BOTI BURPS | Foodie news you can use

We’ve got a new segment for you – a place where we’ll fill you in – in brief – on all the recent and future food and drink happenings (most recent at the top) you need to know about, from new openings and deals to the hottest tickets in town.

There’s a(nother) new cafe in town

Ease opened its North Laine cafe – decked out in gorgeous shades of green and blush – on Tuesday 9th July and we’re looking forward to popping in for a cup of the hot stuff. Find them at 27 Gloucester Road
Ease

Fine-dining eatery Furna brings back à la carte options

Furna offered a selection of individually priced dishes when it opened its terrace last year and it went down a storm, so they’re bringing it back, bigger and better for 2024. As owner and head chef Dave Mothersill says: “It’s the menu that we, as industry professionals, want to eat on our days off”. You can’t get better than that! The new menu includes an excellent selection of smaller plates, sharing cuts and epic desserts – all available to eat on the sunny terrace or inside. If the tasting menu is what you’re after, don’t worry, you can still order that, too.
furnarestaurant.co.uk

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The new supper club you need to know about

Calling all roast lovers! There’s a new supper club that’s offering relaxed home-cooked Sunday lunches once a month. It seems like every other restaurant plays host to a supper club these days, but Hove-based friends Lauren and Ben are bringing back the OG home-dining vibes with new venture The Sunday Joint. Celebrating community and the leisurely Sunday lunch in Lauren’s home, there’s no table turning or sneaky add-ons if you fancy a bit more gravy here. Don’t miss the next editions on Sunday 18th August and Sunday 1st September – read the full article here.

French-style cafe opens in hilly Hanover

Frankie and Chiara have opened French-style bistro Cafe des Couleurs at the bottom of Islingword Road in Hanover (so no need to trek up muesli mountain). Taking over the site that used to be Fanny’s (and then The Mighty Seed), they offer a wide selection of home-made cakes, tasty brunch options – we’d recommend the generous Croque Madame – and excellent coffee in a beautifully designed space. And they’re launching their first bistro night on Friday, 12th July!
cafedescouleurs.co.uk

Honey bar and cafe Apiary opens

Husband-and-wife beekeeping team Alistair and Noemi Bell have opened Apiary, a cafe and cocktail bar inspired by all things honey and bees.The bee-loving couple opened the new dog-friendly venture on the site of what was Velvet Jack’s bar on Western Road in May and are serving coffee and small plates by day and speciality cocktails by night. Read more about it here.

New kitchens open at Shelter Hall

There’s change afoot at Brighton’s beachside food hall! Four new kitchens opened on the first May bank holiday weekend – nostalgic ice-cream bars from Happy Endings, epic pizza slices from Yeastie Boys Pizza Club, Crudo Mexican are bringing their street food over from Worthing and Rudi’s Burgers are serving up deep-filled burger joy. They’re joining the beautiful bao buns at Little Bao Boy, Greek-Australian The 3 Little Pigs Souvlaki and London fried chicken supremos Coqfighter. From Friday 3rd May.
shelterhall.co.uk

Med relaunches with new open kitchen and new menu

Another BOTI fave, Med have changed things around a bit, moving towards more of a bar-with-food vibe. Over the bank holiday weekend, the buzzy restaurant in the Lanes got a brand-new open kitchen and ditched the fixed-price set menu in favour of a more flexible selection of small plates that they’ll change up regularly. New dishes include pork belly, crispy mussels and maple apple ketchup; BBQ salmon, crab and calamansi; and tomato, blood orange and kaffir lime. The restyle really opens up the space and there’s the added benefit of being able to watch the chefs at work while you sup on one of their excellent seasonal cocktails. Not a cocktail fan? They’ve also got a well-curated 60-strong wine list that includes some low-intervention options. New summer hangout here we come!
medbrighton.co.uk

Alberta’s launches seafood residency Bonito

The team behind the brilliant Alberta’s at The Windmill (best Sunday lunch, no less) have launched Bonito by the Sea at refurbed beachside pub The Tempest (you know, the one with the caves). Think burgers and seafood with a twist, with the menu featuring surf and turf, fresh oysters, BBQ mullet curry, pepper squid bao buns, and plenty more, including veggie and vegan options, such as bhaji burgers and tofu and chips (opened on Friday 26th April). Don’t miss the Bonito (hash) browns!
Bonito

