I’d like to consider myself a semi-expert on breakfast food in Brighton. I feel like I’ve seen (and eaten) it all. It occurred to me the other day that I’d never actually eaten at RedRoaster, a classic Brighton coffee spot. I’ve had a few drinks there before and of course, got the classic picture in the toilets but I’d never eaten, until now. Myself and Megan woke up super early on Saturday and ventured to St James Street to see what all the fuss was about.
If you’ve heard of Redroaster, you’re probably aware of the interiors and all the Instagram potential in this place. The marble table, greenery and brass details make for the perfect backdrop for ye old gram. They also have **those** toilets which have sparked the grammable toilet trend in Brighton. The vibe here is so chill, the playlist was absolutely spot on and I’m pretty such they pump patchouli into the place to make it smell amazing as well. If I got to design a kitchen one day.. this is my starting point.
Okay, these guys win when it comes to a drinks menu. They have literally everything from matcha to an almond macadamia cappuccino. I went for the cold and flu juice to start off with as I was battling of the last few days of a cold (very L.A , if you catch my drift). It was delicious, very refreshing with the pineapple. I would have wanted it spicier but only because I’m a ginger FIEND. Meg went for a ‘marrocchino’ which is essentially a Nutella latte.I went for an oat milk flat white to test the coffee waters- it was yummy and very pretty.
First of all, why don’t all brunch places serve it all day? As well as serving the classic eggs on toast and full English (which looked INSANE), they offer some more interesting combos like a vegan baked cauliflower dish and a coconut bircher. I went for the shakshuka (baked eggs) which consisted of local eggs baked in a tomato sauce with feta, peppers and chilli. It was very flavoursome and the eggs were great quality and cooked to perfection. It had a spicy kick which was yummy. The focaccia it was served with was also so goooooood as well. I love a shakshuka and this didn’t disappoint, it was so filling and full of dimension.
Meg went for the hotcakes with berries, cream, bacon, egg and ice cream. She had this to say ‘Really good, would have it again! Was very unusual with the cute cream home top and made it different to anything I’d had for brunch before! I made it fat daddy style (thinks that what it was called) which added bacon and a fried egg, the bacon went so well with it however wasn’t sure on the fried egg with the ice cream but I’m not a huge egg fan anyways haha! If I went back I’d have it again without a doubt but hold on the fried egg. ALSO, I had a Nutella coffee which was OUT OF THIS WORLD’
We had such a chilled morning here. The music, atmosphere and interiors makes for a great lazy brunch or catch up with mates. The staff were also amazing. Alice, who was serving us, was so lovely! The prices are pretty standard for a Brighton coffee joint and the menu was vast. I’m looking into going back for an evening meal as I have my eye on those cocktails. Let me know if you’d like a review of that as well! Thank you so much to RedRoaster, Alice and Mike for having us. This meal was complimentary but all opinions are my own.