Terre a Terre, my first vegetarian cafe and first review for Brighton! I am always intrigued with vegetarian meals, because it’s one of the hardest meals to be creative with.
We were really surprised at the size of the cafe. Don’t be put off coming here with large groups – from the outside it looks like a quaint eatery with just a couple of tables. We chose tapas to share but to be honest maybe we should have ordered the potato rosti main – it seamed to be the popular dish ordered by surrounding diners.
I think overall I was slightly disappointed. The soup of the day needed more seasoning to bring out the flavour. It was also served closer to luke-warm and I am always looking for steaming hot meals. The arepas were interestingly different, “Deep fried sweet corn chips” – I think the portion size was a bit small for the price but I really enjoyed the cheese fondue it was served with and the crispy texture after each bite. I would recommend increasing the size the of the portion and serve it just with the cheese fondue. Between the two of us we loved the steamed halloumi buns. The buns were a soft texture plus I don’t think you wouldn’t even miss the meat. The halloumi is a great alternative and I was sceptical that Sichuan marinated halloumi would work. A must order is the smoky scrunch chips. Delicious handmade chunky chips with smoky flavours served with avocado hash. My two favourite items chips and avo – combined into one. Although I am probably bias to this item as hot chips are my vice and will polish off the bowl whether I’m hungry or full.
The service was pleasant and efficient, there could be a few changes to the menu that would really enhance the dining experience. I am more inclined to come back to try the main menus particularly for the potato rosti.
Value for Money: Ok
71 East Street, Brighton, BN1 1HQ