It’s fair to say that Brighton doesn’t face a lack of Italian restaurants. Edendum on East street offers something slightly refreshing as it’s bistro style setting is a cafe/coffee shop by day and an Italian restaurant by night. It was opened by Diego and Lorenza, a couple from Northern Italy. The menu steers clear from the expected and has some really interesting choices! Their whole ethos is based around using the best quality ingredients and sticking to authentic recipes.
I stopped by on a rainy Saturday night, which was fairly quiet. It’s located on busy East Street, surrounded by other bars and restaurants.The ambience was very chilled, with classical piano music in the background and we were ready to dive in!
The interiors are clean, simple and effective with mood lighting and colourful walls. We were greeted kindly by the waitress who showed us to our table by the window. The walls were covered in their produce, which customers can buy.
To start off with, we ordered a bottle of the Chilean Sauvignon Blanc (£19) which was fresh and light. They offer a wide variety of wine and cocktails including everyone’s favourite aperol spritz. We ordered a portion of the large green olives to go with the wine, which were served on ice – a lovely touch!
My dining partner and I went to Italy over summer together and both fell in love with Arancini, small balls of deep fried rice. We were both really happy to see this on the menu and it didn’t disappoint. Their Arancine (£5.90) was served on a fragrant asparagus puree and filled with mushrooms. Just how we remembered it, fresh from Italy.
We also shared the Bruschetta (£5.90), a slight twist on the classic tomato and basil with added smashed avocado and caramelised onion. The size was perfect and I liked it being served on smaller, more crusty bread. The perfect starter to an Italian feast.
For mains, we wanted to sample the 2 best things from Italy- pizza and pasta. I went for the Sfiziosa pizza (£13.90), a sourdough pizza topped with parma ham, rocket, tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. I’ve tried a lot of sourdough pizza but this was up there with the best-plenty of topping with the soft crust we all like.
We also tried the Paccheri (£13.90), short tubed pasta filled with ricotta and in a rich tomato sauce. We did mention that the portion size was fairly small but the richness from the sauce made up for it and we were left more than satisfied. The pasta was cooked perfectly al dente and I really enjoyed this meal (especially mopping up the sauce with the pizza crusts!). One thing to note is that they offer a good selection of vegan and vegetarian options as well!
Overall, I really enjoyed my experience at Edendum and I’d be happy to return to try some of their other dishes (I have my eye on the sea bass with black ink couscous). We didn’t have room for desert but our bill came with a homemade tiramisu chocolate which went down a treat on the way home! If you’re looking for somewhere that serves great Italian food, a friendly atmosphere and yummy wine, here is the place for you.
69 East Street, Brighton BN1 1HQ, United Kingdom, BN1 1HQ