Un petit-déjeuner avec grande saveur
“A small breakfast with big flavour”
Stroll down from Brighton Station and you’ll come to Mange Tout, an Independent Parisian Bistro that’s the sister to Plateau, one of Brighton’s top 20 restaurants. You’ll be greeted by a buzz of chatter and the sounds of the barista grinding beans and steaming milk. Undertones of upbeat French jazz ebb and flow throughout the building, creating a space that’s easy to escape in.
The décor is unpretentious with mismatch chairs and tables that are from genuinely reclaimed bits of wood – not the typical imitations. The floor is concrete with splatters of paint and the walls, off-white with fern green accents dotted about. Behind the bar is an impressive looking wine store, which from perusing the menu is not just for show. I’m here to sample brunch, but reading from the wall-hung blackboard, I’m starting to wish I could hang around until dinner too.
The brunch menu is split into sweet vs. savoury with the savoury side containing all the egg classics; Florentine, Benedict and Royale, in addition to Mange Tout’s version of the full English; Complet Mange Tout – £9.50, which I select. (A vegetarian option with halloumi is also available.)
After a little wait for my order to be taken, my brunch arrives in a blink. Initially, it looks small, but as I delve in I find the mushrooms hidden beneath the subtly smoked, thick-cut bacon and Toulouse sausage. Alongside, a chunky slice of soughdough with spinach that tastes as though it’s just been pulled from the ground. The accompanying tomato compote (a roasted tomato relish) is a finer alternative to the usual ketchup, adding a welcome twist.
Unlike the typical British banger, the Toulouse sausage is made from pork marinated in red wine for at least 24 hours, before lashings of garlic are added along with herbs and black pepper. The result is a rich and strong-flavoured sausage reminiscent of a Spanish chorizo
PRICE: £15 ( 1x breakfast, 1x orange juice, 1x latté)
RATING: Must Go | Worth a Try | Give it a Miss
SCORES ON THE DOORS: 5/5 from the FSA for food hygiene
Mange Tout is up there with the likes of Bills and Café Coho, with quality produce sourced from Sussex that can be tasted from the very first bite. It’s menu, as the name roughly translates, makes you want to ‘eat everything’.
Need to Know
Opening Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 Sunday to Wednesday, 9:00 to 21:30 Thursday, Friday & Saturday.
Have you tried the Mange Tout or Plateau? What did you think? And where do think serves the best breakfast in Brighton? Leave me a comment below and share your thoughts.