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  • 5.0 star rating
    22/4/2014

    Amazing food!

    The place was packed, so there was plenty of time to decide between mains while waiting. Everyone in our group had a hard time choosing between the amazing mains available. The food was definitely worth the wait though. I had the Spanakopita with tofu and the sides completely filled my plate - it looked as though I would never eat it all. I was wrong.

    Lovely food. Fresh, tasty and lots of it. Great service here too despite the busy small area. Would definitely come back again.

  • 5.0 star rating
    29/4/2014

    I had the best vegetarian meal of my life at Iydea. My friends and I walked in overwhelmed by the delicious smells. Iydea has a variety of options at decent prices. The servers were friendly and gave generous portions.

  • 5.0 star rating
    7/11/2012

    i recently visited my cousin with my brother and sister in Brighton and went here for lunch. The food is delicious and so reasonable priced for a plate full off food. Between the four of us there was nothing left on the plates.

    i hope you expand looking forward to going again

  • 3.0 star rating
    30/9/2009

    If there's two words that sum up Ilydea it's hale & hearty.

    Set in the middle of the bustling Kensington Gardens, its an ideal pit-stop for veggies and vegans. The wooden tables and chairs give the place a homely feel and it's usually packed with locals and students grabbing a quick bite. The canteen style lay-out makes me think of school but most people seem to like the fact they can look at the different options before ordering.

    The menu changes daily with a choice of about 5 or 6 main dishes from veggie chillis, stews and pies to lasagne. There's also a big selection of different salads, steamed veggies, smoothies and hot drinks. I've eaten here a couple of times and enjoyed what I've had but I find it a bit old fashioned in terms of food and ambience. If I had the choice, I'd rather eat a super food salad or sweet potato falafel at Leon.

    Note to Allegra and the rest of the Leon crew - when are you going to open a branch in Brighton?!

  • 4.0 star rating
    21/7/2011

    Iydea works by offering a counter service of delicious hot food and salads. The choice is great and the quality rivals Food for Friends.
    The cafe gets really busy at lunch times, but you have the option to take away also so you don't miss out and if you are lucky enough to get a seat, the outside benches are great for people watching.

    There is a wide array of meals on offer - soup, tortilas, enchilladas, lasagna, falafal, salads etc. and all are freshly prepared, vegetarian delights. They also offer fresh fruit juices and smoothies and everything is served with a smile.

  • 5.0 star rating
    20/5/2012

    SO good! my boyfriend and i followed the sun and ended up in brighton on a sunny, saturday. we checked out yelp and decided to try this place for lunch. we wanted to take away which worked quite well as it was very busy both inside and out, but sitting at the tables outside would have been a fabulous people watching spot, so i will keep that in mind for the next time i am here.

    the food was amazingly delicious! you pick a main dish and then either 2 side salads or 4 side salads (depending on how hungry you are, but seriously, you'd have to be HANK MARVIN to tackle the large, the portions are very generous!) and 2 toppings. i had a wonderful gnocci with goats cheese and pesto as my main (all the options sounded good though from lasagne, to enchiladas, to quiche), with pearl barley cous cous and broccoli, plus salsa and hummus. OH YUMMMMMMMMM. i don't normally like mixing my food as i like to keep my flavours and textures separate, but this was just so good, i didn't care. for 2 "small" meals, and a sparkling water, i paid £11, so really good value for money, and it kept us full all day (well, apart from the cheeky frozen yoghurt we had later on...)

    the staff are friendly and efficient, they offer wine and beer as well as teas, coffees and organic juices. there really was nothing i didn't like about this place and will definitely return the next time i am in brighton (& i will be bringing my vegetarian friends who will be overjoyed by this place!)

  • 4.0 star rating
    12/2/2010

    MMMMMM.....
    Any place that serves buttered Kale deserves to be written about.

    Iydea is a healthy hearty local haunt situated in the ever so hip area of the North Laines.  Keeping in the whole Vegan/Veggie theme that Brighton has going for itself, Iydea is a fancy cafeteria-styleesque option in the veggie mix.

