I take breakfast seriously. At Silo in Brighton, you will experience an amazing bunch of people who not only take breakfast seriously, but food in general. We’re talking ethical, delicious, zero waste, modern, from scratch and just generally yummy food.
Silo is a completely waste free restaurant hidden down the eclectic lane ways of Brighton, on England’s south coast. They mill their own flour, churn their own butter, make their own yogurt, ferment their own drinks, and anything that doesn’t end up in peoples mouths is put into their compost system in the basement.
I didn’t know any of this when I walked in the door. I just wanted to have a yummy breakfast with my husband and cousin who was visiting from Australia. She is Gluten Intolerant, but the waitress told us that because they use an ancient grain in their bread, most people could digest their bread with no issues! Bonus for those who are really missing toast in their Gluten Intolerant lives!
Slow cooked eggs with “intercepted” tomatoes. Food waste in this country is a serious issue, and can be something that’s easy to overlook when you just shop in supermarkets every week. Farmers are throwing away tones of perfectly good produce, simply because it doesn’t meet the visual standards that supermarkets set. Silo have turned those tomatoes; destined for the garbage, into a gorgeous breakfast that really is a must order. Sweet tomatoes and beans, and a perfect slow cooked egg. I really hate snotty egg whites. You know those clear jelly like bits of the egg white that haven’t really cooked? Gross! A total breakfast ruiner! So I’m never really sure how I feel about slow cooked eggs. But to my surprise, these are actually lovely. Soft, but set. With enough firmness that they’re luscious in the mouth but no sickly snottiness in sight! The beans do need more salt and kick in my opinion, and my husband is crying out for some tabasco sauce.
I’ve been on a bit of a yogurt making kick lately, so when I saw Silo made their own yogurt I had to have it. Usually I get order envy if I haven’t ordered eggs when I’m out for breakfast, but honestly I think I won. The yogurt was tart and creamy and paired with the fresh season strawberries, granola and jam it was totally delicious. Unexpectedly the dish was topped with a light and zesty lemon sorbet. Loved the textures and contrast, I could eat this all summer long.
Next time you’re wandering through the laneways of Brighton shopping, do yourself a favour and stop into Silo for some coffee and food! And bring me back a loaf of bread and some yogurt!