Burgers, bubble and squeak, roasted courgettes, over easy egg and hot sauce (Home meal)

This was a bit of a fridge clear out meal but it worked.

For any non-UK followers, bubble and squeak is when you combine mashed potato with leftover greens like cabbage or in this case kale. You can fry it into potato cakes and get some nice crispy bits.

Scones with jam and clotted cream (National Portrait Gallery, Trafalgar Square)

Scones with jam and clotted cream (National Portrait Gallery, Trafalgar Square)

Mexican style salad with black beans, sweetcorn, tomato, cucumber, avocado, red onion and lettuce (Home meal)

Mexican style salad with black beans, sweetcorn, tomato, cucumber, avocado, red onion and lettuce (Home meal)

Overnight oats with cherry jam and flaked almonds - I call it “Bakewell Tart overnight oats” (Home meal)

Overnight oats with cherry jam and flaked almonds - I call it “Bakewell Tart overnight oats” (Home meal)

Fried tofu, stir fried vegetables and brown rice (Home meal)

Today’s satay stir fry sauce:

3tsp soy sauce
2tsp smooth peanut butter
2tsp sriracha
1tsp cider vinegar
1tsp balsamic vinegar
1tsp agave syrup
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp garlic granules
Black pepper 

Put it all in a jar and shake it up, adding water to thin out a little as required.

Fried tofu, stir fried vegetables and brown rice (Home meal)

Today’s satay stir fry sauce:

3tsp soy sauce
2tsp smooth peanut butter
2tsp sriracha
1tsp cider vinegar
1tsp balsamic vinegar
1tsp agave syrup
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp garlic granules
Black pepper

Put it all in a jar and shake it up, adding water to thin out a little as required.

Roasted mock duck over vegetable fried rice, with roasted broccoli, sesame seeds and sriracha (Home meal)

Roasted mock duck over vegetable fried rice, with roasted broccoli, sesame seeds and sriracha (Home meal)

Vegetarian lasagne and garlic courgettes (Homemade but not by me)

Vegetarian lasagne and garlic courgettes (Homemade but not by me)

Homemade chocolate chip, walnut and Baileys banana bread with a Baileys glaze

Veggie full English: mushrooms, baked beans, hash browns, English muffin, homemade seitan sausages and scrambled eggs (Home meal)

Veggie full English: mushrooms, baked beans, hash browns, English muffin, homemade seitan sausages and scrambled eggs (Home meal)

Pompoko, Brighton: 4/5 

We approached Pompoko expecting a long wait due to the queue outside, but this turned out to be for takeout orders. We wanted to dine in, and were seated almost immediately. The rooms inside the restaurant are packed, and we were squeezed in on one table between two other groups. The takeout line snaked inside too, making for a crowded and bustling atmosphere, but we liked the feel of the place and didn’t mind at all.

The menu had a lot of vegetarian options, clearly marked, with photos showing you what to expect. The prices were uniformly low, which tempted us into ordering far too much food since the portions are generous.

Ordering takes place at the counter, where you can also ask for little tubs of additional sauces - I, of course, got extra chilli sauce. The food followed fairly quickly afterwards, and on the whole we observed a quick turnover of customers, though we took our time and didn’t feel hurried.

My starter was the only lowlight of the meal; a crunchy spring roll type affair but with tofu skin instead of a normal pastry wrapper. It was a bit tough and chewy, and didn’t do much for me.

My main of a tofu rice bowl with sesame BBQ sauce was much more enjoyable, with ample quantities of each ingredient. This dish alone would have been sufficient as a meal. The sauce could perhaps have been improved upon - it didn’t have a strong sesame flavour as I had wanted - but I would definitely make a return visit to try another rice bowl.

My boyfriend and I split the veggie noodles. This was a totally unnecessary indulgence and we struggled to eat much of it, thought it was very good for what it was. The veggies were fresh and cooked to the right level of tenderness. Fried noodles are generally greasy but these weren’t too bad at all. Still, in hindsight I wouldn’t bother with these again - I would stick to the rice bowl.

Overall, Pompoko is a popular and extremely good value restaurant, with an authentic atmosphere and great vegetarian options. I would definitely revisit Pompoko the next time I visit Brighton for a few days.

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