    With wooden benches where people can share space to enjoy their meals, Iydea offers real veggie style home cooking.  Make sure to read the boards to understand what is being offered, as there are different selections for meals.  

    Main dishes come in S or L are served with any 2 or 4 salads from the bar (plus a free dressing).  Or you can have S salad selection of 2. M of 3 and L of 4.  

    Main dishes generally run for a bout £5-6 pounds and include Falafel, Spinach Lasagna (my fave) and Roti.. just to name a few.  Salads are always plentiful with colourful selections such as Bean Salad, Mixed greens and Baked Root Veggies.

    Iydea is the perfect place for a lunch stopover, but come well equipped with a proper appetite, because portions are generous.

  • 5.0 star rating
    16/6/2010

    The best place for lunch on this street in my opinion.

    All veggie.
    Healthy.
    Lots of organic.
    On the dear side (fiver for a lunch).
    Friendly staff.
    Very busy at lunchtime.
    Lots of choice (with subway style counter pick n mix).

    Best aspect: get leftovers from around 4.45-5.30pm for only £2.70! (Alternatively sit outside the White Rabbit pub opposite and be offered leftovers just before they shut!)

  • 5.0 star rating
    29/12/2010
    1 check-in here
    Listed in Top Brighton Picks

    Wonderful place. Definitely a lunch type of spot. Go in and they serve you from their warm and cold veggie buffet. Prices are spot on, service is always with a smile, and seating is nice and cozy.

    First time I went I struck up a nice conversation with the other people at the table. Second time, friends walked by and we all enjoyed together.

    Their soups are really nice... and the thing that gives this place a 5 star... at the end of the night they package up the extra food and leave it on the doorstep for those in need.

    Thats whats needed, thats what I love.

  • 4.0 star rating
    27/4/2010

    This is a very nice vegetarian cafe on Kensington Gardens. The decor is homely and there are also some tables outside. Being a pedestrian road, this is especially nice in the summer months.

    The food is pretty wide ranging and cooked on the premises daily. Expect items like lasagna, tagine and other hearty bites. Aside from ordering your main, you get to choose from a good selection of side dishes and the staff are happy to let you pile up your plate. Again, all this is made on the premises and they regularly replenish the bowls with fresh batches. Expect to pay about £5 for a meal, which is extremely reasonable.

    They also offer your expected range of coffee's, speciality teas and home made smoothies. Even if you are not hungry, it's worth stopping by for a beverage, just because the place has such a nice atmosphere. You really should give this place a go even if you are not a vegetarian. Top food, drinks and service should never be passed up!

    • Qype User warrio…
    • London
    • 133 friends
    • 253 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    7/12/2008

    I absolutely love this place, it's one of the things that makes me think very seriously about relocating to Brighton.

    The first time I came here I was searching for the perfect vegan breakfast. Here it was, all yummy sausages and mushroom and beans, in lovely surroundings with super friendly serving staff. As I chomped away happily I saw them starting to bring out trays of delicious looking things for lunch, and cursed the breakfast for being so tasty and so filling! My boyfriend's face was a picture of surprise and mild disgust as I mentioned my plan to hang around for long enough after breakfast to feel hungry again just so we could try some of the delicious dishes - and yet boys complain if you don't eat!

    Thankfully on a more recent trip to Brighton I managed to get in for lunchables and was not disappointed. It's proper, hearty vegetarian fare with plenty of good vegan options, and you pay for the dish alone, with a choice of two salads or with unlimited extra bits. It's all very reasonably priced I think, and there's free Wifi in there if you want to make a day of it.

    In summary - yum.

    • Qype User Alice_…
    • Brighton
    • 174 friends
    • 224 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    2/3/2010

    Iydea is a wonderful canteen-style restaurant in North Laine catering for vegetarians, vegans and coeliacs. All of their dishes are clearly marked as to their suitability for each of these dietary requirements meaning that I find it an incredibly easy and delicious place to eat. They have a range of both hot and cold food, which varies on a day-to-day basis.

