Halal Brighton – The Ultimate Guide in 2021


This is one for our Muslim friends, whether you are planning to come to Brighton for a day trip or to stay for a few days, it is always a good idea to explore this lively coastal city. For Muslim travellers, worry not, I’ve sourced from my local Muslim friends Brighton’s best Muslim-friendly destinations like places to eat and pray, so you have one less thing to think about when visiting our fun. So let’s get started

What are the best Halal Restaurants in Brighton?

  • A Taste of Sahara
  • Alushi
  • Ephesus
  • Orienthai
  • EataliO
  • Simit Palace
  • Constantinople Cafe and Bistro
  • Turkish Villa Restaurant
  • AlMoosh
  • Anatolia
  • Roosters Piri Piri
  • Shandiz
  • Makara
  • Kambis

After a day of enjoying the sun and playing with the seagulls, you don’t have to worry about finding halal foods because they are easy to find once you know where to look. Keep reading to discover the top halal restaurants you can find in Brighton and Hove in no specific order.

1. Alushi Brighton

Alushi is certainly one not to be missed. Located just under the Brighton train station, this restaurant provides a great selection of authentic Lebanese dishes. Think meat platter with hot creamy green chilli sauce, grilled cheese with fresh herbs and flatbreads and a generous portion of salad. They also have a fantastic range of vegetarian options if you don’t eat meat. Amazing food with reasonable prices, Alushi is a real foodie gem in Brighton!

2. A Taste of Sahara

Located in the heart of the city, A Taste of Sahara offers a wide range of Mediterranean delicacies from kebab to tagine. The restaurant is also famous for its lamb chop which is claimed as the best in town! For more adventurous diner experience, you can try some of their lesser-known dishes. While enjoying your amazing food, you might as well admire the Middle-east decoration which may remind you of the Aladdin movie!

3. Ephesus

Following their success in Worthing, the award-winning restaurant has just re-opened a newly refurbished branch in Brighton. It serves a great selection of authentic Turkish dishes for your indulgence, including meze platters, lamb salad, baklava and cacik (traditional Turkish yoghurt). The bonus is that this family-friendly restaurant can be easily reached by walking from the seafront — the perfect pick up after enjoying the afternoon sun at the beach. To avoid disappointment, just be sure to make a reservation as they usually get busy during weekends.

4. Orienthai

Craving for Asian foods? Then head on down to Orienthai on Lewes Road for a quick Asian street food experience. Although this is not strictly a sit-down restaurant, Orienthai has a couple of tables where you can indulge yourself with the classic Thai delicacies. They’ve got a menu which includes a whole list of meat, seafood and vegetable dishes, all prepared in traditional Thai recipes. These include pad thai noodles, tom yum soup, yellow curry, pineapple fried rice and green papaya salad. They are all rich in spices. Don’t forget to add the dynamite chilli oil to your meals to bring your Asian street food experience to the next level!

5. EataliO

For quick Italian bites, EataliO is our favourite. Here you can have a build-your-own meal. First, you choose your own base (pasta, wrap or salad), then choose your filling and sauce. This is an ideal place to eat particularly if you have certain dietary requirements.

Everything served here tastes amazing and reasonably priced. Another great thing about this place is that you will feel less guilty eating at EataliO because it offers a fantastic range of healthy options. Please note that although EataliO has halal options, it also serves regular (non-halal) meat.

6. Simit Palace

If you are craving for a lighter meal, then you have to check out this Muslim-friendly bakery cafe that serves simit (ring-shaped Turkish bread with filling). Although the main cuisines served here is Turkish, they also have a wonderful range of sweet desserts and savoury pastries (including gluten-free and vegan) on offer throughout the weeks.

Think cheesecake, chocolate brownies, puddings, cheese mousse and spinach pastry. Be prepared to feast your eyes upon the beautifully presented cakes displayed in the fridge as you enter the cafe. Choose your favourite one or two and enjoy it with a cup of Turkish coffee. A perfect idea for brunch or afternoon snacks after a busy day of sightseeing in Brighton.

7. Constantinople Cafe and Bistro

Having a specialty in Mediterranean fusion, this family-run restaurant offers home-made mezze and tapas. The owner of the restaurant is committed to keeping things fresh by only using organic and fresh ingredients. One of their must-try is the amazingly delicious Constantinople lamb meatball and kofte, cooked with a rich aubergine and tomato sauce and served with Greek yoghurt and home-made pita bread. Are you drooling yet?

8. Turkish Villa Restaurant

This place is nothing fancy as it is located in the rather unusual location in pool valley coach station. But don’t be put off by the location because Turkish Villa is definitely one of Brighton’s gems. As the name suggests, it serves hearty and authentic Turkish food from lamb ribs to kunafe.

