La Choza


SquareMeal Review of La Choza

Handily located close to Brighton station in the North Laine, La Choza's kitsch take on Mexican street food has proved wildly popular with bohemian Brighton. The tiny dining room is a riot of colour with pink, yellow and blue walls clashing with garish floral banquettes and displays of Mexican curios ranging from psychedelic wrestling masks to macabre skulls. Kick things off with puffed-up pork scratchings (chicharrones) and a frozen margarita, before getting to grips with the three-step menu, which involves choosing a base, filling and salsa to create your own dish – try the burrito packed with home-smoked pulled pork and chipotle salsa, but don’t be surprised if you feel stuffed afterwards. Rock-bottom prices mean the cosy space is invariably packed at every sitting – so be prepared to wait for your table (they don’t take bookings).

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La Choza serves Mexican street food in central Brighton. Open since 2012, it has appeared on BBC Two’s Britain’s Top Takeaways and is routinely described by critics as being one of the best Mexican restaurants in the city. Its name translates to ‘the shack’ in English. The restaurant was founded by Aoife Sweeney and Annie Gelpey, who shared a passion for all things Mexico. Inspired by this, they set out to bring authentic versions of the country’s cuisine to their seaside hometown, undertaking several taste tours of Mexico to track down and record the best recipes. Since opening, La Choza has become a staple of the Brighton food scene, with diners routinely queuing around the block and praise coming from several national food critics, including Tom Parker-Bowles.

The food menu covers a lot of ground, with all the favourites from Mexican cuisines represented. Shack snacks are perfect as sharing starters. Options include calamari with chipotle mayo, ceviche tostada, and chicarrones with guacamole. There’s also nachos topped with refried beans, cheese, pico de gallo salsa, sour cream, guacamole and jalapenos. These can be made vegan.

Tortilla chips can also be ordered with a large range of dips, such as jalapeno sour cream, almond pipian salsa and naga salsa. The street food salad is a great lighter option. This is shredded red and white cabbage, radish, red onion and avocado topped with everything from pulled pork to crisy local fish.

The main course options is a choice of burrito, soft corn tacos, quesadillas, tostada or burrito bowl with a filling of your choice. Plant based chorizo, chicken pibil, slow cooked spicy beef are just some of the options. A selection of salsas complete a main course, ranging from green taco shop (mild) to naga salsa (extra hot).

La Choza is also available on Deliveroo and for click and collect orders.


36 Gloucester Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 4AQ

01273 945926 01273 945926


Opening Times

All day
Mon 11:30-22:00
Tue 11:30-22:00
Wed 11:30-22:00
Thu 11:30-22:00
Fri 11:30-22:00
Sat 11:30-22:00
Sun 11:30-22:00


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