A husband and wife team serving up everything from a classic fry up to a spicy Spanish hash
Joe’s Cafe is run by husband and wife team, Dan and Jane Cook, who are passionate about food and believe in the power of a great breakfast and a hearty lunch. Suppliers are carefully handpicked to ensure they are top quality, local and great people.
Joe’s Cafe won Gold for Best Cafe & Silver for Best Breakfast in the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Awards this year and having been to LangeLee’s a few times over the last month or so we decided it was time to check out somewhere new and Joe’s sprung to mind after hearing such good things.
The team at Joe’s Cafe are proud of their suppliers and have a board up detailing where everything’s from, which is a really nice touch. Expect to find sausages, black pudding & bacon from Natural Farm, free range eggs from Holmansbridge Farm, veg from Finn & Farm, veggie and vegan sausage from The Brighton Sausage Co and cakes from Sticky Fingers.
The cafe itself is tucked away in Prestonville, near to Seven Dials and about a ten minute walk from Brighton train station. It’s also pretty much next door to The Chimney House pub, which I’ve also heard some great things about.
The menu has something for everyone and also caters well for veggie and vegan customers. There are fry-ups of varying sizes, from £5 to £8.50, sandwiches, eggs, waffles and a range of American style brunch hashes with fried potatoes, topped with fried eggs, chives & cheese.
Mrs Scoff and I both liked the sound of the Crushed Avocado with fresh chilli & poached eggs on toast (£5.50) with added chorizo (£1.50) but as we never order the same thing, I went for the equally mouth-watering Jane’s Spanish Hash of spanish chorizo, red pepper, mushroom, onion, sweet paprika and fresh chilli (£6.95).
The crushed avocado was perfectly ripe, fresh and topped with slices of spring onion and the pot on the side was full of generously sized nuggets of quality chorizo. I love the fact the some dishes come topped with sliced fresh chilli at Joe’s Cafe as I tend to have some chilli / Lingham’s / Sriracha or similar when I cook breakfast at home. Everything’s better with a bit of chilli!
My hash was also excellent and I was relieved to see it come in a much more manageable size than the hashes at Billie’s. It’s rare that anyone finishes their meal at that place, they must have so much wastage…
Anyway, not only was my hash at Joe’s Cafe a better size, it was better quality too with plenty of crispy chunks of potato, more of that tasty chorizo and just enough cheese on top.
You can have a bigger portion of any of the hashes for £7.95 or go mental and have take on a Hashegeddon (£9.5) of sausage, bacon, black pudding, mushroom, onion, tomato & a side of beans, topped with 2 fried eggs, cheese and chives.
Joe’s Cafe is a fantastic breakfast spot but there are a couple of minor annoyances.
Firstly, some tables feel like they’ve been shoehorned in so if you’re sat by the door you’ll probably have someone’s bum in our face while they wait to place their order at the till and secondly, everyone already knows how good this place is so if you’re here at the weekend, you’ll probably need to queue but as the staff are great it won’t take them long to get you in!