Let's get this straight. Marmalade is THE middle class hang out in East Brighton. I've lived here all my life and watched the area change dramatically over the last few years. Before it was all betting shops, plumbing supplies and greasy spoons, but today is a different story with the likes of this place, the fabulous Busby & Wilds, Ground and Real Patisserie. Not that I'm complaining. I don't gamble, need a flange pipe or eat fried bread (and was wise enough to get on the property ladder before the Issacs and Olivias racked the prices up out of the local's reach).
The menu format is simple with contemporary breakfast favourites or at lunch time there's a large selection of sandwiches and a choice of mains like quiche, tarts or roast chicken dishes with two of the salads for around the £10 mark. Pastries and cakes are dotted around for the all day munchies too.
My vegetable tart was nice if a little unusual, being a filo pastry case with an omelette like layer underneath the classic roasted veg and pesto topping. This did suffer with a slightly soggy centre but the edges were crisp and delicious. Salads were particularly nice and varied. I opted for the roasted beetroot with spinach, scattered with broad beans and spring onions. The Israeli couscous was filling but probably could have done with more spice and seasoning for my taste.
I think their pricing is keen but just about acceptable, definitely not for everyday although portions are incredibly generous and food is of a good standard. The queues out the door prove that.
37 Eastern Road, Brighton BN2 5JJ