2 new openings we’re looking forward to

Yes, the excitement of Christmas is over and we only know it ever truly happened because we keep on finding stray pine needles in the most unlikely places (that’s all you need to know). We might be suffering from January ‘meh’, but nothing perks us up like some new foodie adventures. And, whaddya’ know, we’ve got a couple of those right here offering up some very tasty-sounding deals to perk up the start of 2019. Here we go…

Honest Burgers opening
You’ve probably heard that one of our favourite out-of-town burger joints London’s Honest Burger is landing in town early this year. But you may not know that the burgerlicious restaurant will be doing a soft launch with a series of pop-ups in the city at the start of next month to make sure you’re burger ready (we’ll bring you the details as soon as we have them!). We can’t wait to try some of their brand-new just-for-Brighton specials they’re currently cooking up with local brewers and producers.

Known for their resolutely British burgers that all come with handmade rosemary-salted chips, they’ll be dishing up the goods from Pascere’s old stomping ground, 8 Duke Street. With their London menu already quite well-balanced in terms of its meat:plant ratio (there are five beef burgers, three vegetarian/vegan ones and one chicken), we can’t wait to see what they’ve got in mind for our rather demanding foodie city. Founders Tom Barton and Philip Eeles – who actually met while working at Brighton’s Riddle and Finns when Tom was at university here – say we can look forward to high-quality meat and veggies, meat and plant-based menu options and friendly customer service. Bring on the burgers!

The opening of Lucky Khao

We’re sad to see the closure of the award-winning Pike & Pine, the evening offering at Kemptown’s Redroaster Cafe on St James’ Street, but we’re also very excited by the new food offering that will be taking its place. New resident Lucky Khao is a northern Thai BBQ specialist that will be serving up plenty of authentic bold flavours and local, organic food. Forget anglicised Thai, head chef Luke Larsson and his team trained in Chiang Mai and Bangkok and spent time at Michelin-starred Bo.Ian, so this is the real deal. Think smoked meats and northern-style curries, as well as plenty of veggie, vegan, gluten-free and healthy dishes, not to mention some impressive nitro cocktails and you’re on the right track. In fact, a massive 40% of the menu is vegetarian and we are loving that!

There’s been a bit of a refurb, too; spot Andy Doig’s brilliant neon art (check out his fab studio on Madeira Drive) in pride of place. And here’s the extra-exciting bit: the restaurant is having a soft launch ahead of its official opening on 25th January. If you didn’t manage to get booked into the now sold out ‘dry run’ dates with 50% off, then you can still take advantage of their amazing Lucky Khao Happy Hour 33. That’s 33% off your whole food bill on Friday and Saturday between 4.00 and 5.30pm. Ready, steady, BBQ!