The brave, bold flavours and colour of North African, Lebanese and Middle Eastern cuisines come together here at A Taste Of Sahara, a pan-Arabic restaurant with a nose for freshness and an eye for detail. Naturally, the food is halal, and the restaurant itself a sight to behold, with beautiful tiling, Moroccan tin lanterns, rich wooden tones and elegant dining tables alongside more casual banquette seating for an eminently social feast. And that’s the way you should approach this Brighton and Hove restaurant along the busy Regency stretch of Western Road – with a big group, passing plates of hot and cold mezze around the table.
A Taste of Sahara’s most popular dishes are undoubtedly their mezze platters – classic falafel, hummus, and vine leaves ramping up to big plates of marinated and grilled chicken wings with a simple lemon dressing, traditional lamb sausages and Arabic salads. Many Brighton and Hove diners make a meal from mezze alone, going for the chef’s two mezze banquet options, available as vegetarian as well. And, if you’re visiting this Western Road, Regency restaurant with a group of ten or more people, you can choose between three lavish set menus with ample dishes for your party.
Further on in A Taste of Sahara’s menu you can find specific regional cuisines. Traditional Moroccan lamb or chicken tagines, Tunisian couscous mixed with carrots, potatoes, chickpeas and your choice of vegetables or meats. The Middle Eastern shakshouka is a hit among Brighton and Hove vegetarians, and you can even find some Indian dishes with a pronounced Arabic influence. Whatever you choose, be sure to repair to the shisha patio with some mint tea for a traditional finish to your Middle Eastern meal. Being a hotspot for this kind of cuisine in the twinned cities, it’s always best to book a table at A Taste of Sahara ahead of time.