If you’re looking for Turkish food in Brighton Etçi is a really good option.
No question that Turkish food outlets have increased in Brighton in recent years. From budget restaurants to high-end and truck foods.
I guess the increased tourism from the UK to Turkey has had a part in the uptaking of Turkish cuisine, but then, Brighton is considered the London by the sea.
Even I visited Turkey for the first time last year, Didim to be exact in that interim between lockdowns, and I loved it! Can’t wait to go back.
Since I visited Turkey I’ve been more aware of Turkish restaurants in Brighton, and I think Etçi is definitely my favorite one.
Not the cheapest by any means, but you get what you pay for!
What I love about Etçi
The portions are huge! I’m Italian – Venezuelan, this means I never leave food on my plate, ever!! Yet I have never managed to eat everything when I go to Etçi.
The food is always freshly prepared, and the meats and vegetables in the Kebabs are always chargrilled over real coles which gives them that BBQ flavor that’s so delicious.
One of my favorite sauces is the Turkish Chilli Sauce. It’s not that spicy yet spicy enough. I think is made with red and green chilies because of the fresh flavor. They normally serve it with a white mayo-like sauce and freshly baked flatbread that’s also very delicious.
I once tried to make the chili sauce at home and of course, it wasn’t the same, I still eat it all.
I feel the menu is quite varied with vegetarian, fish, breakfasts, salads, and kids options. As well as the usual starters, Turkish pizzas, and Meze.
The menu also has a good selection of traditional Turkish dishes, meaning it’s not all kebabs or general dishes. Now, whether the recipes have been altered to appeal to the Births pallet I don’t know. But on my next Turkish trip, I will make it my job to taste as many dishes as possible to compare.
Here are some of the main courses you’ll find at Etçi
With the desserts, I feel the menu is lacking a bit. There are four traditional Turkish desserts, Baklava, Künefe, Sütlaç (rice pudding), and Ottoman Kadaifi, the rest are general options like ice cream and cheesecake, not sure how cheesecake would be a Turkish dessert, I guess they want to appeal to the masses.
If you’re vegan though there are limited choices, even the flatbread has egg and milk in it.
For the main courses you’re really limited to the vegetable kebab, and as a starter to some of the Meze options like Falafels with Hummus. Don’t get me wrong these are also delicious, but definitely limited options for vegans.
I must say though, I have not gone through a fine comb regarding the vegan options. However, even the waiter in my last visit said there weren’t many options for vegans.
The Atmosphere and Ambience
The restaurant opened in July 2020, basically in the middle of the pandemic so is still fairly new. Furniture and decoration I think are quite nice, although when it comes to design this is a very subjective matter.
What I’m trying to say is that the restaurant is clean, well put together, and not shabby at all. I would say Etçi is in the high-end range of restaurants in Brighton together with Mekan.
Despite having opened in the middle of a pandemic the restaurant is well visited and weekends always has a buzzing atmosphere, is always a good idea to book a table especially nowadays.
It’s not cheap but then Brighton is not really cheap for eating out anyways. I reckon on average per person you could be spending around £25 to £30. A main course will set you back minimum £13.50 and desserts start from £3.95 for a simple ice cream.
In my last visit with friends, I paid £30 for one main course (Chicken Casserole), 1 bottle of Italian red wine £17.95, and 1 shared starter.
Like I said it’s not cheap, but, all the food is freshly made and the portions are huge, so I guess the price does match the service. I in all honesty I prefer to. Paid a little more and have huge portions that pay less money for minute portions the leaves living the place hungry.
And as with everything if want a cheaper place you can visit Anatolia, Ephesus or even the Turkish truck food opposite Palmer Square. I think there’s a price for everyone in Brighton.
Would I go back to Etçi?
A big fat YES. Since it opened I’ve been there around 5 times with Turkish and non-Turkish friends and I really like it. I was gutted when I found it they are not on Deliveroo and could not order before Covid restrictions were lifted. Hopefully, Covid restrictions will continue to be eased, and eating out can return to normality.
Next time though I think I will change my usual Chicken Casserole and order a traditional Kebab.