Whatever your palate desires, Chichester will be able to provide. From classic British dishes, from dawn to dusk, to fusion items, to culturally rich food from all over the globe. It may not seem like Chichester is able to offer all this, but you will find yourself embarked on a true gastronomic journey, and you will find that in between enriching your mind with history, you will be enriching your tummy with rich, delicious, unique flavours each day. Whatever type of person you may be, morning, evening or tea time, you will find the perfect dish or wine to accompany you. Here are the best restaurants in Chichester.
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Cote Brasserie serves classic brasserie dishes with a modern twist. They have been inspired by novel Parisian trends, and bring the same to Chichester. They have an ever changing specials menu, so if you’re a regular, fear not, you will not be disappointed. The interiors are a blend of elegant and rustic, with minimal details that recall Parisian style. Their hearty meals are a treat to the eyes you just want to dive into, with a menu that accommodates almost every taste and preference. You can typical brasserie favourites such as steak frites, moules marinieres, corn-fed chicken from rural Brittany and tuna Nicoise. They offer special breakfast dishes, including Champagne Breakfast for those special celebrations and lighter options for those who prefer. They have brunch on the weekend and bank holidays, a grand drinks menu, including Aperitifs and nice ciders, a special gluten free menu and a fun “Menu Enfants” for the little ones.
Field and Fork
The ideal place for an intimate dinner or lunch, in a beautiful setting. You can choose to dine in their airy conservatory or the more traditional dining room. Their dishes are unconventional and inventive, with unusual pairings that complement each other wonderfully. Their ingredients are thoughtfully sourced and seasonal, so freshness is assured. The plates will arrive as gorgeous as the place itself, with sophisticated starters such as Stuffed Field & Fork Courgette Flowers, Open Grilled Fresh Mackerel Sandwich and Maple Glazed Slow Roasted Pork Belly. Their mains sound dreamy, such as the Caramelised Onion & Ricotta Gnocchi, Blue Cheese Glazed Rump of Veal, Butter Roasted Fillet of Cod. you can also head over here for tea and try out their special tea time menu, fitted with scones, varieties of cakes paired with rose wine or champagne.
Viento De Levante
This restaurant specialises in Mediterrenean and Tapas dishes. The atmosphere is of course, very european, fun, trendy and relaxed. They also have a lovely terrace where you can enjoy an al fresco meal. Their menu is extensive, so be prepared to want to try everything. Going here with a bunch of friends is ideal as you can share dig into a number of plates. They serve everything from meat, fish to vegan and in between, so all palates will be satisfied. The main courses consist of chicken, pork tenderloin, king prawns and varieties of pastas. Look out for their wines, beers and special sangria. This restaurant will not disappoint, from authentic dishes to their reasonable prices and unpretentious and welcoming interiors.
Reina Kitchen Meze and Bar
If you want a taste of Turkish cuisine in Chichester, this is where you would go. The interiors are trendy and their dishes colourful and hearty. They pride themselves in using locally sourced ingredients, the finest cuts of meat, sustainably sourced fish and the freshest fruits and vegetables. They combine all of these with traditional Turkish herbs and spices to create authentic Turkish dishes. They offer cold and warm starters, from Houmous to smoked cod roe mousse, lentil soup to Muska Boregi, a crunchy pastry filled with feta cheese and spinach. They have vegetarian dishes, tender, char grilled Kebabs and grilled fish dishes. Look out for their “House Specials” which include a range of mouthwatering kebabs, moussakas, prawn and octopus casseroles. You’ll even find a special over roasted lamb shank and Ali Nazik, char grilled aubergine with the works. Kids get their own menu and trying the desserts is a must.
Artie’s Kitchen is inspired by the love for Spain and brings you the best of Spanish flavours. They show off a culture through their dishes, the colours, the warmth and simplicity, accompanied by rich flavours. The Spanish sentiment of “Sharing is caring” is the main feature here, with the dishes brought to you in intervals to savour in a relaxed manner, encouraging visitors to really rest in their plate and share it with each others. The interiors are rustic and gorgeous, perfectly complementing their menu. They have special lunch offers and for parties larger than 10 Artie’s Kitchen will offer the entire floor for hire or even the whole restaurant. You can find everything from fish to meat and varieties of veggies. Their wine selection is extensive and they have happy hour. All perfect pairings to some Tapas.