    Of the hot dishes, my favourites are their gluten-free falafels, vegetable thai curry and veggie 'n' bean shepherd's pie (which are there pretty regularly). When you get a hot dish, you can choose between large or small - the 'small' means you get two side dishes, the 'large' means you can have pretty much ALL the side dishes piled on to your plate (it's well worth getting the large!)

    Their side dishes are always things like roasted root veg, steamed vegetables, couscous or bulgar wheat salads, bean or chickpea salads, red cabbage coleslaw, Greek salad and potato salad. The portions are amazingly generous too - for between £5-7 you can completely stuff yourself on the most wonderfully healthy food. If you don't want a hot meal though, you can opt for a plate of just the salad (about £3-4). Like the hot dishes, the sides and salads seem to vary day-to-day so you'll never have the same meal twice.

    Their takeaways are a teensy bit cheaper for exactly the same amount of food and come in a square cardboard box with a wooden knife and fork (which I think is a great way of eating!) More often than not during the summer I'll happily opt for a piled up a takeaway box and head down to the beach rather than sit in a hot and inevitably crowded little café.

  • 5.0 star rating
    18/11/2013

    Awesome place. The food is a dream, especially for vegetarian/vegan people. We don't have something similar in Germany. I miss it. Also very friendly to kids.

    • Qype User profan…
    • Brighton
    • 12 friends
    • 9 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    20/8/2008

    Oh my, the butternut squash curry is so good here! This combined with the homemade lemonade makes a perfect meal.

    A very big selection of veggi dishes, and a fixed, reasonable price  around £6 where you get a main, and all the veg and salad you can eat, plus 2 dips, or seed for the top.

    This place is so delicious, and such good value, you won't be able to resist going back over and over  and enough range to make non-vegetarians see just how tasty and wide ranging veggie food can be

    • Qype User getdan…
    • London
    • 2 friends
    • 15 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    29/12/2009

    A cafe restaurant - more of a good quality cafe, I suppose - but either way, it's lovely. Whilst made for vegetarians, this is pretty much the closest source to home cooked just-how-your-mother-made-it food (if not better) for something even students can afford. If you fancy a taste of non-commercial yummy Brighton life I recommend Iydea for warm tummy type food.

    Whilst it's vegetarian based (which can, on occasion taste good! 1), there's a great array of food and the serving format is genius. Simply ask for a small portion and pick two veg, or ask for a large and pick however many you like (although this was enough to confuse my dear Mother upon visitation). The menu continuously changes and costs £4.70 to £7.70 which provides you with as much food as humanly fits on a plate. Foody examples include regular Lasagna, Tortilla, and Chilli style things, and occasionally a Gypsy stew, although we aren't quite sure what this is (Seasonal veg with a paprika sauce and basmati rice & salad, we found, after short investigation).

    1 - as a reformed vegetarian, there's a lot of tosh out there but this is genuinely nommish. And as someone who now eats meat, it's so good you won't miss it (for one meal).

    Iydea is open from 9:30-5:30 weekdays (10am-5:30am at weekends) and if you head there towards closing time you can pick up a food box on the cheap, which I like.

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  • 5.0 star rating
    13/1/2013
    1 check-in here

    Impressive spot. Delicious vegetarian food at ridicolous price, it's definitely the best I have ever had in Brighton. Can't be missed

    • Qype User Sonia…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 104 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    17/11/2008

    The food here is pretty good, although not consistently so. I've had a few meals there that I haven't really enjoyed at all but most of the time the food is good.
    I don't really like the atmosphere though. It always seems so crowded and rushed and I prefer to relax and take my time when i eat. More of a cafe than a restaurant.
    It's not the most comfortable place to eat either. You don't get much room and the tables are quite high and I don't like that much.

  • 3.0 star rating
    28/11/2013

    Everyone is Brighton seems to be raving about this place.  Its good if you are looking for a vegan menu but I was not that impressed with the buffet they had.   You line up along the buffet and pick a main and sides.   We tried 3 different main items and all were decent.   Nothing I'd come back for again and again.

