Terre à Terre

Afternoon tea, Vegetarian·
Gold Award

SquareMeal Review of Terre à Terre

Gold Award

Serving “vegetarian food that’s a joy to eat” since 1993, this coolly contemporary but accessible restaurant remains a meat-free diamond in a city known for its open-minded approach to all things gastronomic. As ever, the kitchen knows how to dazzle when it comes to putting ingredients together, while the flavours in the astonishing Asian-edged food continue to challenge and excite.

Long descriptions may baffle, but the results are all down to sublime spicing and inspired combinations. Korean fried cauliflower with sweet ‘n’ sour sesame, onigiri rice, soused daikon, kohlrabi and pickled mirin ginger jelly is an enticing oriental combo, while aubergine dengaku sees slow-baked aubergine sizzled with tahini, sesame and white miso, and served with edamame, and a puffed rice seaweed cracker dusted with nori salt.  

To finish, check out the ‘churrismo’, which are doughnut straws with vodka-steeped cherries and sticky salt caramel ‘dunker’, or stick to the conventional with your choice of Terre a Terre’s homemade ice creams.

If you’re on the hunt for an afternoon delight, Terre a Terre’s Asian take on afternoon tea is also popular. The tea is served daily and features a savoury tier filled with the likes of a tapioca seaweed cracker with pickled vegetables, and a steamed rice bun stuffed with Szechuan marinated halloumi. The sweeter offering meanwhile sees indulgent bites of chocolate hazelnut truffle cake, and orange and almond polenta cake served with clementine sorbet.

The rest of the family can also join in on the fun, as Terre a Terre boasts a children’s menu which is sure to entice young food lovers. Kids can nibble on the likes of teeny weeny spaghettini and smoky scrunch chips which are seasoned with bang bang spice dust, before finishing up with vanilla ice cream crowned with shortbread biscuits and chocolate sauce.  

Terre a Terre also scores points for its imaginative wine list which features organic and biodynamic offerings, as well as the restaurant’s personable, informed service which ticks customer’s boxes.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Afternoon tea, Vegetarian
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
Child friendly
Food Hygiene Rating


71 East Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1HQ

01273 729051


Opening Times

Mon 12:00-17:00
Tue 12:00-17:00
Wed 12:00-17:00
Thu 12:00-17:00
Fri 12:00-17:00
Sat 12:00-17:00
Sun 12:00-17:00
Afternoon Tea
Mon 15:00-17:00
Tue 15:00-17:00
Wed 15:00-17:00
Thu 15:00-17:00
Fri 15:00-17:00
Sat 15:00-17:00
Sun 15:00-17:00
Mon 17:00-22:00
Tue 17:00-22:00
Wed 17:00-22:00
Thu 17:00-22:00
Fri 17:00-22:00
Sat 17:00-22:00
Sun 17:00-22:00


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5 Reviews 

Samantha C

01 April 2019  
Inventive vegetarian food.

Lisa V

29 March 2019  
Just the tastiest vegan food and great for non veggies too.

Richard E

08 August 2017  
Food & Drink 2.5
Service 2
Atmosphere 2
Value 2.5
Doesn't live up to the hype
There isn't really any magic to the formula for a successful restaurant: you serve good food and drink, in a friendly and efficient manner, in a convivial setting with a nice atmosphere and at a good price. That's really about it. Most restaurants let themselves down on one or more of these. It is rare to find one that managed to miss all of them, let alone one that has such a terrific reputation and has been around for so long. My brother, a Brighton resident for most of his life, had raved about Terre a Terre for ages so, finding ourselves in Brighton on a Saturday night, we decided to see what the fuss was all about. I don't know if it was because of Pride, or that it was a late booking on a long and busy Saturday, but it didn't fell severely short of expectations. We picked our way through the revelry outside, to find a half deserted restaurant. Rather than sit us at the empty table in the window where we could see such revelry (ok, this was set up for four, so we didn't ask, but a table of two was sat there later), we were ushered into the middle, by the serving station and away from the windows. It reminded me of one of a Chinese on Gerard Street. Not any specific one, but just that generic style. Having been ushered in we sat and waited. Then waited a bit more. Then got some menus. Then a bit later some water. Then much later had our order taken. Then wine. Then a long time after sitting down our starter. So the good bits: the wine (a lovely chenin blanc from South Africa) was a steal at the price. The Korean Fried Cauliflower (KFC - geddit?) was outstanding: full of flavour and texture, inventive and a starter sized offering. But the rest, not so much: the Crispy Fried lavash bread was perfectly fine as a side dish for ten, but as a starter was way too dull and way too large. The Aloo Sailor and the Rosti Revisited both sounded excellent, but were both hugely disappointing, lacking texture, almost indistinguishable in taste, being smothered in what seemed to be the same green goo, and of a size that would put most septics into anaphylactic shock. But the side of grilled halloumi had to be the worst: there is only one reason for getting grilled halloumi (other than that no supper is complete without some form of cheese somewhere) and that is the texture: the delicious squeak as your gnashers meet soft goodness. Here: no squeak. Not even a mouse-like peep. Nothing. After the event, my dear brother told me we should have avoided the rostis as they are not where TaT shines. I told him I'd avoid the place, and instead get my vegetarian fix at Vanilla Black, which (other than possibly lacking a bit of atmosphere), ticks ever box that TaT falls woefully short of.

Kevin S

15 June 2017  
Magnificent vegetarian cuisine. If you thought veggie food was all nut roasts and "great things to do with Quorn", try Terre a Terre and prepare to be astonished. We've had the sharing plate between two of us and have never rmanaged another course - it is huge, delicious, an explosion of vivid flavours, beautifully presented. Do give it a try, it will completely change your view of vegetarian food forever.

Sienna L

20 April 2017  
Food & Drink 5
Service 3.5
Atmosphere 4
Value 2
Expensive but worth it
I cannot fault the food it was delicious and had lots of flavor. The menu was quite varied, although there were a lot of potato based dishes on there. My husband did not like the organic coffee, he said it was the worst coffee he had ever tasted. the atmosphere was nice and so were the waiters. I would definitely go back
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