Kindling reopens as steak restaurant

Kindling has been relaunched as a steak restaurant by its owners, restaurateurs Ramin Mostowfi and Minky Lee, with Ewan Cullen heading up the kitchen. A bit of an about-turn from its previous concept as a small-plates restaurant, the 50-cover eatery is now open seven days a weeks with a short and sweet menu that focuses on “high-quality premium steaks cooked over live fire… and vibrant, melt-in-the-mouth sides with homemade sauces”. The decision to switch focus was driven by what the owners saw as a gap in the market for a “more casual, reasonably priced dining option”.
kindlingrestaurant.com

Caccia and Tails opens Brighton cafe

A few weeks earlier, Brighton got an offshoot of the popular Lewes venue Caccia and Tails. The bijou bright pink cafe (on the former site of Kitgum’s Haraka, RIP) serves up their trademark moreish focaccia, excellent cockails and other Italian delicacies, with late openings Thursday – Saturday and regular music nights on the agenda too.
cacciaandtails.com

Music-driven restaurant from Riddle & Finn’s opens on seafront

Drifter, restaurant specialising in vinyl music, natural wine and wood-fired small plates opened on the beach on 11th April. Read more about it here.

No No Please opens on Preston Street

This bar-restaurant is where restaurant meets lounge bar with Asian-inspired small plates and small-batch cocktails on the menu. Read more about it here.

Aegean-inspired cafe opens in Kemptown

And there’s another new cafe! Over in Kemptown, brightly coloured June opened its doors in April, serving fresh and tasty Aegean-inspired salads and sarnies, and friendly smiles. You can’t miss the lemon exterior and hanging fruit in the window!
June

Lost in the Lanes launch evening menu

Lost In The Lanes launched an evening menu in early April – they’re now serving into the evening from 6pm – 10pm, Thursday to Saturday. We’d recommend the rosti with ox cheek ragu, parmesan and chives and the always-excellent gin-based Switch Up cocktail (lychee, elderflower, ginger, bitters, lemon).
lostinthelanes.com

Munchies swaps craft for cats

Munchies in the Lanes has switched tack and has transformed into a cat cafe and tapas bar with the first felines arriving in May. Until then, you can bring your own cat along! They’re currently getting things set up to ensure that it’s a safe and happy home for their future residents. They plan on having around eight resident cats and will, in future, be offering them up for adoption. We’re guessing it might not be quite so dog-friendly any more…
munchiescraft.co.uk

Cat Burglar Doughnuts launch ‘doughnut hole’

Yep, the purveyors of doughy goodness have opened a doughnut hole at Yeastie Boys’ Pizza Club main joint on George Street in Hove. Open from Wednesday to Sunday; 8am to late – get there early to avoid missing out. They’re also now delivering the goods by post if you can’t make it over there.
Cat Burglar Dough Co

Namo X finds a new home

Namo X (the offshoot of Namo Eats) have brought their delicious Thai small plates to The Avenue on St James Street on Tuesday to Saturday evenings (5.30pm – 9pm). Run by Thai-born Bookie (who’s also the executive chef at No No Please), the delicious dishes are packed with authentic flavours.
namoeat.co.uk

HEARD ON THE GRAPEVINE

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Kemptown’s getting a new bakery and gelato (maybe)

There’s no official announcement on this yet, but we’ve heard that the abandoned space previously occupied by The Bronze on St James Street in Kemptown is going to be a bakery and ice-cream parlour. Watch this space for more details…

FOODIE DEALS

Get 20 percent off at Nanima

Over in Kemptown, BOTI faves Nanima Asian Kitchen and Cafe are keeping their 20 percent off Thursday evening dinners for the whole of July.

EVENTS

Head over to The Set on Friday, 12th July for another 10-course Omakase session (£65) – or as their tagline would have it “no menu, new dishes, old tricks”. Or, in our words: a sociable flavour-packed evening of greatness. DM them for a seat.
The Set

Shoreline Stores have got a truck-load of exciting foodie pop-ups in July. Worthing insitution The Crab Shack will be there on Thursday 18th July, Summit Tasty are bringing their loaded fries to Shoreline Stores on Friday 19th July, Get Sum Dim Sum are in residence on Friday 26th July and chef Kat Kocsis is cooking up a forward-thinking Wild and Wasted sharing dinner focusing on foraging wild edibles, fermentation and seasonal goodies.
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The gorgeous new White Horses hotel in Rottingdean is holding its first event with wine partner Bolney on Saturday 27th July (£30) – Bolney by the Beach. Tuck into a selection of six decadent canapés, each paired with a Bolney wine and get the lowdown on classic and more innovative food and wine combos.
thewhitehorseshotel-rottingdean.co.uk

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