Thyme and Chillies Birdham
Thyme & Chillies is a sophisticated and classy but also relaxed spot that serves authentic Indian cuisine. They have a large variety of vegan and vegetarian dishes, and a curry chef and tadoor chef who have combined their expertise of 20 years to bring you delectable and exquisite dishes. The colours and aromas are sure to get your tummy rumbling from the minute you step into the restaurant. The staff here is known to be attentive and friendly, looking into your every need to offer you an impeccable experience. They offer a special lunch menu with samosas and special kebabs for starters and a variety of curries. The dinner menu is more extensive, with interesting starters such as avocado and pomegranate chaat, soya sheek kebabs and crispy paneers, pages of mains ranging from meats, seafood to all vegetarian and a special tandoor section. They have steaming biryanis and soft indian breads to accompany everything.
Lemongrass Thai Restaurant
A daintily decorated Thai restaurant that is notorious for its star class service and food, made from the finest ingredients. They merge locally sourced goods with internationally sourced spices to bring you a thai fine dining experience. It is ideal for an intimate dinner date or a special celebration. Each dish is carefully designed to bring you an experience of wonderful intricacies of Thai dining. They are as beautiful as they are delicious, with colours and textures perfectly blending in. They serve both lunch and dinner, and you can choose between a carefully selected range of set menus as well as a myriad of dishes, including salads, soups, grills and stir fries and curries.
Named restaurant of the year of the South East in 2019, this restaurant aims to bring you the best of the curry world. They prefer calling themselves a curry house as opposed to a mere restaurant, aiming to bring together the multicultural community of Chichester. Their curry menu is inventive and put together by a team of experts that specialise in Tandoori, traditional and fusion cuisine dishes. They offer classic dishes with a twist, that are a sight for sore eyes. The interiors are sophisticated and make for a great place to have a nice celebration or a night you feel like splurging. You will find everything from Biryani dishes, pain rice and breads, tandoori specials and mouth watering main courses. Masala City brings you delectable dishes, carefully and beautifully plated, that will treat your eyes and palate and let you experience a culture on a plate.
The Pass Street Food Cafe
This is where you will find premium street food, from hand pressed burgers to gourmet snacks. They offer a cosy dining space where you can enjoy good food while enjoying a nice day out. Their burgers and sandwiches look simple but are packed with goodness of all kinds. Some of their classic options are The Pass Double Bacon, The Mexican and even the Vegetarian. Some of their more extreme options involve 14 hour spiced pork shoulder, the Protein Monster which consists of bacon, chorizo, the 14 hour spiced pork and peri peri chicken. They also however have healthier options for those who prefer, which is always nice. Some of the Gourmet Treats on offer are quesadillas or mexican toasties, comprising peri peri chicken, triple pork and a loaded vegan option. How awesome would it be to be able to serve these specialties at a celebration or even wedding? Fret not, that option is available. They offer special catering and even have special monthly events to watch out for.
Cider House Kitchen
The Cider House Kitchen is an informal and casual eatery where you can enjoy great food, with a nice atmosphere. Their menu is a blend between classic and rustic, offering freshly made pizza, pasta and other savoury dishes. They use the finest Italian ingredients from a local Italian supplier, and have a pizza master to bring you the best of this world. It is open for both lunch and dinner, and promises to never disappoint. Their dishes are a beautiful culinary treat, with varying textures and colours complementing each other. The pizzas are almost award winning delicious, with even options of gluten free and vegan. You can pair these gourmet pizzas with a a selection of italian beer or wine and kids can choose from the kids’ menu and will even find milkshakes to enjoy alongside. Look out for their one of a kind apple pie made with their very delicate pizza dough.
Lieze Neven is a globetrotting travel writer and expat currently based in Nepal. With a passion for exploration, she has lived in Dubai, the UK, and Belgium, alongside her international teacher husband. Her parents live in France and she tries to visit Paris at least once a year. Together, they travel the world looking for the best hotels, experiences and food locations have to offer!