  • 4.0 star rating
    27/9/2011

    went to the North lanes for a stroll and popped into see what's on the menu... and everything looked really good sitting in front of me. I think it helps when they show the food.. because otherwise i wouldn't really know what to order. Had the Cauliflower pie ... and tried the lasagna.. both very delicious. definitely going back to taste a few more things i spotted. They also do half priced boxes towards closing. Friendly staff and very cozy setting.

  • 4.0 star rating
    26/5/2011

    This place is delicious. I went during lunch and it was pretty hectic. You need to be on your toes as far as having your choices ready by time time you get to the front of the line  -I can't even say I've seen it slow.

  • 4.0 star rating
    13/1/2010

    Due to the diversity of the city there is so much on offer regarding music, food and all other things debatable. One of my favourite stop offs on a Saturday afternoon has to be Iydea. This little vegetarian café in Kensington Gardens (near Snoopers Paradise) serves top quality organic fresh food. Especially good is the enchilada, which when fully loaded can be a substantial meal or even a snack to go back to. Iydea'a location in the vibrant cosmopolitan North Laine makes it a popular hotspot to many of Brighton residents.

  • 4.0 star rating
    21/2/2010

    This place is fantastic for vegetarian food. Its one of those services where you get to choose between different mains, sides and veggies as you go along the track. The main dishes are always gorgeous and the sides are always very tasty, I don't know what they do with that cabbage but its very clever. It's a nice set up in there, although on a Saturday shopping run it can be hard to find a seat. The interior is as wholesome as the grub meaning and you leave knowing that you got 7 out of your veggies-a-day and feeling rather smug about it. Very tasty and the price is right, excellent.

    • Qype User thesus…
    • Crediton, Devon
    • 52 friends
    • 279 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    24/3/2010

    As ever, Alice has nailed this one. Very pleasant & chilled; they were playing a Nat King Cole record when I was there. What a voice!!!

  • 4.0 star rating
    17/12/2011

    I have to change my diet for medical reasons. Something that I'm not looking forward to. However the transition is being made easier by having eateries such as Iydea to go to. Referred by a family Veggie memer, I tried in here and was very pleasantly surprised and pleased with the menu offered. I am not totally converted, as I know I will still have my meat ration. Really tasty, though.

  • 5.0 star rating
    20/7/2010 Updated review

    Went there again. Loved it again. A keeper. Only downside: the place doesn't invite to linger.

    4.0 star rating
    17/7/2010 Previous review
    Uncomplicated, yummy lunch. Goes very fast, as you just pick and chose some items from the… Read more
    • Qype User ruharp…
    • Brighton
    • 6 friends
    • 16 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    26/6/2009

    A fab staple for lunch, always good gluten free options, lots of flavoursome, garlicky toppings and a riot of colour in the salad bar.

    Marvellous

    • Qype User rossbr…
    • Brighton
    • 7 friends
    • 9 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    9/11/2009

    Don't be put off by the vegan label - this place is for everyone. If like me, dreadlocks bring you out in a rash, you may have passed this place by, put off by the usual new-age Brighton-types that loiter outside. Fear not, basically it's a brilliantly fresh, wholesome and unique lunch option.
    You can eat in, but for me the beauty of Iydea is the ability to select a large lunch option, choose one of the mains (the lasagna's and enchillada's are gorgeous), and then fill the rest of the box with a section of hot stuff (roasted vegetables), and cold stuff (leafy salads, bean things, humous etc), all for £5-£6 depending on your choice of main. Somebody does all of this for you, normally a thoroughly pleasant young lady (smiling and politeness is definitely recommended, and can result in a far more crammed box, plus life's too short to be mean), and the whole process rarely takes more than 5 minutes. The boxes themselves have that nice bio-degradable feel, and the whole experience is joyous.

    ps. top tip - if you're passing by late afternoon, you can catch their daily sale of leftovers, packed up into neat little boxes for a couple of pounds.

    • Qype User bright…
    • Brighton
    • 8 friends
    • 10 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    15/8/2008

    Delicious and reasonable vegetarian food. Can be a bit of a wait but it's worth it.

  • 4.0 star rating
    15/4/2011

    I ate here on Tuesday.  Good food, and very happy/friendly staff.  Great!

