Saturday, 13 July 2013

Review: Foodilic Western Road Brighton

I was recently asked to review Foodilic on Western Road, Brighton.  This branch was launched on 15th May and is Brighton's second Foodilic (the first being on North Street). There is also a third to open soon in North London on Pentonville Road. 

Foodilic's ethos is one that appeals to me - "delicious and nutritious".  

"Foodilic provides quality, great tasting and healthy food options. We aim to appeal and excite with great, value-for-money, fresh nutritious, mostly organic produce."
Do this well and you can't go far wrong. So the question was: would Foodilic live up to its own PR?   

Mr Chip Butties and myself went along on a lovely warm July evening earlier this week. We were greeted by happy, chatty staff who seemed genuinely interested in the food they were serving and providing good customer service...a very good start.  

At Foodilic Western Road you order and collect your food from the counter.  There is a large display of freshly prepared salads, roast meats, salmon and fresh bread.  There are also several hot options including beef and chicken stews and Mediterranean pastries - feuillete - with fillings ranging from smoked chicken to roasted sweet pumpkin. Everything looked delicious and it was going to be difficult to choose...

After a few minutes of us faffing around deciding what to have Mr CB went for the confit duck leg, tabbouleh, carrot salad and a few slices of roast aubergine with melted haloumi cheese.  I had honey and lemon roast chicken, avocado and mango salad and beetroot salad

To drink we both had a mixed apple and beetroot juice that had been freshly prepared.  I knew this meal was going to be doing us good. Packed with bright colours, fresh ingredients and nutrients.  

 We were not disappointed.  The flavours were zingy, fresh and everything had been beautifully prepared. The salads were ultra fresh.  A particular favourite was the avocado and mango salad - ripe and fragrant fruit which complimented my honey roast chicken perfectly. 

And now for dessert....well, this was equally hard to choose - but as there were 2 of us we were luckily able to share.  We ordered the hot sweet roast pumpkin feuillete, which was flavoured with vanilla - served with a cold yogurt sauce and an Ischler - which I can only describe as a giant, overstuffed wagon wheel! Crunchy biscuits sandwiching fluffy soft meringue and covered in chocolate - delicious. 

I could definitely get used to this place!  Gushing praise indeed but places like this are few and far between - especially in a big place like Brighton and should be recognised when they are doing a great job.   

I will definitely be to try is the breakfast menu which had smoked haddock kedgeree and eggs Benedict to name just a few of the items on offer.  Another customer ordered the eggs Benedict while we were there and I did have a momentary pang of food envy!  

Delicious, fast and healthy food - perfect for an informal meal or take-away.  Foodilic provide the kind of food I like to cook at home - simple and full of flavour.  All this and very reasonably priced too.  What more can you ask for?  Well done Foodilic - keep it up!  

163 Western Road, Brighton, BN1 2BB
Tel: 01273 760 190

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