If you can’t decide what to eat, try their exceptionally tasty lahmcum, Turkish traditional pizza topped with minced lamb, minced vegetables and herbs, served with salad. After that, you can perk yourself up with a cup of Turkish tea or coffee.

Another great thing about this place is that it is super close to the iconic Brighton Palace Pier and the beach. Perfectly convenient to fill in your hungry tummy after spending the whole day at the seafront. 

9. AlMoosh

Serving up Lebanese and Arabian traditional and hearty cuisines, AlMoosh claims that its foods are “better than your mama’s home cooking.” You can smell the aroma of rich spices as you walk in the restaurant as the food being cooked by the chefs. All of them are specially trained, not only to serve fantastic food to customers but also to maintain strict halal standards.

Here you will find the usual and always delicious kharoof mahshi (slow-cooked lamb with rice), shawarma wraps and platters, and even Arabic traditional breakfast. Other than meats, they also serve a great selection of fish dishes such as grilled or fried seabass. What makes this restaurant special is that AlMoosh consistently serves new dishes that you won’t find on the menu, ensuring that there is always something new to try. If you fancy a little surprise for your dining experience, just ask the chef to give you their special dishes of the day.

10. Anatolia

What is a better way to refuel after exploring the lively coastal city of Brighton than to dive into some freshly prepared traditional Turkish cuisine. Its growing popularity among people around the world has contributed to Turkish restaurants being available in many places.

One that’s not to be missed when you are visiting Brighton is certainly Anatolia. Conveniently located only 0.3 miles away from the historical sight Royal Pavilion, Anatolia serves a vast array of mouth-watering Turkish food that will satisfy your cravings. Try their famous chicken casserole that is perfectly marinated and cooked to perfection. To top it off, this cosy place also has live music!

11. Roosters Piri Piri

This restaurant is certainly a place to go if you are in the mood for some halal fast food. They serve chicken-based eateries such as grilled chicken served with grilled corn, chicken fillet in a bun, chicken strips and chicken burgers. You can say that it is a copy of the well-known Nando’s, but they do really well (and a bit cheaper too!) Definitely worth a try for a tasty lunch or dinner in Brighton.

12. Shandiz

Shandiz is dedicated to showcasing the beauty of Persian cuisine. The word “Shandiz” itself originates from a small town in Iran that is famous for its traditional delicacies. In order to give a memorable dining experience to their customers, this family-run restaurant is lavishly decorated with mirror-like wall and Persian antiques to maximise the Persian experience.

Not only do they take the decoration really seriously, but they also do the same amount of effort when it comes to food. They offer a fantastic option from starters (both cold and hot), hearty stews and grilled dishes. To begin with, you can opt kash-e-bademjan, aubergine topped with sauteed onion, mint and dried yoghurt, as a starter.

As for the main dish, try their amazingly delicious khoresht gheymeh bademjan, diced lamb cooked in tomato sauce with fried aubergines, dried limes and yellow peas. If you are not in the mood for lamb, then you can order a plate of khoreshte fessenjan, chicken with fried crumbled walnuts cooked in pomegranate puree served with saffron rice. 

13. Makara

The dish of marinated lamb skewered and barbecued to perfection is emblematic in Mediterranean cuisine in general. Thankfully, with Makara, great Mediterranean dishes are not far away.

Among the tasty dishes you can find here is sarma kuzu beyti (marinated minced lamb seasoned with garlic and a hint of spice, wrapped in lavas bread and topped with yoghurt and tomato sauce, then drizzled with butter, served with rice), and incik (lamb shank on the bone seasoned with fresh herbs oven-roasted with potato and carrot, served with rice).

If you are a meat lover, you cannot go wrong eating at this place that has an indoor barbecue! To top it off, you can get an extra treat of baklava too at the end of your fantastic meal.

14. Kambis

Conveniently located in the bustling heart of Brighton, Kambis is an independent restaurant claimed as the home of the best Lebanese food in town. Judging from the outside, you may think that it looks similar to other kebab shops in town, but as you step in you will find a lovely restaurant.

Kambis gives you the freedom to choose from meaty to veggie starters which include grilled halloumi and hummus awarma. They also serve a handful of traditional Lebanese dishes such as lamb neck cooked in tomato and garlic sauce.

To complete your meal, try their fantastic dessert options that include Lebanese rice pudding made with rosewater and tammer (sweet Palestine dates saved with sesame sauce).

Having your tummy full and now wondering where to perform obligatory prayers? No need to worry because there are a good few Mosques in Brighton you can visit.

That only leaves us to wish you an enjoyable trip to brighton city.

Carlo

Local Tour guide of Brighton and blogger

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