    • Qype User nsayad…
    • Brighton
    • 0 friends
    • 20 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    15/10/2011

    After reading way too much into this place I decided to have some lunch there. When I arrived there was still some choice of food available, and they were replenishing the counter though! The place was very busy, the staff friendly and all smiles and the last two tables outside got snapped up as I was ordering. So, I ordered to go and took my Nacho Bake (with two sides and two toppings, green beans with garlic, roasted carrots with spices, sour cream and some coriander topping) down to the Pavilion Gardens.
    The carrots were a bit too hard for my liking but the spices worked well with them, the green beans were cooked perfectly, very yummy! The best bit was definitely my Nacho Bake though. I was tempted to ask for more in the shop as it didn't look like enough to fill, but the portion size was perfect, a lovely filling sweet potato bake with delicate spice and it was perfect with some sour cream.
    I will definitely be going back!

  • 4.0 star rating
    25/9/2009
    First to Review

    You know those days when yuo really feel ravenous? Or when you really want chips or cake but know that one more indulgence is going to tip the scales-literally! My suggestion - head to Iydea. It is alittle day time cafe in the Lanea that serves the most delicious filling food. No matter what you are craving, after a plate of the mixed salads, falafel or lasagne-to name a few-from this place you will feel so satisfied, full and healthy, thst you won't need anything else. The serviceworks like a canteen with a selection of foods laid out that you choose from. You can order combinations of things or set meals and everything is very reasonable. So you end up with a piled high plate of fresh humous, salad, beans...you can eat heartily! It's mostly vegetarian but not so severe that it doesn't allow some taste and good fat to creep in, to keep those tastebuds happy! They have an impressive selections of teas as well.

  • 4.0 star rating
    29/4/2010

    Iydea is a canteen-style vegetarian café, where you queue up and point to the things you want.  According to their website they sell 'great quality fast food,' and I'm sure the canteen system is supposed to make everything quicker.  Unfortunately all their stuff is so deliciously tasty that when I am standing there in front of it I get paralysed with indecision, and it becomes very slow food, both for me and the people behind me in the queue.  But in all seriousness, it's really tasty, and it's great to be able to choose exactly which salads and veggies and toppings you would like to go with your hot food.  You can also get everything to take away, and they sell stuff off at discounted rates at the end of the day, which can make a trip in extremely bargainous.  They do a wide selection of tasty drinks, and the café itself has a warm, homey feel.  It gets very steamy in the winter, so you can sit inside with a cup of hot juice, eating excellent food and shelter in an oasis of loveliness from the cold weather outside.

    • Qype User strang…
    • Brighton
    • 2 friends
    • 14 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    4/2/2012

    Iydea is a great little place to have lunch with your friends. The atmosphere is very relaxed and the staff are great: very attentive and helpful, if you need a little direction with how to order as it is a little overwhelming if you've never been here before. There is a wide variety of vegetarian dishes, all cooked to perfection and the smoothies are brilliant. As a meat eater, I always say that 'a bit of mince would jazz things up', but that's just me being fussy. I thoroughly recommend popping in, if you're in the North Laines, or pop by just before closing time to pick up a take out box for the princely sum of £3.20.

    • Qype User kayb…
    • Brighton
    • 0 friends
    • 1 review
    5.0 star rating
    8/11/2010

    You guys are what I miss most about Brighton....Please Please Please open one in Guilford..... soon! Kay xx

    • Qype User bright…
    • Brighton
    • 1 friend
    • 14 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    26/10/2011

    Amazing, healthy and tasty fast food. That alone makes this a great place to eat in Brighton. My only complaint is that they aren't open for dinner.

    • Qype User maymyr…
    • Brighton
    • 0 friends
    • 3 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    20/9/2011

    I went into Iydea for the first time the other day, not really understanding the concept of knowing what the food was going to be like. I was very pleasantly greeted and informed in detail about all the different dishes they had on the menu. The chilli and cheese roti was amazing and all the sides that went with it were pretty good too. It was a little expensive for me, at over £5 for a take away lunch but I did get a pretty generous amount and I could have gone for a smaller option Very good for lunch though, thanks!

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