Situated just a stone’s throw from Brighton’s seafront and pier, Kindling is the latest offering from Ramin and Jane Mostowfi, who are also behind the city’s award-winning vegetarian Food for Friends.
Here they’ve collaborated with nutritional therapist Holly Taylor and ex-St John chef Toby Geneen to create a restaurant all about environmentally friendly food that tastes great. Kindling’s ethos is to only use ingredients which have been sourced ethically, locally and sustainably, meaning that much of the menu revolves around Sussex produce.
This philosophy is echoed in the decor of the restaurant, with lots of greenery on show and plants hanging from the ceiling. The bright and airy dining room is covered in white tiles and the marble-topped tables match the long central counter where customers can choose to sit if they want to see their food being prepared in the open kitchen.
A choice of menus means there’s something appealing to eat whatever time of day you drop in. The daily set lunch menu is brilliantly priced at just £15 for two courses, with dishes including a Jerusalem artichoke soup to start and a Saddlescombe lamb burger main.
Alternatively, the a la carte menu is available throughout the day and made up of a mixture of small and large dishes which are designed for sharing. These vary from a pickled carrot dish costing just £7 to a whole mallard for two coming in at £35.
If you’re struggling to decide on what to eat there is also a tasting menu available featuring various dishes from the main menu. On Sundays there is a set lunch menu as well as a vegan Sunday lunch option too, while there are always plenty of vegan and vegetarian options scattered throughout all of the menus.
All of this is accompanied by a carefully chosen wine list which shares the same sustainable ethos and if you decide to go for the tasting menu, there is the option of a five-glass wine pairing.