220 220

Coggings and Co, Brighton
Coggings and Co, Brighton

Hove Tandoori

Finally, our local curry house – a modern Indian restaurant, with friendly and helpful staff, an extensive and interesting menu, and good quality meat. We’ve never been disappointed with a meal here, whether we’ve eaten in or ordered a delivery.

Hove Tandoori, 175 Church Road, Hove. Tel: 01273 737 188 

Hove Tandoori, Hove

Alright, I’m hungry. Lunch anyone? 

Images not by me: Cover background imageFatto a Mano by albyantoniazzi, Market by Foodie Eshé (who has reviewed it in more depth), Coggings and Co, Hove Tandoori