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With more and more restaurants jumping on the vegan bandwagon and offering plant-based meal options, it has never been easier to eat out as a vegan.
As you can imagine Vegan spots were not too difficult to come by in one of the U.K's plant-based capitals, Brighton.
I was really interested in expanding my horizons into a community that has always been right under my nose but that I had not yet had the chance to explore.
Here are some of my favourites I found.
8 Pool Valley
I started my research at a very healthy equivalent of a 'fast food' joint- the totally vegan Sushi stop- Happy Makki. I've always enjoyed sushi, so I was super excited to try these giant burrito-style sushi rolls. They offer a selection of 7 types of roll, as well as drinks and sides, all available to eat-in, take-away or enjoy in the comfort of your own home via Deliveroo!
I chose the 'Sweet Chilli Chick' roll. A roll filled with pieces of a very realistic chicken substitute with avocado, cucumber, red pepper, basil and sweet chilli sauce. I also ordered a berry smoothie which was great along with the sides of popcorn cauliflower and sweet potato fries - seasoned perfectly and lighter alternatives to other fast food options.
25 Ditchling Road
A little outside Brighton town centre, I discovered this vegan doughnut haven on Instagram. I picked up several doughnuts to take-out so that I could try a variety of options.
I went for Rasberry & Coconut, 'Notella', Oreo and Biscoff. While they were all delicious, the favourite had to be the Biscoff by a mile!
If you follow these guys on Instagram, you'll see they're always trying out new flavours and combinations.
I am particularly curious to try their pizza doughnut- anything with vegan cheese, I'm there for.
12 Saint James's Street
This is another plant-based restaurant, and the home of one of the best pizza's I've ever had, and believe me I've had a few.
Upon recommendation, I ordered the Pesto Manifesto along with the cheesy dough balls as a side, and I was so impressed. The flavours of the pesto along with the courgettes and caramelised onions on the sourdough base were a dream. There are so many other options on the menu that I'd love to try; the macaroni and cheese, the garlic bread, the sweet Oreo pizza...
This is going to be one of my go-to places for take-out because as you can imagine, being Italian we are very fussy about our pizza! It's so nice to find an option where we can either head out and enjoy inside or order and collect- if you're central to Brighton, delivery options are available too.
So, there you have it! Some of my favourite vegan food spots around Brighton.
Of course, there are so many more incredible plant-based spots in Brighton. Other recommendations with great vegan & vegetarian options include: Loving Hut, Modelo Lounge, Food For Friends, Infinity Foods Kitchen... the list goes on!
If you're still looking for some inspiration, check out the app, Happy Cow. It allows you to find all the best vegan/ vegetarian spots near you- a great place to start if you're new to veganism or a great way to get acquainted if you're already plant-based and stuck for a little food-spiration.
For any sceptics, trust me becoming clear that vegan options can be just as flavoursome and delicious as any other foods.
You don't have to be a radical vegan to enjoy plant-based food, but supporting a community that encourages ethical treatment of animals, as well as the planet, can only be a good thing- even if you're not up for fully converting to the vegan lifestyle.