The colourful, historic seaside resort of Brighton has plenty of Arabic restaurants to tempt the foodie with a taste for the exotic. Head for the Western Road just behind the seafront and you'll be struck by the evocative odours of the Middle East and North Africa. Authentic eastern spices are at the heart of the cuisine, as is lamb, whether served as barg (succulent fillets), kufta (chargrilled skewers) or a versatile filling. Meanwhile lanterns, carved wood and rich fabrics help to transport you far away from the blustery south coast of England.
A selection of mezze or starters in small dishes is a great way to begin a meal at one of Brighton's Arabic restaurants. They'll get the taste buds nicely primed for a shawarma (a wrap stuffed with spit-roast lamb or chicken) or a fish or chicken tagine, a slow-cooked stew made with plums and fragrant with saffron and ginger. Meanwhile, the likes of cumin-infused falafel, melt in the mouth fatayer pastries and delicately scented cucumber salads with lemon dressing should keep vegetarians well satisfied.