Last week I visited one of my very favourites restaurants in Brighton, Terre à Terre. This is such a special place for us, as nearly 3 years ago it was the location of mine and V’s first date. So, going back again brought back so many happy memories. This time, three years down the line, I was surely a lot less nervous before the meal, yet we still have that spark that we had on that very first day.
Terre à Terre is an award winning Vegetarian restaurant, their aim to prove vegetarianism is more about indulgence, than abstinence. Sounds like my life motto! As a vegetarian, I love nothing more than a purely vegetarian restaurant. I can relax knowing my food is going to be 100% meat free, plus having the full menu to choose from is such a luxury – I’m used to choosing between one or two dishes, maximum. Visiting Terre à Terre is a real treat.
Inside the restaurant, the space is airy and light with a terrace area to the back which is perfect for the warmer weather over the summer. We sat down at our table and started to peruse the extensive menu. Firstly, we decided to order some cocktails as it was clear it was going to take us some time to decide on our food choices!
With a little bit of help from the super friendly staff, we decided to go for the Terre à Terre Tapas Sharing Plate to start, as we wanted to try a little bit of everything. The plate is a carefully selected mix from around the menu, rolled into one delicious tasting plate. The plate was an absolute culinary adventure, with a real mix of flavours from around the world. Flavours vary from halloumi with a tangy lemon curd (vegetarians ‘fish and chips’) to the oriental tastes of ‘KFC’ which is Korean fried cauliflower with sweet and sour sesame. The plate is quite large, so sharing between two is recommended, however it could be served as a main for one. This is a great overview of all the dishes served at Terre à Terre, or ideal if you are indecisive, like us.
For our main courses, deciding what to have was the tricky bit. V decided to try the Rosti Brunch, Lunch and Dinner (crispy fried potato and onion rosti, topped with halloumi, vodka spike baby tomatoes, a poached egg with charred mushroom relish, smoked tomato, black bean fejoida and ketchup). This was a real comfort food dish. I could imagine eating this on a cold winters day, maybe if I was feeling under the weather. The rosti is warming, comforting and like breakfast, lunch and dinner – all rolled into one. The dish was full of flavour, but ideal for those a little less adventurous with vegetarian food as the flavours are very classic.
I went for the Steamer Dreamer (Big Bamboo Steamer loaded with steamed rice buns, sticky gochujang baby aubergine, bean curd with smokey peppers, smokey apple wood tamari steeped griddled tofu with satay sauce, to name a few elements of the dish). This was just amazing, I just love oriental flavours so this dish was my dream come true. I thoroughly enjoyed exploring the layers of my giant steamer, each little ‘mini-dish’ was so different to the next, delicious!
Onto the absolute highlight of the meal, the dessert – of course! How amazingly beautiful is this gorgeous chocolate sharing platter? Introducing, The Chocoholic (Chocolate almond truffle cake served with mint crème fraice ice cream, blackberries, damson and chocolate soil. Mini cinnamon sugar coated churros with a chocolate salt caramel dipping pot and Raspberry elderflower sorbet. Crème de cacoa Brandy Alexander milkshakes, chocolate fudge and salt caramel truffles. All finished with baby sorrel and minty shiso shoots.). I think this has got to be the most stunning, delicious and indulgent dessert I’ve ever eaten – every mouthful was just heaven. There are no words for this dessert – the pictures speak for themselves!
Lets just say, I rolled out of of Terre à Terre so, so full. I think we proved the point they said vegetarian food should be about indulgence, rather than abstinence! Each dish is like a little adventure, there is always something new to discover, the flavours keep you on your toes. We had such a lovely evening, the restaurant was packed by the time we left and absolutely buzzing – we even got to do a little celebrity spotting. We spent the evening reminiscing over our first date and everything that has happened since then, so it truly was the perfect evening – great food, great company, great location – For us, Terre à Terre, has it all.
Terre à Terre is located at 71 East Street, Brighton. To book a table call 01273 729051 or you can book online here.
I was kindly invited in for a complimentary meal in return for an honest and fair review, all words, opinions and photographs are my own.